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?
Roosters Nines captain Braith Anasta says he's no chance of replicating Brad Fittler's try at the inaugural tournament but hopes he can play on Sunday.
Warriors captain Shaun Johnson's return from a broken ankle at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines has been designed for him to buck any mental concerns.
He is earmarked as the long-term partner to Shaun Johnson in the Warriors halves, and Ata Hingano can't wait to play alongside him at the Auckland Nines.
At 32 years of age veteran Roosters hooker Ian Henderson will make his Nines debut this weekend, a whole 13 seasons after making his NRL debut at the club.
An unexpected injury has handed new Penrith recruit Suaia Matagi the chance to not only head home to Auckland but to play his fist minutes in Penrith colours.
His ball-playing ability will be on show this weekend but Panthers young gun Te Maire Martin says his focus will be on defence at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
The writers at NRL.com make their predictions ahead of the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines. Which teams and players should you be keeping an eye out for?
The official team lists for all teams competing in the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines, including the Kiwi Ferns and Australian Jillaroos.