New Blues star Benji Marshall runs the ball in his first trial game against the Hurricanes.
New Blues star Benji Marshall runs the ball in his first trial game against the Hurricanes. GETTY IMAGES

Marshall looks forward to Sydney return

MORE than 30,000 fans are expected to turn up at Sydney's Allianz Stadium tomorrow night for the Super Rugby trial match between the Waratahs and the Blues.

While the return of bad boy Kurtley Beale in sky blue colours will create plenty of interest, most eyes will be on former Wests Tigers captain Benji Marshall who received a pass mark for his 40-minute debut for the Blues in the 15-man game last weekend.

The 28-year-old, expected to again be given plenty of time at flyhalf, said he was looking forward to returning to his old stomping ground.

"It will be all right, I lived there for 14 years, so I've still got a lot of friends and family there," he said.

"I'm looking forward to it. I've still got my mum and little brother living over there.

"I've got 40 or 50 coming to the game - it will be good to see them."

The Blues were beaten 38-35 by the Hurricanes in Masterton last Saturday, while the Melbourne Rebels beat the Waratahs 33-28 in oppressive conditions in Albury.


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