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Benji Marshall still harbours hopes of playing at the Rugby League World Cup and the NZRL will consider him if he’s available.

Marshall’s committed to the Blues for next year’s Super Rugby season, but his immediate future after the Wests Tigers’ NRL season remains unclear.

Kiwis manager Tony Iro says they’ve yet to talk to Marshall since he made his decision and he concedes he is currently behind Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson and Thomas Leuluai in the pecking order.

“We won’t take four halfbacks to the world cup and so in that regard Benji’s probably sitting at the bottom of those four at the moment.”

But Iro says he’s not ruling out Marshall yet as he’s a world class player.

“We also know what Benji can do as a player.

“If he wants to make himself available for the World Cup he will be considered.”

“I don’t write off champion players.

“Benji has been an outstanding payer for not just the NRL but also for the Kiwis.”

Iro says at this stage they are not considering using Marshall as a mentor for the squad.

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