Brisbane utility Benji Marshall will don a Broncos jersey for the first time at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines as he tries to earn a spot in Brisbane's 17.
Knights Nines skipper Jamie Buhrer believes the pressure to lead a young group will help him to grow as a player and take his game to another level.
Last year he watched on TV, a week ago he was working as an apprentice carpenter, but this weekend Alexander Brimson will be in action at the Auckland Nines.
Decorated Australian representative Renae Kunst will lead the Jillaroos onto the field for the first time at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines on Saturday.
Ali Lauitiiti has sent out an ominous message to any player who comes across his former Kiwis teammate Ruben Wiki on the Eden Park turf.
He will spend the bulk of the 2017 NRL season on the wing but Tui Lolohea has no idea what his role for the Warriors will be at the Auckland Nines.
Sharks skipper Wade Graham says his side will approach this weekend's Downer NRL Auckland Nines as an opportunity to blood youngsters with an eye on the future.
From teenage rookies to a 44-year-old who will still have players looking over their shoulders, the Auckland Nines will feature some spectacular performances.
They were stripped of last year's title but the Parramatta Eels are determined to win the Downer NRL Auckland Nines in 2017.
It became the hottest selling jersey during his stint in the NFL and as he prepares to wear No.38 for the final time, Jarryd Hayne explains its importance.