Justin Marshall with Furnace Head Teacher Catherine Lloyd-Jenkins (left) and Beth Locking of Mallard
Rugby-mad pupils from Furnace School in Llanelli have enjoyed a special visit from legendary New Zealand scrum-half Justin Marshall.
Marshall was in west Wales in his capacity is an international ambassador for the 21-luxury suite Corran Resort & Spa in Laugharne where he is hosting a special lunch on Friday.
Marshall, who played 81 times for New Zealand, spoke to the pupils ahead of Wales v the All Blacks in Cardiff.
The Furnace pupils asked Marshall many questions and learnt about the Haka, the famous Maori dance. The schoolchildren also sang to Marshall a rendition of Calon Lan.
“It was a great pleasure to speak to these young pupils who were very enthusiastic about their rugby which is not surprising as the school is right next door to the old Stradey Park,” said Justin, who played two seasons for the Ospreys.
“It was great to listen to them sing and their questions just kept on coming. It was just a pity I didn’t have time to answer them all.”
Head teacher Catherine Lloyd-Jenkins said that pupils and staff at the school would remember Justin’s visit for a very long time.
“It was lovely to hear from Justin about his rugby career as well his affinity to Wales,” said Mrs Lloyd-Jenkins.
“It was great that we were able to have a question and answer session with such a true rugby legend.
“One of the important things for me was that it showed the schoolchildren that they can aspire to anything in life if they work hard at it as well as the importance of working as a team in anything they do.”
Marshall presented to the school a signed ball which was presented by Mallards, the Llanelli estate agents who have a community partnership with the school.
At the lunch at The Corran Marshall conducted a question and answer session along with former Wales international Phil Davies.
“It was great to have Justin at The Corran – one of the most famous faces in world rugby. Everyone enjoyed a thoroughly illuminating and enjoyable afternoon,” said Peter Burnett, Managing Director of The Corran.