during the Round 26 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and Newcastle Knights at Pepper Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Penrith, Australia. Digital Image by Mark Nolan.

The Panthers can now begin to size up their Auckland Nines opponents after the Knights named their 18-man squad earlier today.

Pool Rangitoto will see the Panthers tackle Newcastle, North Queensland and Wests Tigers on February 6 and 7 at Eden Park.

North Queensland and Wests Tigers are yet to announce their squads, although the Cowboys have already conceded champion halfback Johnathan Thurston will skip the tournament.

Click here to see the Panthers Nines squad, and see below for Newcastle's contingent.

Newcastle Knights
Jaelen Feeney
Lachlan Fitzgibbon
Brock Lamb
Danny Levi
Jake Mamo
Chanel Mata’utia
Pat Mata’utia
Sione Mata’utia
William Pearsall
Tyler Randell
Robbie Rochow
Nathan Ross
Korbin Sims
Tariq Sims
Daniel Saifiti
Jacob Saifiti
Joseph Tapine
Akuila Uate