Kiwis in the AFL: Saints young gun exceeding all expectations at the highest level

Rowan Marshall is thriving after his breakout season in 2019 with the St Kilda Football Club.


New Zealand born Rowan Marshall has surprised a lot of footy people with his outstanding 2019 season with St Kilda, playing 20 games as the club’s number one ruckman.

The 202cm tall is in his third season with the club and is already showing great promise for the future.

Originally from Taranaki, Rowan moved to Australia with his family at a young age. He played for the North Ballarat Rebels in the countries premier U18’s competition and stood out enough for recruiters to notice him.

Drafted to the St Kilda Football Club through the rookie draft in 2017, Marshall made his debut in round 18 of the 2017.

Still developing as a ruckman who can push forward, Rowan has the ability to impact the game when needed and play his role for the team through his ruck work, marking and goal sense.

He is a great mentor for young Kiwi boy’s and girl’s aspiring to make it to the top level and has taken time to speak with touring New Zealand teams in the past by sharing his knowledge and his journey to the big league.

Rowan is a promising young player yet to reach his peak on the AFL field.

  • Born 24 November 1995
  • Drafted via Rookie Draft 2017
  • 33 AFL games & 14 goals
  • Second in St Kilda Best & Fairest 2019
  • Voted Players’ Player 2019