Tanika Marshall to play for Fiji

INTERNATIONAL: Tanika Marshall will line up for Fiji against Australia in Suva on Friday, October 11. Photo: supplied
INTERNATIONAL: Tanika Marshall will line up for Fiji against Australia in Suva on Friday, October 11. Photo: supplied

Mount Isa born Tanika Marshall will play international football this weekend.

Tanika will travel to Suva to represent the Fijian Prime Ministers XIII in a rugby league clash with Australia on Friday, October 11.

Tanika, who has been the face of the team on posters for the game, made history earlier this year when she played in Fiji's first ever women's rugby league team.

She played as centre in the side which beat Papua New Guinea 28-0 in June.

Now based in Ipswich and playing for Brothers, she comes from illustrious Mount Isa rugby league stock.

Her father is Brendon Marshall who played for Townies for many years while her grandfather Noah "Mr Footy" Savuro was a Foley Shield legend.

Tanika went to Barkly Highway State School before the family moved to Ipswich so dad Brendon could further his own footy career with the Jets.

Tanika is contracted to the Broncos development squad and was training with the Australian PM's XIII when she suffered a shoulder injury and chose to trial with Fiji.

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