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#1 G Las D

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 10:32 AM

Roosters have announced they will not be using any of their World Cup players in the Auckland 9's comp in Feb.

This caused the organisers to quickly tell (reassure) fans that the comp will feature many top players.

To be fair to Roosters they are playing the World Club Challenge game a week later.

According to what I've read there are only 2,000 or so WCC tickets left for sale.


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:29 AM

Roosters nor the Storm will win this, they both are missing top line players, still, this is going to be a amazing contest, i really dont think most realise how good this is going to be. 

My pick would have to be the raiders.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:31 AM

Would a summer 9s tournament work?  Teams could be based on states/territories and half/whole day events, with every team participating, could be held in each of the capital cities over a couple of months.. 

 

Not sure how they'd choose players for this or even how they'd allocate teams around the country ... but I know I'd watch it and so would many others.  It'd be a great alternative to cricket or the a-league.


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:21 AM

Naturally I'll be rooting for Storm as winners ...

NZ Warriors on home territory should be hard to beat.

Another team to watch: Panthers.

So my three: Storm, Warriors and Panthers


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:21 AM

I've got seven Tickets.

 

My kids have chosen a scound team to cheer on over the two day, the lucky winning clubs are : 

 

The Newcastle Knights :   My lad who is most serious about Rugby league is a Wayne Bennett fan , we for that reason will attend their public training Session

 

The Melbourne Storm :  Traditional rivalry round and ANZAC weekend foes. With the abscence of their top players the comp needs an underdog story

 

Penrith Panthers :  My daughters team chosen with the " Which team will be good at nines dad ? " formula

 

Goldcoast Titans : A nice club , friendly fans , fast players , and Big forwards who run straight like Ryan James....and Dave Taylor , Greg Bird.......

 

Smokies : Manly. If they show up with a stacked side it is all over for the rest.

 

Dead certs for the final four : Cronulla, they have been making noises about playing their best from day one. The attack side of the game might not best suit their 13's players ( who knows )  likely it will.....but they would be red hot favorties by virtue of going in there with defensive familiarity and combinations.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 03:29 PM

No sooner does Brad Fittler announce his comeback for Roosters in the 9's at the grand young age of 42, than he's paid a visit by ASADA to give him a drug test.

Can't imagine what they were thinking.


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 04:53 AM

I've got seven Tickets.

 

My kids have chosen a scound team to cheer on over the two day, the lucky winning clubs are : 

 

The Newcastle Knights :   My lad who is most serious about Rugby league is a Wayne Bennett fan , we for that reason will attend their public training Session

 

The Melbourne Storm :  Traditional rivalry round and ANZAC weekend foes. With the abscence of their top players the comp needs an underdog story

 

Penrith Panthers :  My daughters team chosen with the " Which team will be good at nines dad ? " formula

 

Goldcoast Titans : A nice club , friendly fans , fast players , and Big forwards who run straight like Ryan James....and Dave Taylor , Greg Bird.......

 

Smokies : Manly. If they show up with a stacked side it is all over for the rest.

 

Dead certs for the final four : Cronulla, they have been making noises about playing their best from day one. The attack side of the game might not best suit their 13's players ( who knows )  likely it will.....but they would be red hot favorties by virtue of going in there with defensive familiarity and combinations.

It will be interesting to see how you went  after the nines is all over. I remember when i was gambling 10 years ago, i could pick 4 or 5 horses and still not even get a place. 

I picked the Raiders because this young team was the best in the under 20's a few years ago, and that is like nines, touch footy. 

I also think the homeside are the team to beat. So i will have two teams out of 16, i still might not make the top 8. 

It is why i stopped gambling. hehe



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 10:21 AM

All 88,000 tickets for the event have been sold, so now they are going to put more temporary seating in place.

There'll be 1,600 extra seats installed apparently with a good view too!


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 10:30 AM

NZ Warriors look to be going all out to win this tournament.
They've announced a pretty good squad:

Jayson Bukuya
Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Glen Fisiiahi
David Fusitua
Charlie Gubb
Konrad Hurrell
Sebastine Ikahihifo
Shaun Johnson
Solomone Kata
Ngani Laumape
Tuimoala Lolohea
Sione Lousi
Suaia Matagi
Dominique Peyroux
Sam Tomkins
Carlos Tuimavave


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 11:24 AM

All 88,000 tickets for the event have been sold, so now they are going to put more temporary seating in place.

There'll be 1,600 extra seats installed apparently with a good view too!

Thats great news alongside a good crowd for the WCC.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 12:48 AM

SCCZEN_A_091213NZHDPTOMKINS07_620x310.jpSam Tomkins is expected to be a hit playing for the Warriors in the Auckland Nines / Dean Purcell

Fans will get a chance to see Sam Tomkins in a Warriors jersey for the first time when he lines up at next month's Auckland Nines.

