Benji Marshall to break record as Kiwis captain

Benji Marshall to break record as Kiwis captain
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Mon 21 Oct 2019, 11:52 AM

Four months after making his international comeback following a seven-year absence, halfback Benji Marshall will now captain New Zealand for the first time since 2012 this Friday when the Kiwis take on Australia at WIN Stadium.

The Test in Wollongong will be Marshall’s record 20th appearance as captain of New Zealand.

New Zealand coach Michael Maguire made the announcement of Marshall’s captaincy in Sydney on Monday as the Kiwis begin their preparation for following Saturday night’s loss to Australia in the World Cup Nines.

Marshall wasn’t used in the short-form game to prepare for the end-of-season Test campaign which continues after this week’s match with two clashes against the Great Britain Lions in Auckland on November 2 and Christchurch on November 9.

Marshall replaces the unavailable Dallin Watene-Zelezniak as captain, who led the Kiwis in their last five Tests against Australia, England and Tonga.

Marshall’s 29th Test since his debut in 2005 will take him ahead of Gary Freeman for the most Tests as Kiwi captain. They were level on 19 after Marshall last captained the side against Australia in Townsville in October, 2012.

The 34-year-old Whakatane-born playmaker led the Kiwis for the first time when he stood in for an injured Nathan Cayless against England in Newcastle during the triumphant 2008 Rugby League World Cup campaign.

That answers another question …2020 WT’s captain

RTS not playing either?
I thought Dallin only got the job because he was out of the previous games?

Congrats Benji.

I think it’s a no brainier to make him our 2020 captain too

Congrats to KING BENJI.

Hopefully the beginning of a great, injury free next 12 months to end a career on a high note. And yes no brainer looking to have him selected as a WT Club Capitan for 2020 season.

@momo_amp_medo said in Benji Marshall to break record as Kiwis captain:

Hopefully the beginning of a great, injury free next 12 months to end a career on a high note. And yes no brainer looking to have him selected as a WT Club Capitan for 2020 season.

End career? How sure are you of that? Could squeeze two years out of those old legs