Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
DoB – 29th May 1988
Birthplace – Auckland
Height – 5’ 11” (1.79m)
Weight – 18st (114kg)
Position – Prop
Honours – NZ Secondary Schools
Bolstering their front-row options in January 2015, the Cornish Pirates signed Marlen initially on a short-term contract from Weston-Super-Mare.
Auckland-born, in his youth Marlen represented New Zealand Secondary Schools, playing in the same side as ‘All Blacks’ Zac Guildford and Sam Whitelock, and he was also a member of the Auckland Blues and Western Force Academies.
Much of Marlen’s senior rugby has been played for Nedlands Rugby Club in Australia, and prior to joining Weston-Super-Mare he had also experienced rugby playing for TV Pforzheim in Germany.
Marlen made his debut for the Pirates when used as a replacement when the Cornish Pirates recorded a memorable 45-38 points win against Bristol in February 2015. By the season’s end his tally of appearances totalled seven, and he had also scored two tries.
What about the last four seasons? Well, taking his games tally to 106, Marlen has certainly more than made his mark as a stalwart performer. ‘The President’s Cup’ winner in 2017, he has been quite formidable in the scrum, is dynamic about the field and posesses good ball skills.
Weston, Tring, Nedlands, Pforzheim
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
Phone and Cards
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
What training drill do you dread the most?
Any fitness test
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
John Stevens - to see how he thinks
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I'm part of a gaming clan
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?