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Portugal legend ponders Test return... but there's a catch

Samuel Marques of Portugal during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Wales and Portugal at Stade de Nice on September 16, 2023 in Nice, France. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Portugal is in the final stages of signing a new head coach, and the choice might be decisive for the possible return of one of their most legendary players, Samuel Marques.


The Portuguese scrum half, in an interview for the French magazine Journal Officiel de la Ville de Béziers, stated he might be available for selection pending who’s going to fill Patrice Lagisquet’s shoes.

Marques scored two vital clutch kicks for the Lobos in the past two years, the first to qualify Portugal for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, in a last-minute penalty, and the final two points that pushed the Portuguese team to defeat Fiji and claim their first-ever win in a RWC.

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To make matters more interesting Kiwi coach Simon Mannix, who’s rumoured to be one of the two final candidates to take the job, has worked previously with Marques. Mannix coached the scrum half between 2014 and 2016 whilst in Séction Paloise, in what was a successful partnership as Pau won the ProD2 in that first season.

The 35-year-old has won twenty-five caps for his country, scoring 233 points, and now there’s a good chance he will be back to help the Lobos qualify for the 2027 Rugby World Cup. Marques is having a tremendous season for AS Béziers-Hérault alongside Lobos teammates Raffaele Storti and Francisco Fernandes, as they are currently at the top of the ProD2 with six rounds to go to wrap up the regular season.



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