Warriors name star-studded Nines squad
The Warriors have announced a star-studded preliminary squad for this year's Auckland Nines, including Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering, Sam Tomkins, Manu Vatuvei and Ryan Hoffman.
Star New Zealand halfback and reigning Golden Boot Johnson will captain the side as he did last year, with Hoffman joining fellow new recruits Jonathan Wright, Bodene Thompson and Matt Allwood in the 22-man squad.
Several members of the club's NYC premiership-winning Junior Warriors outfit have also been included, with Sam Lisone, Ken Maumalo and Nathaniel Roache joining 2014 Nines squad members and fellow NYC stars Tuimoala Lolohea and Solomone Kata.
The squad includes 12 players who were involved in last year's competition, and will be trimmed to 18 players before the 2015 tournament, which runs on January 31 and February 1.
Warriors preliminary squad for 2015 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines:
Shaun Johnson (c)