James Marshall: London Irish back enjoying Championship life after switch from NZ

James Marshall
James Marshall was part of the Wellington Hurricanes team who won the Super Rugby title in August

London Irish back James Marshall is embracing life in the Championship after making the switch from Super Rugby in New Zealand in the summer.

Marshall, 27, has played at both full-back and fly-half for the Exiles in their perfect start to the season.

"There's some pretty unique road trips and atmospheres in the Championship and I'm enjoying every second," he said.

Top-of-the-table Irish face second-placed Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday with both sides defending 100% records.

Marshall, a Super Rugby title winner with Wellington Hurricanes in August, will start at fly-half for the game at the Madejski Stadium.

Having forged a partnership with fellow utility back Tommy Bell, also a summer arrival from Leicester, Marshall is pleased to rotate between the number 15 and 10 jerseys.

"Myself and Tommy are playing as two sorts of pivots," he told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"It makes things a bit easier, taking the pressure off each other. That's really helping the way I want to play."

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