Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
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 two seasons? Well, Marlen certainly made his mark and by the end of 2016/17 had taken his games tally to 61. He was also presented with ‘The President’s Cup’, for being, in the eyes of the President, the most outstanding contributor on the field during the season.
Uso, Sole, Tucky, Fossil
Weston, Tring, Nedlands, Pforzheim
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
Mayweather vs McGregor
What training drill do you dread the most?
Yoyo test or Anaerobic
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Nico Coronel so I could have a 6 pack and be over 6ft for the first time in my life. Also to be able to speak Spanish and Italian fluently.
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I'm part of a gaming clan
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If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?