The NRL Auckland Nines draw has today been released ahead of the tournament that will be played at Eden Park, Auckland on February 6 and 7, in 2016.
Queensland State of Origin Coach Mal Meninga was on hand to draw the teams out one by one, as they were placed in their respective pools. In 2016, the groups will be as follows:
· Pool Hunua (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Manly Sea Eagles, New Zealand Warriors, Brisbane Broncos)
· Pool Rangitoto (Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys, Penrith Panthers, Wests Tigers)
· Pool Piha (St George Illawarra Dragons, Canberra Raiders, Cronulla Sharks, Gold Coast Titans)
· Pool Waiheke (Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Parramatta Eels, Melbourne Storm)
This will be the first time fans will get to see the Bulldogs in action for the year and as in seasons past, the tournament has been action-packed.
Bulldogs centre Josh Morris played in the tournament last year and believes next year will be bigger and better.
“Whilst we haven’t been very successful in years gone by at the tournament, it’s definitely something that is very exciting to be part of and something that the players love being able to play in,” he said.
“With not much international footy being played in the off-season, there is a big chance that a lot of the big name players and excitement machines will selected to play in 2016.
The action on the field is always match off the field with the members and fans creating a good atmosphere, so it would be good to see some Bulldogs supporters there.”
Bulldogs fans who live in New Zealand are encouraged to become members of the club, joining as a ‘NEW ZEALAND PLUS’ member that will include a ticket to the Auckland Nines, plus much more.