The inaugural Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines will see the 16 NRL clubs competing for $2.6 million in prize money in a two-day blockbuster over February 15 and 16. While the individual 15-man squads are unknown at this stage, each club is committed to fielding 12 players from their top 25 squad, including at least one of their five highest-paid players.
So who is the one Cowboys player most likely to shine at the tournament? Have your say below.
Johnathan Thurston - Arguably the best player in the game, his creative and adaptable kicking game should be even more lethal in Nines football.
James Tamou - He's fast, agile, strong and enormous. Built for Nines footy.
Brent Tate - A quality finisher and reliable defender, Tate's professionalism should see him adapt to whatever is required.
Lachlan Coote - Coote's utility value and running game means he can slot in most places in the backline in regular footy – a key asset with fewer players on the park.
Tariq Sims - An attacking back-rower who can flatten ball runner and defenders alike, will be a handful in Auckland.
Wayne Ulugia - Saw his attacking potency late in 2013 for the Cowboys, his speed will see him get around reduced defensive lines.
Ray Thompson - A versatile playmaker and dummy-half runner who can provide decent service at the scrumbase.