From the Shute Shield to chasing Commonwealth Games Gold: The rise of Matt Gonzalez and Ben Marr

By Jon Geddes

A DYNAMIC duo plucked from the Shute Shield have become key member of the Australian Sevens squad chasing gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

Eastwood No.9 Matt Gonzalez and Warringah utility back Ben Marr are in the United Kingdom preparing for the start of their Games campaign on Friday after making the most of the opportunities handed to them by national coach John Manenti.

And the coach revealed to Rugby News that he will continue to closely monitor club competitions across Australia looking for prospective recruits.

Manenti is well aware of the untapped talent in the Shute Shield through his long involvement with the Eastwood club and recognised the potential in Gonzalez and Marr.   

“They are both boys that have continuously stood up for their clubs,” Manenti said.