Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall has continued his career resurgence with selection in the New Zealand Test side for the Kiwis upcoming matches against Australia and England.
Marshall, who recently announced a new contract with the club to take him to his 18th season in the NRL, made his return to the New Zealand national side earlier this year — steering the Kiwis to a strong win over Tonga in Auckland.
The 34-year-old has once again been named in the squad by Michael Maguire for what will be his 29th Test match appearance for the Kiwis.
Maguire has named four potential debutants in the squad with all named Braden Hamlin-Uele, Corey Harawira-Naera, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Zane Tetevano included alongside Jordan Rapana, Jamayne Isaako, Kevin Proctor and Joseph Tapine — all of which weren't involved in the mid-season win over Tonga.
After the completion of the NRL World Cup 9's next weekend, New Zealand will take on Australia as part of a triple-header at WIN Stadium in Wollongong on October 25 before facing England in Auckland and Christchurch in early November.
For Marshall, it will be the first time facing the green and gold of Australia since 2012 when he captained the Kiwis in an end-of-season Trans-Tasman Test.
NEW ZEALAND SQUAD
Leeson Ah Mau (Dragons), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm), Kenny Bromwich (Storm), Kieran Foran (Bulldogs), Braden Hamlin-Uele (Sharks), Corey Harawira-Naera (Bulldogs), Jahrome Hughes (Storm), Jamayne Isaako (Broncos), Shaun Johnson (Sharks), Isaac Liu (Roosters), Joseph Manu (Roosters), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Ken Maumalo (NZ Warriors), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders), Briton Nikora (Sharks), Kevin Proctor (Titans), Jordan Rapana (Raiders), Brandon Smith (Storm), Joseph Tapine (Raiders), Zane Tetevano (Roosters), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (NZ Warriors), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters)
UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE
October 15-16 — World Cup 9's at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
October 25 — Australia vs. New Zealand at WIN Stadium, Wollongong
November 2 — New Zealand vs. Great Britain at Eden Park, Auckland
November 9 — New Zealand vs. Great Britain at Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch