8 Nov 2008

Marshall puts Kiwi captaincy alongside Tigers triumph

7:35 am on 8 November 2008

The New Zealand rugby league player Benji Marshall has ranked his elevation to the New Zealand Test captaincy alongside Wests Tigers' NRL premiership triumph as career highlights.

Marshall will captain his country for the first time in tonight's World Cup pool match against England.

Marshall says he rated winning the NRL title with the Tigers in 2005 as his previous career highlight but says this will go close to matching it.

He had never captained a senior team before with his last match as skipper for Keebra Park High School on the Gold Coast.

Injury has blighted Marshall's international career and today will be just his seventh Test.

Going into the World Cup he had played just four of the Kiwis' 22 previous Tests.