2016 Auckland Nines Draw Announced
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels 2016 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines draw has been announced this morning with the Blue and Gold drawing the 2015 champions the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm.
The tournament will run over two days on Saturday February 6 and Sunday February 7 at Eden Park, Auckland. It has been confirmed Australia's women's team the Jillaroos will also take on New Zealand's Kiwi Ferns over the weekend once again.
The teams have been drawn into the following pools:
Pool Hunua: Bulldogs, Sea Eagles, Warriors, Broncos
Pool Waiheke: Roosters, Rabbitohs, Eels, Storm
Pool Rangitoto: Knights, Cowboys, Panthers, Wests Tigers
Pool Piha: Dragons, Raiders, Sharks, Titans
Each nine-a-side game is played over two nine-minute halves, with clubs naming a squad of 18 for the tournament. A whopping $NZ2.6 million in prize money is up for grabs in the 2016 tournament.
After a round robin format in each pool, the top two teams will advance to the quarter-finals.