|Benji Marshall of the Wests Tigers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Marshall, the Wests Tigers five-eighth who helped the Kiwis to a World Cup triumph in 2008, was relieved of the captaincy by coach Stephen Kearney, who said the decision was made in the best interests of the team.
Marshall said it was a decision ''I'm just going to have to live with''.
"Obviously it's disappointing,'' Marshall said. "You wouldn't be human if you didn't feel some sort of disappointment at not being able to captain your country again.
"The decision was Steve's and the New Zealand Rugby League's, and it's just a decision I'm just going to have to live with. At the end of the day I'm still an integral part of the New Zealand rugby league team. I've still got a job to do to help in the World Cup. That's not going to change.
"Not having a 'C' next to my name is going to be different, but that's not going to change me as a person or as a leader. If anything, I'm just going to have to be more up front and lead from the front a bit more, without having the captaincy. It's not the end of the world. The decision's been made, and we all have to move on. That starts with me.
"It was the proudest moment of my career, captaining my country. I was lucky enough that I got to break the record for most caps as Kiwi captain. But I've still got a job to do for the New Zealand Rugby League and that's to win the World Cup.