The England fullback, who has joined the Warriors on a big-money, three-year deal, seems suited to the nines games with its fast pace and extra space. He scored 144 tries in 151 games for Wigan and in 2012 was judged the UK Super League's best player.

Tomkins will be joined in the Warriors' nines squad by the likes of Shaun Johnson, who first came to prominence as a touch player, Konrad Hurrell, Ngani Laumape, Glen Fisiiahi, Carlos Tuimavave, Sione Lousi, Dominique Peyroux, Suaia Matagi and fellow new recruit Jayson Bukuya.

The Warriors have been installed as favourites for the inaugural competition, which will be played at Eden Park on February 15 and 16, but no one really knows which teams and what formula will be successful given the newness of the competition.

With $2.6 million in prizemoney up for grabs, and rules around the makeup of sides (each club must include one of their top-five earners as well as 12 of their top 25 in their 16-man squad), it should be competitive. It has captured the imagination of the public, with a further 1600 tickets due to go on sale on Tuesday after the event sold out on Friday - it is the first time Eden Park has sold out for a non-All Blacks test match since the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

The Warriors have included nine backs and seven forwards in their squad with an obvious accent on speed, power and ball-playing ability......

The Warriors are also preparing for the upcoming NRL season and play three trial games in and around the nines.

"We've got trials going on at the same time so picking the squad was a challenge but we're taking the nines very seriously,'' said Warriors assistant Ricky Henry, who will coach the team. ``We wanted to put a strong squad together and we've been able to do that with a group of players who'll give us plenty of skill and pace.''

Henry has consulted New Zealand rugby sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens and former sevens specialist Karl Te Nana for some tips and had also researched the World Nines won by the Kiwis in 1996 and 1997.

Among that team then were Stacey Jones and Ruben Wiki, who will both assist Henry for the nines _ Jones will be assistant coach and Wiki a trainer.

Tomkins is one of seven players included in the Warriors' squad who were involved in last year's World Cup.

"It's a great concept, the fans are getting right behind it with loads of tickets sold and the boys here are really excited about it, like I am,'' he said. "We've got a great team with a lot of speed, players like Tui [Lolohea] who has electric feet. It's going to be brilliant.''

The Warriors have opted to field some big men, in front-rowers Matagi, Sebastine Ikahihifo and Charlie Gubb and it will be interesting to see how they cope in the fast-paced game.

"I've been training hard for this but I'm a bit nervous about it,'' Gubb said. "I wouldn't want to get caught one on one with someone like Michael Jennings.''

The Warriors have been drawn in the same pool as the Raiders, Sea Eagles and Cowboys and need to finish in the top two in their group to progress to the quarter-finals. Games are played over two nine-minute halves.....

 

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:47 AM

Strong Sea Eagles squad tipped for Auckland
Jethro · Jan 25th, 2014 · 0 Comment

Strong Sea Eagles squad tipped for Auckland

Peter Peters
Manly Daily
January 24, 2014 6:37PM

THE Manly Sea Eagles are likely to unleash several of their superstar backline including Jamie Lyon and Daly Cherry-Evans in a deliberate bid to make an immediate impact in next month’s inaugural NRL Nines tournament in Auckland.

Coach Geoff Toovey is still undecided on his touring squad but has narrowed his thoughts down to around 18 players.

Manly’s backline is considered the most lethal in the NRL and there is every chance skipper Jamie Lyon and international halfback Cherry-Evans will spearhead the challenge as Manly look to add a Nines title to the club’s amazing record in the now defunct Sevens formula.

Powerhouse winger Jorge Taufua and versatile young utility back Peta Hiku are certain selections and Manly fans will get the opportunity to check out recruit Cheyse Blair for the first time in maroon and white.

Manly aren’t talking up their chances in the Nines but are quietly confident they will do well.

The $2.25 million prizemoney is an attraction to all clubs.



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 02:09 AM

Great time for the local RL clubs in Auckland.

My grandson can't wait for the visit of JT and the Cowboys.



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:13 AM

Great time for the local RL clubs in Auckland.

My grandson can't wait for the visit of JT and the Cowboys.


North Queensland Cowboys - Glenora Bears
Harold Moody Park, Glen Eden
4.00-6.00pm
Thursday, February 13

 
Are you going ?
 
I'm taking my son to watch his NRL secound team the Knights at the Ellerslie Eagles club that week


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:49 AM

http://www.stuff.co....d-to-perfection

 

I think the nines might put "rugby league nines" on the map.  They have a international nines played at Cabramatta each year. I see that England is starting to get into nines, might be a idea. Maybe replace the Magic week-end with a nines tournament. Every club over one weekend, and if you read that link above, the logistics of running such a event are huge. cheers.



