Monday, October 17, 2011
Jason Marshall signs for Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne in France
Argentina is not the only country from the Americas benefitting from post Rugby World Cup 2011 contracts as Canadian international tighthead prop, Jason Marshall has followed the likes of Agustín Gosio and Juan Imhoff in getting signed to be a professional athlete. The Canadian number three left New Zealand 2011 with a contract to play in France´s second division, the Pro d2 for Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne on a one season contract which is set to run out on May 31 2012. Marshall could, however, stay on with the club depending on how he likes it and how he performs. The club is located very close to that of Clermont, the 2010 French Top 14 Champions and home to Canadian secondrower, Jamie Cudmore. The club is the former home of legendary French backrower, Olivier Magne but Marshall will not have any Canadian players with him at the club. Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne does have three Argentine players on its roster, however, with hooker Pablo Suárez, prop Nicolás Basile and backrower Alejandro Nazur all at the club.
Despite playing for Northern Welsh side RGC 1404, Marshall´s move to France is to be his first experience as a fully professional rugby player. After only starting to play rugby five years ago, the 26 year old has been playing in the frontrow for even less time than five years as he was initially playing as a backrower after previously playing American Football in the pivotal position of Quarterback for Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Born in North Vancouver, the 118KG Jason Marshall made his international debut in 2008 vs Scotland at Aberdeen and has played a total of twelve international matches thus far for Canada. He started in all four of Canada´s matches at Rugby World Cup 2011 after impressing in home and away warm-up fixtures vs the USA. Marshall has scored two tries for Canada thus far - one each vs Spain and Georgia during Canada´s 2010 European tour.