Despite Anthony Griffin not wanting to risk any of his returning stars, livewire Panthers fullback Matt Moylan is keen to test his ankle at the Auckland Nines.
Roosters captain Mitchell Pearce has tipped new signing Jayden Nikorima to thrive in the 2016 NRL Dick Smith Auckland Nines.
Warriors star Shaun Johnson says he is tracking well in his return from a serious ankle injury and the NRL Auckland Nines remains a target.
A trio of talent will debut for their country as part of the Harvey Norman Australian Jillaroos when they face the Kiwi Ferns at the Auckland Nines in February.
A new rule will be introduced for the Downer NRL Auckland Nines, giving teams a "free play" advantage when the opposing team makes a mistake.
All 16 NRL clubs today unveiled their Downer NRL Auckland Nines jerseys ahead of the tournament at Eden Park on 6 and 7 February next year.
Cowboys legend Matt Bowen has welcomed the chance to make a final farewell to footy in next year's Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, but only "if I get picked".
See the official club jerseys for the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
Last year's finalists the Sharks will have to contended with a host of exciting young talent from the Dragons, Titans and Raiders in their Auckland Nines pool.
This is one of the most star-studded pools in the 2016 Auckland Nines, featuring the local heroes, the beaten NRL grand finalists and two big-name Sydney clubs.