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VANCOUVER -- Jason Marshall could have kept trying to achieve the almost impossible dream of becoming a Canadian quarterback in the CFL, but he opted for a professional rugby career instead. John Brooks Jersey . Now, hes earning a living playing a sport he loves and finding success on the international stage with Canadas national team. The 27-year-old North Vancouver native, who called signals for five seasons with the Simon Fraser University Clan based in Burnbaby, B.C., is gearing up to start a two-year contract with Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne in Frances second division. "I really hope I can stay (in France) for the rest of my rugby career," said Marshall, during a news conference to promote a June 23 international June test match between Canada and Georgia in Burnaby. If all goes according to plan, Marshall, recuperating from surgery to repair a torn bicep, will suit up at prop for Canada against Georgia on the same Swangard Stadium field where he played quarterback for SFU. After completing his university football career in 2008, Marshall had a brief, unsuccessful tryout with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. As often happens with former Canadian university quarterbacks, the Eskimos sought to move Marshall to another position -- fullback. The experiment ended almost as soon as it began "four days after rookie camp." "To me, my football career was over," he said. "I had tried out with Eskimos. It didnt work out. So it was either try something else or go over to the working world. I had a degree in accounting. I was going to try for a (chartered accountant designation) or whatever. But the rugby thing came up. I just stuck with it and it worked out." The same year that he was cut by the Eskimos, Marshall launched his career with the national rugby squad. He had played rugby throughout high school and with club teams and SFU during his first two years of university eligibility while also serving as a backup quarterback on the gridiron. But before his third year, his football coaches offered a larger scholarship on the condition that he stop playing rugby in order to avoid injury. So he focused on football for three years. Since returning to rugby full-time, he has suited for Canada in 12 international matches, including all four at last falls World Cup in New Zealand. In the process, the six-foot-three Marshall bulked up to 255 pounds and moved from the front line to prop, a football-lineman-like position that requires passing, punting and tackling skills. He signed his contract with the French squad just before Canada opened the competition with a 25-20 upset of Tonga en route to going 1-2-1 and finishing fourth in its pool. "My ultimate goal was just to make the World Cup," he recalled. After that, Marshall thought he would pursue an accounting-related career. But now he plans to play as long as possible in France, where he currently makes close to six figures -- much more than he would in the CFL -- and suit up for Canada in two more World Cups. In other words, his former football dream has become a strong rugby itch. "Theres not that big a rugby following in Canada," he said. "But once you get to go and experience games overseas, just games in France -- or we went and watched a game in Australia -- you see its like how hockey-crazy it is in Canada. So I want to stick with it and see what I can do with it." According to Rugby Canada officials, Marshall is one of about 10 Canadian team members playing professionally overseas. Others include Adam Kleeberger, a 27-year-old Elk Point, Alta., native, who plays for London Scottish in England. Gareth Rees, Rugby Canadas national mens program manager, said Marshall benefits twofold from his contract with the French team, which includes one year (2012) plus an option (2013). "One, hes playing against the best in the world," said Rees. "But two, hes supported in a way where its now his livelihood. So hes supported fully. He does everything that he should do -- whether its through the training regimes or the competition-skills models -- so that hes fully prepared to play for Canada. It makes him a better player for Canada. In turn, Marshall serves as inspiration for younger players to pursue a national rugby dream. "It sends a clear message to kids -- not only Canadian rugby players, but Canadian football players -- to choose the sport if you want to have a professional career, largely with the way the salaries are in the CFL," said Rees. "You can add to that, for families and people that dont know rugby, that you can now go to the Olympics. So thats why I say its pretty exciting times for rugby." Rees said Marshall is a team leader and will likely continue to be one over the next decade. However, Marshall said, he no longer has the special status anointed to quarterbacks. Unlike in football, all rugby positions are equal and everyone has a chance to be a star, in contrast to the anonymity that often comes with playing on the offensive line. As a result, rugby is a closer-knit team sport. "You still get the recognition if you want it," he said. "Its just all about how hard you want to work." Accordingly, Marshall has no regrets about quitting football, even though the Eskimos showed a renewed interest. "I havent told anybody this, but after the World Cup, they actually contacted me again," he said. "They wanted me to come out to their training camp this summer." But he has other plans. Note: In addition to the contest against Georgia, Canada will host test matches against the U.S. on June 9 in Kingston, Ont., and Italy on June 15 in Toronto. The matches will be Canadas first since the World Cup. Miguel Ibarra Jersey . No exaggeration, the season has been great thus far.  