A versatile player, comfortable playing in an array of backline positions, Ngati Tuwharetoa iwi member Marty McKenzie was a star for the Taranaki in the 2014 ITM Cup, playing under Maori All Blacks Coach Colin Cooper as the team made it to the ITM Cup Final.
In March 2014, McKenzie was called into the All Blacks Sevens team for the first time, attracting praise from super-coach Sir Gordon Tietjens for his good rugby brain and defensive strength. He is also a useful goalkicker and has a good eye for the tryline.
McKenzie – who plays much of his rugby at fullback - made his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2013 for the Blues, just a year after playing for New Zealand Under 20 in the 2012 Junior World Championship. He has previously starred for the Southland Stags in the ITM Cup, being born and bred in Invercargill and is the cousin of Maori All Black Robbie Robinson.
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Southland Stags, Christ College 1st 15
RUGBY GROUND: Rugby Park
RUGBY PLAYER AND WHY: James O’Connor because of the way he plays the game and the confidence he has for how old he is
EARLIEST RUGBY MEMORIES: Frosty mornings and footy on the front lawn with my brother
BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR RUGBY CAREER AND WHY: My dad because he always gives me feedback, he knows what it takes to be a good rugby player and he always helps me out with my game
ACTOR/ACTRESS: Mark Wahlberg
MOVIE: Friends with Benefits
BOOK: Dan Carter Autobiography
SINGER/BAND/MUSIC TYPE: RnB, Ne-yo
HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Bahamas
NON-RUGBY SPORTS TEAM: Miami Heat
IF I COULD MEET ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY: Le Bron James
I HATE IT WHEN: I have no money
I CANT LIVE WITHOUT: My phone and my family
IF I WASN’T A RUGBY PLAYER I WOULD BE: Professional basketball player