Canberra Raiders have sprung a surprise ahead of the Auckland Nines, naming former player Ken Nagas in their squad for the tournament – at the age of 41.
Nagas famously scored two tries in the Raiders’ 1994 Grand Final win against Canterbury, but will now lace his boots up again for the club 21 years on from that success.
He isn’t the first player over 40 to play in the tournament, after the likes of Steve Menzies and Brad Fittler played in the event last year.
“I’m really excited about being back in training and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to play for the Raiders again,” Nagas said.
“I’ve been working really hard on my fitness for the nines and hopefully I can add something to our young squad.”