A more unpredictable Premier League is better viewing. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Jersey . Assistant coach Glen Gulutzan said Thursday that Edler, who played Tuesday in Nashville, is out indefinitely.CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan thought he had earned a prominent role on the U.S. World Cup team right up until the moment he was cut from the roster by coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Donovan was still stunned and confused by Klinsmanns decision when he went back to work with the LA Galaxy on Saturday. "Im disappointed. Im sad," Donovan said Saturday after the Galaxys practice. "Im human, and I wanted to go. I really wanted to go. Im at peace with it. I respect the decision. I just feel in my heart that I deserve to be there, and thats the pill thats hardest to swallow." The 32-year-old attacker was denied the chance to play in his fourth World Cup after Klinsmann chose U.S. team newcomer Aron Johannsson and 31-year-old Chris Wondolowski over the most accomplished international player in American history. The decision surprised Donovan, who believed a strong performance in training camp had secured his spot on the 23-man roster. But Donovan declined to speculate on additional possible factors in the decision: his recent soccer sabbatical, the coachs decision to evaluate a versatile player solely as a forward, or the impact of the Americans difficult group draw on their long-term planning. "I think if Im being judged solely on what happens in camp, then I absolutely deserved to be going to Brazil," Donovan said. "I firmly believe that not only should I be going, but I feel like I really deserved it, and not from anything that I did in the past, but from what Ive done in the last week and a half." Donovan gave little insight into whatever reasons Klinsmann shared with him at the Bay Area training camp. Klinsmann provided only murky details about his decision Friday, saying other players were "a little step ahead of Landon in certain areas." "I dont agree with that assessment," Donovan said. "I think I was at least as good as everybody else in camp. ... I think I was one of the better players, so thats why it stingss a little. Joe Corona USA Jersey. . If I had gone in and didnt feel like I deserved it, I could live with that. But thats not the case here." Donovan had nothing to say about any underlying implications of the mocking tweet by Jonathan Klinsmann, the coachs teenage son, moments after the announcement. "I dont really know his son well, so Im not really sure where that came from," Donovan said. Donovan also doesnt think his four-month sabbatical from soccer in 2013 after the Galaxys second straight MLS Cup title should have worked against him. "I actually think Ive been a much better player since I came back," he said. Donovan is the career U.S. leader with 57 international goals, and is second with 156 appearances. He has scored five World Cup goals, including a stoppage-time goal against Algeria to send the Americans to the second round four years ago. Instead of jetting off to Brazil, the five-time MLS Cup champion will resume his pursuit of the top U.S. leagues career goal-scoring record in Sundays home game against Philadelphia. Donovan tied Jeff Cunninghams mark with his 134th goal late last season, but hasnt scored in seven matches with the Galaxy this year. "Im excited to be back here," Donovan said. "I certainly didnt want to be back here under these circumstances or this soon, but I love these guys. These are my teammates, and this is my home. I will not let this affect me going forward." Donovan said he would gladly return to the U.S. team from the standby list if an injury created a spot on the roster, and he wouldnt rule out playing for the U.S. team in the future. He urged fans to support Klinsmanns current squad because "I dont want there to be a negative tint to any of this." "Ive always loved representing this country, so I cant imagine that if Im given another opportunity that I would say no," Donovan added. "But at this point, Im just trying to deal with the disappointment." wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap soccer jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys china ' ' ' 

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