'I let the fans down' - Benji Marshall opens up on failed Blues switch

Former Kiwis captain Benji Marshall has opened up about his infamous switch to the Blues and rugby union in 2014.

After walking out on the Wests Tigers at the end of the 2013 NRL season, Marshall traded league for union, moving to Auckland to join coach John Kirwan's Blues side.

However, Marshall struggled to adapt to the 15-man code, unable to hold down a regular position in the Blues' side, before moving back to the NRL with the St George Illawarra Dragons the same year.

Speaking to 20FOUR, Marshall detailed his struggles in adapting to rugby union, having played league for his whole career.

"I don't regret many things, but [I do regret] that whole Auckland Blues saga," he said.

"I feel like I let the fans down in that department.

"I felt like I wasn't up to the standard at the time," he added.

"The [Blues] coach [John Kirwan] came up to me and said it's not working out the way we wanted it to - if you want to go back to league here's your opportunity."

Marshall's return to the NRL would prove to be fruitful, last season joining the Brisbane Broncos on a one-year deal, before coming full circle to re-sign with the Tigers for the 2018 season.

Blues recruit Benji Marshall. Source: Photosport