Birth Name: Benjamin Quentin Marshall
Place of Birth: Whakatane, Whakatane District, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
Date of Birth: 25 February, 1985
Ethnicity: Māori, some English, Scottish, and Irish
Benji Marshall is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer. He has captained the New Zealand national team.
Benji’s mother, Lydia, gave birth to him when she was fifteen. Benji was raised without his biological father, a man from Rotorua, New Zealand, by the name of Calvin.
Benji’s maternal grandfather is the son of John Thomas Wilson Marshall and Raiha Pohitere/Poihaitere Biddle. John was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, the son of John Boyd Marshall and Clara Elizabeth Fogarty. Raiha was the daughter of Tori Ben Biddle and Reihana Hakeke.
Benji’s maternal grandmother was Kahira Tiakiwai Turei.
Because of his Scottish heritage, Benji was considered by Scotland Rugby League to represent the country, but he refused the offer.
Sources: Genealogy of Benji Marshall – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Benji’s maternal grandfather (through his brother, William Marshall) – https://www.wikitree.com
Article about one of Benji’s ancestors, land war hero Benedict Biddle – https://en.wikipedia.org
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