Bulldogs players get into the 'selfie' spirit at the NRL Fan Day held in Aotea Square on Friday.

What's trending at the Auckland Nines

All 16 teams are in Auckland for the start of the 2015 NRL season and by the looks of their social media accounts, they are having a good time.

Rugby league's newest fan

With 2.78 million followers on Twitter, international supermodel Heidi Klum's tweet on Friday afternoon may have brought the NRL and the Warriors a whole new legion of fans. Question is, which Warrior wears Intimates best?

 

 

Nines perspective

As this post from the Dragons shows, a photo is all about perspective. We just never picked Tyson Frizell as a 'selfie stick' kind of guy.

 

 

Sandow's birthday surprise

Perhaps this is what Brad Arthur saw in Chris Sandow before naming the cheeky No.7 captain this weekend. When Chrissy discovered a young fan in Auckland was a mad Parra fan, he took him onto the team bus where the Eels sang him a very special rendition of 'Happy Birthday'. Priceless.

 

 

Beauty and the Beast

When the NRL decided to launch the NRL season in Auckland on Thursday night, having international supermodel Heidi Klum on the guest list probably wasn't part of their thinking. But when she garced the red carpet with her presence plenty of people associated with the game took their chance for a happy snap, including the  'Beast', Manu Vatuvei. And like any crafty hooker should, Nathan Friend saw an opportunity and took it.

 

 

Music to their ears

What do NRL players do in between commitments ahead of the Auckland Nines? In the case of Cowboys pair Matthew Wright and John Asiata, it's a duet on the piano in the team hotel.

 

 

King of the kids

He may be a terrifying sight on the rugby league field but youngsters in Auckland had no hesitation in taking on Roosters co-captain Jared Waerea-Hargeaves on the jumping castle at the Auckland Nines fan day at Aetoa Square.

 

 

Star power

Behind the extroardinary scenes on Friday at the Auckland Nines fan day some of the game's biggest names casually mingled as they signed items of merchandise. Here we have (from left) Daly Cherry-Evans, Benji Marshall, Shaun Johnson, Issac Luke and Will Chambers. Pretty handy bunch of footballers.

 

 

Captains call for @dalycherryevans then on to fan day at Aotea Square. #GoManly

A photo posted by Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (@manlyseaeagles) on

 

On the bus with Bully

There are 16 teams all excited to be in Auckland and pumped for the start of another footy season. This is what happens when you're on the bus next to Issac Luke and a bit of Bruno Mars starts busting out.

 

 

#auckland9s song is a doozy. @dee_walkz #lilbrother breaking down. What yous think. #yolzah or #awwwwwgummmmon

A video posted by Issac luke (@bullyluke14) on

 

A shining Knight in Auckland

Rarely does a rugby league event happen in New Zealand without the 'Mad Butcher', Sir Peter Leitch, being involved. Sir Peter was on hand for the Channel Nine Today Show's live cross and even grabbed a quick happy snap with Nine commentator Tim Gilbert and the NRL's head of commercial, Paul Kind.

 

 

Good morning at the Fanzone #NRLakl9s @todayshow @nzwarriors @NRL @timggilbert Paul kind @panel

A photo posted by @sirmadbutcher on

 

Launch pad

The trophies that will be played for and won over the next 10 months of rugby league were all on display when the 2015 NRL season was launched in Auckland on Thursday night. 

 

 

Cowboys in nice clothing

This time last year he was the breakout player of the tournament; in 2015 Kyle Feldt (far right) took to the stage along with Cowboys teammates Michael Morgan, Jason Taumalolo, Ray Thompson, Gavin Cooper and Rory Kostjasyn as Auckland Nines defending champions.

 

 

Mayor of Auckland

He carried the concept on his shoulders last year and still fans at the Auckland Nines can't get enough of Warriors superstar Shaun Johnson.