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:24 AM

 

North Queensland Cowboys - Glenora Bears
Harold Moody Park, Glen Eden
4.00-6.00pm
Thursday, February 13

 
Are you going ?
 
I'm taking my son to watch his NRL secound team the Knights at the Ellerslie Eagles club that week

 

Well done. I have front row tickets to Titans Cowboys trail match here in Toowoomba, and i am still tossing up to maybe go to Dogs Storm in Brisbane the next day at Suncorp. How good is that,? they are really starting to get things right in our code. I dont go to Bronco games anymore, too far to travel Friday Nights since we moved here to the mountains. 

When they get the new airport built (toowoomba), i might start going again, i wont have to drive. 



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:08 PM


Four clubs have started the ball rolling, so to speak, by naming their squads for the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park in Auckland from February 15-16.
 
Sharks
Nathan Gardner, Nathan Stapleton, Blake Ayshford, Jonathan Wright, Sosaia Feki, Todd Carney, Daniel Holdsworth, Vitale (Junior) Roqica, Michael Lichaa, Sam Tagataese, Wade Graham, Matt Prior, Paul Gallen, Ricky Leutele, Tupou Sopoaga,Fa’amanu Brown
 
Knights
Jarrod Mullen ©, Chanel Mata’utia, Jake Mamo, Dane Gagai, Joseph Leilua, Akuila Uate, Tyrone Roberts, Willie Mason, Adam Clydsdale, Chris Houston, Beau Scott, Robbie Rochow, Jeremy Smith, Michael Dobson, Alex McKinnon, Zane Tetevano.
 
Raiders
Jarrod Croker ©, Reece Robinson, Mitch Cornish, Bill Tupou, Matt McIlwrick, Joel Edwards, Glen Buttriss, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jarrad Kennedy, Mark Nicholls, Jake Foster, Lagi Setu, Mitch Cronin, Luke Bateman, Jack Ahearn, Andrew Heffernan.
 
Warriors
Jayson Bukuya, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Glen Fisiiahi, David Fusitua, Charlie Gubb, Konrad Hurrell, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Shaun Johnson, Solomone Kata, Ngani Laumape, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sione Lousi, Suaia Matagi, Dominique Peyroux, Sam Tomkins, Carlos Tuimavave.

 

16 players named in each of those.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 09:59 AM

Storm 16 man squad has been announced:
 
 

1

William Chambers

2

Sisa Waqa

3

Joel Romelo

4

Mahe Fonua

5

Matt Duffie

6

Young Tonumaipea

7

Mitch Garbutt

8

Justin O’Neill

9

Tohu Harris

10

Matthew Lodge

11

Kevin Proctor

12

Ryan Hoffman ©

13

Slade Griffin

14

Kurt Mann

15

Cameron Munster

16

Richie Kennar

17th man

Jesse Bromwich


 
While that has talented well known players in it, the squad doesn't feature any of the big three.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:39 AM

Here's the Storm view of the Auckland 9's.

 

There's also a brief outline of the tournament, the rules and the points system.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:10 AM

All the squads have now been announced:
 
Roosters
Mitchell Pearce ©, Jake Friend ©, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Aidan Guerra, Kane Evans, Daniel Tupou, Samisoni Langi, Jackson Hastings, Dylan Napa, Isaac Liu, Nene Macdonald, Jonathon Rueben, Paul Rokolati, Rhyse Martin, Saulala Houma, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Brad Fittler
 
Bulldogs
Sam Perrett, Mitch Brown, Chase Stanley, Tyrone Phillips, Ed Murphy, Moses Mbye, Drury Low, Tim Browne, Michael Ennis ©, Dale Finucane, Josh Jackson, Tony Williams, Pat O’Hanlon, Lachlan Burr,  Corey Thompson, Lloyd Perrett.
 
Eels
Willie Tonga ©, Kenny Edwards, Bureta Faraimo, John Folau, Manu Ma’u, Fuifui Moimoi, Ryan Morgan, Corey Norman, Pauli Pauli, Joseph Paulo, Nathan Peats, Api Pewhairangi, Semi Radradra, Chris Sandow, Ken Sio, Peni Terepo, Vai Toutai.
 
Panthers
Matt Moylan, Wes Naiqama, Josh Mansour, Isaac John, Kevin Naiqama, Jamie Soward, Jeremy Latimore, Sam Mckendry, Kevin Kingston, Tyrone Peachey, Lewis Brown, Adam Docker, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Etonia Nabuli, George Jennings, Isaah Yeo.
 
