NRL fans are about to get their first taste of rugby league this year, in the exciting, fast-paced Auckland Nines.
The 2017 Auckland Nines will be held on February 4th and 5th (Australian time).
This competition is hard to predict with clubs choosing inexperienced squads, altered rules and game-play, and a hectic two-day schedule.
But we’ve had a crack anyway.
Dragons, Eels, Sea Eagles, Warriors
Players to watch out for: Tyson Frizell (Dragons), Corey Norman (Eels), Dylan Walker (Sea Eagles), Shaun Johnson (Warriors).
Rookies hoping to make their mark: Jai Field (Dragons), Jamal Fogarty (Eels), Brian Kelly (Sea Eagles), Ata Hingano (Warriors).
Expect to see tries from: Nene Macdonald (Dragons), Bevan French (Eels), Jorge Taufua (Sea Eagles), Solomone Kata (Warriors).
Full squad lists here
- The Dragons lost all three matches in last year’s tournament
- The Eels had three players in the 2016 team of the tournament
- The Sea Eagles conceded 34 points in the group stage in 2016, the second least of any team
- The Warriors lost the final 2016 to the Eels, who were later stripped of the trophy
Who will advance: Eels and Warriors