Justin Marshall has signed for Saracens on a season-long deal.
The New Zealander was granted an early release from his contract with French Top 14 club Montpellier to join Saracens as cover for injured South African scrumhalf Neil de Kock. Marshall will, however, have to bide his time, as he is seen as third choice behind Moses Rauluni and Mickey Wilson.
“Justin is one of the most experienced scrumhalves in the world and a really tough competitor,” explained Saracens’ Director of Rugby, Eddie Jones.
“He will provide great support for Moses and Mickey and we’re lucky to be able to sign someone with his knowledge of the game. We’ve got an exciting few months ahead of us as we challenge for trophies in the European Challenge Cup and Guinness Premiership and we’re looking forward to Justin playing his part in that.”
Marshall, who was capped 88 times for the All Blacks, recently made the headlines when he refused to enter a game off the bench for Montpellier.
“After recent discussions with Montpellier in relation to my one year contract, it was mutually agreed that I wouldn’t renew,” said Marshall. “In light of the current changes at the club and the Saracens approach, the timing fits just right. This decision works well for Montpellier, Saracens and for myself.
“Montpellier have been very attentive in their listening and have facilitated me making a quick decision. I’d like to express my thanks to the club and its supporters. Saracens is a high profile, quality club, and I’m looking forward to joining up with the squad. There’s still a good chunk of the season remaining, and I’m excited about contributing on and off the field.”