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He started the year as Kiwis captain, but New Zealand Rugby League now accepts Benji Marshall’s international career is done and dusted.

Any hopes Marshall might play at the World Cup later this year appear over, with the former captain telling Newstalk ZB/Radio Sport his preference is to focus on pre-season with the Blues.

NZRL boss Phil Holden says while the door is still open for Marshall to play a non-playing mentoring role, he doesn’t think that will happen so close to switching codes.

“He’s acted with a huge amount of integrity through this whole process. He’s been very clear about wanting a change.

“From a New Zealand Rugby League perspective we’re 100 per cent supportive of what he is doing for himself.”

Meanwhile, the Warriors meet the Sea Eagles in Gosford this afternoon from 4pm.

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