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The South Sydney Rabbitohs have selected former Australian and New South Wales outside back Matt King in their squad for the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines next weekend.

Included in the strong Rabbitohs Nines outfit that includes Adam Reynolds, George Burgess and captain for the tournament Issac Luke, King will throw on South Sydney's jumper for the first time since 2013, joining Canberra's Ken Nagas as two retired legends who will be taking part at Eden Park.

King played ten Tests for Australia, nine State of Origin matches for New South Wales and three matches for Country Origin on top of his 220 appearances in the NRL and English Super League for the Rabbitohs, Storm and Warrington between 2003 and 2013.

South Sydney coach Michael Maguire said King was definitely excited about his return.

"It's going to test him a bit, it's a pretty quick game the Nines but 'Kingy' has been doing a bit of training with the boys and staying in touch," Maguire told Rabbitohs TV.

"I'm sure the lungs are going to open up once he gets out there."

The return of Brad Fittler and Steve Menzies at last year's inaugural tournament was one of the highlights in 2014 with Fittler's 70-metre intercept try the most replayed piece of action from day one of the tournament.

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