Benji Marshall is not happy with his New Zealand demotion.
The West Tigers and Kiwis star has been stood down from his duties as captain of the New Zealand team ahead of the 2013 World Cup according to Fox News.
New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney announced the decision to choose a new captain and said the decision had been made in the best interests of the team.
The move has been suggested in giving the exciting play-maker more freedom and reduce his workload in the hopes the Kiwis can defend their title against a strong Australian outfit intent on redemption.
Kearney admitted the decision had been tough and that Marshall had desired to continue his role as captain.
The former Dally M winner will remain as part of the New Zealand team despite his demotion when the Kiwi’s look to upset the Australians like they did under Marshall in 2008.
“Although this decision has been a difficult one, it has been made in the best interests of the team and Benji will remain an integral part of the Kiwis going forward,” said Kearney.
New Zealand Warriors captain Simon Mannering is the favourite to take over the role of captain when it is announced at a media conference to be held on Friday.