Eden Park is set to host the annual Downer NRL Auckland Nines Competition on Saturday February 4 and Sunday February 5 2017.
A host of NRL stars have been present at the event over its first three years and that parade is set to continue next year.
Duco Events chief executive Martin Snedden says, “The Downer NRL Auckland Nines has hosted the game’s most notable players – Shaun Johnson, Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen, Semi Radradra, Benji Marshall, Darius Boyd, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Greg Bird, and Robbie Farah - to name but a few.
The NRL Nines really is the place where the game’s great players come together as one - and the 2017 tournament promises to be even more star-studded than ever.”
Warriors superstar Shaun Johnson says he's aiming for the top spot this year.
“I love the Nines. It’s such an awesome way to open the year and something I really look forward to and get excited about.
After all the work you’ve done in the pre-season, it’s a really good opportunity to break away and have some fun with so many great players all together in Auckland at the same time.
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg says the event will once again ensure NRL season launched in spectacular style.
“Every year the level of entertainment on offer at the NRL Nines goes up another notch. It’s a great way for the stars of our game to connect with fans, showcase their skills and provide a taste of the thrilling action our game produces year-in year-out.”
Downer Chief Executive Grant Fenn says, “This weekend is all about the great Trans-Tasman relationship between Australia and New Zealand. Success on the field is all about people working together and at Downer relationships are at the heart of how we think and do business.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown is delighted the Downer NRL Nines will once again provide a feature attraction for the city over the national holiday weekend.
“Auckland is the place to be for Waitangi Weekend – it is going to be huge, with all the unmissable, edge-of-your-seat action of the Nines on Saturday and Sunday, Western Springs rocking to Guns N’ Roses on Saturday night, and the great Waitangi Day events on Monday. What a weekend!”
Tickets for the 2017 Downer NRL Nines are on sale from Thursday, October 6 through Ticketek.