St George Illawarra's Nines captain Josh Dugan is proud of how far he's come from his troubled younger days to now lead the Dragons at the Auckland Nines.
The Downer Auckland Nines is set to kick-off the 2016 NRL season and you can watch EVERY GAME LIVE on your compatible smartphone, tablet or laptop.
NRL ambassador and Kiwi Ferns player Georgia Hale is hoping her side can again earn bragging rights over the Jillaroos at the Downer Auckland Nines.
Tariq Sims is hungry for his first taste of Nines football since winning the inaugural tournament with the North Queensland Cowboys.
Off-contract Eels playmaker Corey Norman is aiming to make the 2016 campaign a big one, first as Nines captain then as a key cog in a star-studded backline.
Fullback Omar Slaimankhel says he can't wait to run back out onto Eden Park for his first senior game in Roosters colours at the Downer Auckland Nines.
Englishman Tyrone McCarthy gets his chance in the Auckland Nines following Mose Masoe's torn ACL but says he and the Dragons are gutted for their teammate.
There's not a single NRL game between them but these players will capture the attention of many fans watching this weekend's Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
Don't be fooled by the strength of the Cowboys' Downer NRL Auckland Nines squad this weekend, it is all about preparing for a long season ahead.
The Downer NRL Auckland Nines will give fans their first chance to see star signings in action at their new clubs. Will they make an immediate impact?