Four Nations: Benji Marshall left out of New Zealand training squad

(L-R) Kieran Foran, Thomas Leuluai, Benji Marshall and Shaun Johnson
Marshall, second from right, has been left out of the squad despite an impressive end to the season
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New Zealand have left playmaker Benji Marshall out of their 2014 Four Nations training squad despite his return to the code from a spell in rugby union.

Kieran Foran, who is in the NRL finals with Manly, is likely to be preferred despite the 29-year-old's strong end to the season with St George-Illawarra.

Foran would join Shaun Johnson and former Wigan man Thomas Leuluai as Stephen Kearney's options at half-back.

Warriors' utility Ben Henry and Penrith stand-off Issac John are out injured.

Suaia Matagi and Fa'amanu Brown have also been named in Samoa's squad, with both players eligible for either nation.

New Zealand begin the Four Nations series against world champions Australia on 25 October in a repeat of last year's World Cup final, while England play Samoa in the second part of a double-header at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

New Zealand squad: Gerard Beale (St George Illawarra), Adam Blair (Wests Tigers), Fa'amanu Brown (Cronulla), Sosaia Feki (Cronulla), David Fusitua (NZ Warriors), Siliva Havili (NZ Warriors), Valentine Holmes (Cronulla), Konrad Hurrell (NZ Warriors), Shaun Johnson (NZ Warriors), Ngani Laumape (NZ Warriors), Thomas Leuluai (NZ Warriors), Simon Mannering (NZ Warriors), Suaia Matagi (NZ Warriors), Ben Matulino (NZ Warriors), Matt McIlrick (Canberra), Jason Nightingale (St George-Illawarra), Sauaso Sue (Wests Tigers), Brad Takairangi (Wests Tigers), Martin Taupau (Wests Tigers), Bodene Thompson (Wests Tigers), Manu Vatuvei (NZ Warriors).

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