Despite his strong form towards the back end of the season for the Brisbane Broncos, former Kiwis captain Benji Marshall will play no part in New Zealand's Rugby League World Cup campaign, according to selector Tawera Nikau.
Marshall, 32, has caught they eye for the Broncos in recent weeks, filling it at halfback as Brisbane have marched into the NRL's preliminary finals.
However, despite his showings for his club, Marshall won't be given the chance to replicate his feats on the international stage one last time.
"Over the past couple of years, we've had a policy and a process of actually having a pathway for some of our younger players," Nikau said.
"Benji's one of those guys - he's evergreen - he's been outstanding. In his day he was probably one of the best players in the world."
"He still has a lot to share in terms of his leadership, and his understanding what those skills are. But when you're going to the World Cup, we've already set a precedent with some of the people we've picked in the past."