The disappointment of missing last year's Nines series against the Kiwi Ferns drove Jillaroo Caitlin Moran to achieve national selection.
The Auckland Nines give fans the chance to get a first look at some big-name players in their first hit-out in new colours, this is who we are excited to see.
Senior members of the Jillaroos say they are taking a squad and style purpose-built to beat the Kiwi Ferns in 2017.
Warriors star halfback Shaun Johnson will play fewer minutes at this year's Auckland Nines as he prepares for a genuine tilt at 2017 NRL glory.
With fewer players on the field and more space to move the individual match-ups could prove to be especially vital to your team's chances this weekend.
South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds has withdrawn from the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines with hamstring tightness.
Knights recruit Jamie Buhrer has been named as the club's captain for the 2017 Auckland Nines, with the majority of the squad boasting NRL experience.
Canterbury have named damaging forwards David Klemmer and Sam Kasiano as part of their 19-man squad for the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
Jarryd Hayne's leadership role within the Titans looks set to receive a boost this weekend with the superstar fullback in line to lead his team at the NRL Nines
Sea Eagles centre Dylan Walker will take his place at the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines, replacing the injured Matthew Wright in the squad.