Marshall to return to NRL
Aucklan - Benji
Marshall's brief rugby union foray is set to end after only one Super
Rugby start with the former New Zealand rugby league skipper in talks to
end his Blues contract and return to the 13-man code.
only agreed a two-year contract with the Blues in August in a bid to
play for the All Blacks at next year's rugby World Cup but he has
struggled for game time under head coach John Kirwan, playing just 212
minutes this season.
"The Blues and New Zealand Rugby can confirm
they have received a request from Benji Marshall to be released early
from his contract," the three times Super Rugby champions said in a
statement on Monday.
"All parties are currently in discussions
regarding this request and need to work through a formal process before
making any further comment."
Marshall, 29, did not take part in
training with the Blues on Monday as they prepare for Friday's clash
against the Waratahs, New Zealand media
He came on as a replacement in the Blues' 39-20 defeat
by the Hurricanes on Friday, slotting a penalty and
conversion in what is expected to be his last appearance in the 15-man
"It just hasn't worked out, it is disappointing," Marshall's agent Martin Tauber told News Corp on Monday.
"He's not had the game time he'd like. This has all happened over the last 36 hours."
said he had spoken with Marshall and praised the utility back, who
had also hoped to play for the New Zealand Sevens team at the 2016
"Yeah, look we've had a conversation and we've spoken
about where we're at, we've had an honest conversation," the former All
Black winger told New Zealand's ONE News.
"We're processing that stuff now, it's frustrating.
"He's an incredibly good team man, a very honest man, we've having honest discussions and moving forward."
had been linked with a move to England with Salford in the 13-man
league code but Tauber ruled that out for the exciting playmaker, who
won an NRL title with the Wests Tigers in 2005 and the 2008 Rugby League
World Cup for New Zealand.
"It might be Queensland or it might be
New South Wales, it depends who is interested in him," Tauber said,
adding he hadn't spoken to any potential suitors yet.