He's only recently made the step up from fringe player to starting prop but Manly prop Jake Trbojevic will run out as captain of the Sea Eagles at the Nines.
The NRL and clubs met today in Auckland to review a range of issues leading into the opening of the 2016 Rugby League season.
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.
NRL Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Young has resigned to take up a new post in the financial services industry.
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.