Jeremy Marshall-King lost his father in a car crash this week – but he wants to honour his family by playing for New Zealand this autumn.
The 23-year-old, who is the half-brother of Kiwi legend Benji Marshall, was in camp with the New Zealand World Cup Nines team in Sydney when he learned of the fatal accident.
Canterbury Bulldogs half-back Marshall-King spent the day with family on Wednesday before returning to camp, telling team management and his fellow players that it was his wish to play in the World Cup Nines in honour of his late father, Shane King.
Kiwis coach Michael Maguire said: “We are all feeling for Jeremy and his family and have rallied around him to give him all the support we can this week.
“He had time away but has told us he wants to play for his country and we’re all behind him to help him achieve his goal.
“We also wish to pass on our deepest condolences to Jeremy’s family at this sad time.”