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No regrets for Marshall over Blues video

Departing Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall has refused to apologise for appearing in an Auckland Blues jumper to announce his impending code switch - but insists the stunt was done at the request of the Super Rugby franchise.
No regrets for Marshall over Blues video
by AAP

By Steve Jancetic

SYDNEY, August 13 AAP - Departing Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall has refused to apologise for appearing in an Auckland Blues jumper to announce his impending code switch - but insists the stunt was done at the request of the Super Rugby franchise.

The Blues on Saturday released a video of Marshall wearing the Blues jersey he will wear for the next two seasons, despite being under contract with the Tigers until the end of the season.

The incident attracted condemnation from fans and club officials - including coach Michael Potter.

Given a chance to say he regretted the video, Marshall instead laid the blame at his future employers.

"What's been done has been done," Marshall said.

"At the end of the day that's where my job's going to lie next year, they wanted to put that out and release that.

"That's over as far as I'm concerned."

Pressed further on the anger the incident may have caused some Tigers fans, Marshall said:

"Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, if they feel that way they feel that way.

"I had to put out what I put out for the Blues sake, we're not in finals contention, so it was the time to do it."

Potter went on Sydney radio on Monday admitting the video was in bad taste, but Potter denied he and the coach were at odds.

"He actually didn't rip me out, he called me last night to tell me it was quite the opposite," Marshall said of his relationship with Potter.

"The relationship between myself and the coach is great, we get along great, no dramas there."


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