2 Mar 2013

Mannering takes over Kiwi captaincy

11:56 am on 2 March 2013

The New Zealand Warriors captain Simon Mannering has been named as the new Kiwis rugby league skipper.

He replaces Benji Marshall, who was stripped of the captaincy on Thursday by coach Stephen Kearney, who says he wants Marshall to concentrate on his game without the burden of the role.

Mannering will lead the side in next month's ANZAC test and the defence of their World Cup title in Britain later this year.

Mannering has captained the Warriors for three years and has been a Kiwis vice-captain during his 28-test career.

The 26-year-old says captaining your country is the biggest honour in the game. Mannering's looking forward to his new role and what he can do for the team in a big year.

Kearney says Marshall remains part of the leadership team and his input is still very much valued.