The 16 NRL clubs have revealed their new jerseys for the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines tournament at the competition's launch on Wednesday.
Player representatives from every NRL club gathered in the Heroes and Legends Museum at Rugby League Central this morning to reveal their jerseys, with anticipation growing for the carnival-type atmosphere that the Nines entails.
NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan said the Nines was a fantastic occasion for players and fans alike and confirmed tickets were still available for fans wanting to witness all 16 NRL teams on the one stage over a two-day tournament.
“The Downer NRL Auckland Nines has been a fantastic start to our rugby league calendar for the past three years and each year, the atmosphere and rugby league on display has been bigger and better,” Mr Canavan said.
“With the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Shaun Johnson and Jarryd Hayne already confirmed for next year’s tournament, I have no doubt that we are in for another entertaining weekend of rugby league with plenty of opportunities to see some of your favourite players.”
The 2017 Downer Auckland Nines will be played on the weekend of 4-5 February at Eden Park in Auckland.
Check out which teams your club will face in the group stage of the 2017 NRL Downer Auckland Nines.
Piha Pool: St George Illawarra Dragons, Parramatta Eels, Manly Sea Eagles, New Zealand Warriors.
Hunua Pool: North Queensland Cowboys, Sydney Roosters, Canberra Raiders, South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Rangitoto Pool: Newcastle Knights, Wests Tigers, Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm.
Waiheke Pool: Cronulla Sharks, Gold Coast Titans, Penrith Panthers, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs.
Auckland Nines Snapshot:
- All 16 NRL clubs together in Auckland
- Two-day knock-out tournament
- Featuring 288+ star players
- 31 action packed games
- More speed! More tries! More fun!
- 9 players per team, 9 minute halves
- Over 80,000 fans expected over 2 days