Titans
William Zillman, Brad Tighe, David Mead, Kevin Gordon, Albert Kelly, Greg Bird, Ashley Harrison, Anthony Don, Paul Carter, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Brad Takairangi, Mark Minichiello, Maurice Blair, Luke Bailey, Siuatonga Likiliki, David Taylor.
 

Rabbitohs
Nathan Merritt, Beau Champion, Alex Johnston, Joel Reddy, Dylan Walker, Luke Keary, Apisai Koroisau, Dave Tyrrell, Irae Simone, Ben Lowe, Chris McQueen, Ben Te'o ©, John Sutton, Cameron McInnes, Kyle Turner, Lote Tuqiri.

 
Cowboys
Lachlan Coote, Zac Santo, Antonio Winterstein, Kane Linnett, Javid Bowen, Michael Morgan, Robert Lui, Jason Taumalolo, Ray Thompson, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Tariq Sims, Joel Riethmuller, Rory Kostjasyn, Kyle Feldt, Curtis Rona
 
Broncos
Ben Barba, Josh Hoffman, Dale Copley, Alex Glenn, Stewart Mills, Kodi Nikorima, Ben Hunt, Martin Kennedy, Andrew McCullough, Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett, Jordan Drew, Corey Parker ©, David Stagg, Todd Lowrie, Zac Strasser, Joe Ofahengaue, Jake Granville
 
Sea Eagles
(In alphabetical order) Cheyse Blair, Jamie Buhrer, Michael Chee-Kam, Daly Cherry-Evans, Clinton Gutherson, James Hasson, Peta Hiku, Justin Horo, Jack Littlejohn, Steve Menzies, Ligi Sao, Tony Satini, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Tom Symonds, Jorge Taufua, David Williams.
 
Wests Tigers
James Tedesco, David Nofoaluma, Pat Richards, Bodene Thompson, Marika Koroibete, Mitchell Moses, Blake Austin, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah ©, Martin Taupau, Cory Paterson, Curtis Sironen, Adam Blair, Manaia Cherrington, Kurtis Rowe, James Gavet (17th Man: Delouise Hoeter).
 
Dragons
Josh Dugan, Brett Morris ©, Dylan Farrell, Nathan Green, Jason Nightingale, Adam Quinlan, Sam Williams, Jack de Belin, Mitch Rein, Tyson Frizell, Leeson Ah Mau, Joel Thompson, Trent Merrin, Bronson Harrison, Michael Witt, Craig Garvey
 
Storm
Will Chambers, Sisa Waqa, Joel Romelo, Mahe Fonua, Matt Duffie, Young Tonumaipea, Mitch Garbutt, Justin O'Neill, Tohu Harris, Matthew Lodge, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman ©, Slade Griffin, Kurt Mann, Cameron Munster, Richie Kennar
 
Sharks
Nathan Gardner, Nathan Stapleton, Blake Ayshford, Jonathan Wright, Sosaia Feki, Todd Carney, Daniel Holdsworth, Andrew Fifita, Michael Lichaa, Sam Tagataese, Wade Graham, Matt Prior, Paul Gallen, Ricky Leutele, Tupou Sopoaga, Fa’amanu Brown
 
Knights
Jarrod Mullen ©, Adam Cuthbertson, Jake Mamo, Dane Gagai, Joseph Leilua, Akuila Uate, Tyrone Roberts, Willie Mason, Adam Clydsdale, Chris Houston, Beau Scott, Robbie Rochow, Jeremy Smith, Michael Dobson, Alex McKinnon, Zane Tetevano.
 
Raiders
Jarrod Croker ©, Reece Robinson, Mitch Cornish, Bill Tupou, Matt McIlwrick, Joel Edwards, Glen Buttriss, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jarrad Kennedy, Mark Nicholls, Jake Foster, Lagi Setu, Mitch Cronin, Luke Bateman, Jack Ahearn, Andrew Heffernan.
 
Warriors
Jayson Bukuya, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Glen Fisiiahi, David Fusitua, Charlie Gubb, Konrad Hurrell, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Shaun Johnson, Solomone Kata, Ngani Laumape, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sione Lousi, Suaia Matagi, Dominique Peyroux, Sam Tomkins, Carlos Tuimavave.

Roosters
Mitchell Pearce (Co-Captain), Jake Friend (Co-Captain), Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Aidan Guerra, Kane Evans, Daniel Tupou, Samisoni Langi, Jackson Hastings, Dylan Napa, Isaac Liu, Nene Macdonald, Jonathon Rueben, Paul Rokolati, Rhyse Martin, Saulala Houma, Siosiua Taukeiah, Brad Fittler


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