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 took the Premiership title for the first time.
In March 2014, McKenzie was called into the All Blacks Sevens team, 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 try line.
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 former Maori All Black Robbie Robinson.
He was selected for the Maori All Blacks tour of Japan in 2014 and in 2015 he moved to the Chiefs where he has impressed at both first five-eighth and fullback.
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