West Tiger's icon Benji Marshall is one of the most famous rugby league players of this century, but the Kiwi star stumbled only in the game on a school trip as a teenager.
Marshall, who plays his 300th NRL on Sunday, revealed that he had not played rugby league before traveling from New Zealand to the Gold Coast as a 15-year-old as part of a high school.
The 34-year-old made his debut in 2003 before leading the tigers to the joint venture club's NIME Premier in 2005.
Marshall said he took a subject to get out of his small town. The movement unintentionally led to one of the most exciting NRLs in recent history.
"I took tourism as a subject in high school because I wanted to get out of New Zealand," Marshall said at NRL 360.
"We went and visited a school called Keebra Park on the Gold Coast and they said" Make some of you play rugby league & # 39; and I said I played the touch.
"They said," Want a try, we play Canberra SG Ball side. "I had never played, but we had this test and brained Canberra SG Ball side and they offered us back on scholarship.
"It just happened, the school was connected to the West Tigers and (coach) Tim Sheens identified me from there.
"Tim Sheens saw things in me that others thought were nice and scary, and they didn't like the way I played. The side steps, the girl passing, I made the chips and chasing the school, and he encouraged me through my younger years to put them in Game. "
Marshall's unique style saw him earn international honors before his flick passes to Pat Richards in the 2005 grand final etched his name in rugby league folklore.
But the veteran admits he has fought with attention over the years.
"It's a little embarrassing because I'm still playing with some guys who say (they looked up to me) and I'm a little embarrassed," Marshall said.
"But when I look back at these things and what I've accomplished in the game, it's pretty special and humiliated. But that means more to my family who gets me.
"The week after winning in" 05 would be the big one. Just see guys like Mark O'Neill and John Skandalis, the stalwarts of the club, keeping the trophy was special to me.
"Also to see how much it meant to the fans, it made people's dreams come true, and for me it was great."
The Tigers are facing Parramatta on Sunday.
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