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Marty Banks

Fullback, First five-eighth

Bio

Reefton-raised Marty Banks joined the Hurricanes in 2014 off the back of a stellar ITM Cup for Championship winners the Tasman Makos.

After scoring a record 131 points for 2012 Heartland Championship Lochore Cup winners Buller, first five-eighth or fullback Banks moved to Nelson and the Waimea Old Boys club.

Making the Makos squad for the first time as an injury replacement for established fullback Robbie Malneek, he established a Tasman union record 130 points in just his first six ITM Cup games, including a one-match record 28 against Northland. Banks ended the season with 170 points, capping it off by scoring a length of the field intercept try in Tasman’s Championship final 26-25 win over Hawke’s Bay.

He was nominated as NPC Player of the Year along with winner Andy Ellis and Hurricanes teammate Victor Vito.

Banks started his provincial rugby with the Canterbury Colts after leaving Christchurch Boys’ High School in 2007, before heading to Russia in 2011 for a stint with Siberian club, Krasny Yar.

Banks featured at fullback for the Hurricanes for part of the season in 2014, earning five caps. He went on another remarkable scoring spree for the Tasman Makos in the 2014, helping them reach the Preniership final against Taranaki.

He moved to the Highlanders in 2015 before ending his New Zealand career.

Player profile

Position
Fullback, First five-eighth
Hurricane
199
Height
192
Weight
91
Date of birth
19-09-89
Birthplace
Reefton
Province
Tasman
Nickname
Screech
Career
2014

Stats

Provincial Teams
Tasman, Buller
Provincial Debut
2012 v Thames Valley (Buller)
Super Rugby Caps
5
Super Rugby Points
5 (1c, 1p)
Super Rugby Debut
2014, v Sharks in Durban
Appearances
5