Wests Tigers have today announced an 18-man squad to travel to New Zealand for the 2016 Auckland Nines tournament at Eden Park.
Chris Lawrence will captain the side for the second consecutive year, with the two-day event taking place on February 6 and 7.
With last year’s side having a successful tournament by making it through to the semi-finals, 10 players from that team will be making the trip again in 2016.
Six players in the team will play their first NRL Auckland Nines tournament, including rookies Joshua Addo-Carr, Tyler Cassel and Watson Heleta.
The tournament will be the first hit-out in Wests Tigers colours for a number of new recruits such as Michael Chee-Kam, Justin Hunt and Jack Littlejohn.
It’s side boasting youth but also experience and is headlined by exciting players including Tim Simona, Kevin Naiqama and Manaia Cherrington.