Former All Blacks and Ospreys star Justin Marshall head of promotions at Corran Hotel in Laugharne
FORMER All Blacks and Ospreys rugby star Justin Marshall is looking to bring skills from the rugby field to the hotel sector in South West Wales.
The 39-year-old has been hired as a head of promotions at the Corran Hotel in Laugharne, which was once known as Hurst House and owned by Men Behaving Badly TV star Neil Morrissey.
The venue officially re-opened in February and is already considering further expansion plans after extending from 18 to 21 rooms.
Mr Marshall has made a personal and financial commitment to the business and admitted it was not without its risks.
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The former All Black said: "A big part of rugby, particularly now as the game moves into the future, is your need to set goals, and they need to be achievable goals to get everybody working together as a group.
"These sorts of goals are absolutely what you need in the world of business."
The father-of-three also spends a large amount of his time following the All Blacks around the world and will now look to promote the Corran across the globe.
He said: "I travel the world as a rugby player and I haven't stopped travelling the world.
"I follow the All Blacks wherever they go. I go to South Africa and I go to Australia.
"I can give international exposure to Laugharne and to the Corran.
"That is a big part of my role as well." Mr Marshall said he is excited about the future for his latest venture but admits it will not come without risk.
He added: "No business does not come with an element of risk.
"You look to eliminate the risks and then put your mind at ease.
"This is a unique hotel as it is not down the road from a Hilton or Marriott. We are in a different type of hotel market, add to that the events in this area and you are giving people something they don't get every day and therefore eliminating the risk."
Mr Marshall is father to 10-year-old Lachlan, eight-year-old Fletcher and his six-year-old daughter Lucia who was born in Wales.
He added: "When I was playing rugby here I really took an interest and fell in love with Wales.
"I came across Laugharne by chance, it is quintessentially Welsh. I have been very fortunate that I have travelled the world and been to some beautiful places. Laugharne just appealed to me."