The Auckland Nines wasn't just about the on-field action, with NRL sides visiting local clubs, bringing the community together in the process.
Being named MVP for the three-match Jillaroos v Kiwi Ferns series is just the latest honour on Chelsea Baker's rugby league resume.
It's no coincidence the final of the Downer NRL Auckland Nines was a repeat of last year's Holden Cup final, with a host of NYC stars dominating the tournament.
St George Illawarra young gun Jai Field says he clocked a 4.6sec 40-metre dash in the pre-season, faster than the likes of James Tedesco and James Roberts.
Having a 30-strong contingent of family and friends from his home town of Tokoroa with him was just the icing on the cake for Auckland Nines champ Joseph Manu.
Connor Watson was crowned the Auckland Nines MVP and is now set to play a pivotal role for the Sydney Roosters in the upcoming NRL season.
After a poor 2016, the Roosters have kicked off the new season in the best possible fashion, something coach Trent Robinson hopes continues in the NRL season.
Nine players were selected in the official team of the tournament for the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines, including MVP Connor Watson.
Young guns rise to the occasion, injuries hinder tournament stars, and the Jillaroos create history. The key points of discussion to come from the Nines.
A full wrap of the injury news to come from the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines.