Need To Know: Auckland Nines
The Panthers have been drawn in the Waiheke Pool alongside the Sharks, Titans and Bulldogs for this weekend's Auckland Nines. Join your fellow Panthers fans and catch all the games live and loud in TCs Sports Bar at Panthers Leagues Club.
Game 1: Saturday 4th February @ 10:25am (Sydney time) vs Bulldogs
Game 2: Saturday 4th February @ 1:55pm (Sydney time) vs Sharks
Game 3: Sunday 5th February @ 9:00am (Sydney time) vs Titans
Anthony Griffin has named Isaah Yeo to captain a youthful side that includes high-profile recruit James Tamou and highly-rated halfback Nathan Cleary. Keep an eye out for Waqa Blake when he gets in open space.
Isaah Yeo (c), Dylan Edwards, Corey Waddell, Waqa Blake, Jed Cartwright, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Nathan Cleary, Kaide Ellis, Sione Katoa, Darren Nicholls, Tyrone May, Moses Leota, Sitaleki Akauola, James Tamou, Christian Crichton, Corey Harawira-Naera, Zach Dockar-Clay, Oliver Clark.
Fiery halfback Josh Reyolds will skipper a sprightly Bulldogs outfit as they look to qualify from their pool for the first time at the Nines. A slimmed-down Sam Kasiano will hope to show the impact of some off-season weight loss.
Josh Reynolds (c), Brad Abbey, Tom Carr, Matt Frawley, Danny Fualalo, Craig Garvey, Kerrod Holland, Sam Kasiano, David Klemmer, Lachlan Lewis, Michael Lichaa, Rhyse Martin, D'Rhys Miller, Marcelo Montoya, Tyrone Phillips, Reimis Smith, Renouf To'omaga, Francis Tualau.
Defending NRL premiers Cronulla Sharks have named a strong squad as they look to improve on their impressive history at the Nines, having made the semifinals in 2014 and the grand final in 2015. Their side is led by former Panther Wade Graham and features a bevy of speedy outside backs.
Wade Graham (c), Luke Lewis, Matt Prior, Chris Heighington, Gerard Beale, Kurt Capewell, Joseph Paulo, Jack Bird, Ricky Leutele, Manaia Cherrington, Jesse Ramien, Will Kennedy, Jayden Walker, Kyle Flanagan, Sione Katoa, Billy Magoulias, Malakai Houma, Kurt Kara.
Gold Coast Titans
The Titans will be hoping Jarryd Hayne can lead their side deep in to the competition after his brief stint playing the condensed format of Rugby Union for Fiji before his return to the NRL last year. Powerful prop Ryan James will look to continue his points-scoring feats after finding the tryline on a regular basis in 2016.
Morgan Boyle, Alexander Brimson, Tyler Cornish, Anthony Don, Kane Elgey, Jarryd Hayne, Ryan James, Max King, Chris McQueen, John Olive, Nathaniel Peteru, Pat Politoni, Leivaha Pulu, Tyrone Roberts, Tyronne Roberts-Davis, Hayden Schwass, Paterika Vaivai, Daniel Vidot, William Zillman.