Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Star Recruits on Show at Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines

Star Recruits on Show at Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines

Rugby League fans will get an opportunity to see some of the game’s biggest off-season signings in action this weekend with Sam Tomkins (Warriors), Ben Barba (Broncos), Lote Tuqiri (Rabbitohs), Jamie Soward (Panthers) and Corey Norman (Eels) all confirmed today to play in the inaugural Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park.

For the first time, 256 players from all 16 NRL Clubs will compete at the one venue, over one weekend, playing 31 matches in an exciting nine-a-side knockout tournament with NZD $2.6 million prize money before a capacity crowd of more than 90,000 fans over the two days.

All Clubs confirmed their 16-man squads today as teams make the final preparations to be part of the week-long celebration of Rugby League in New Zealand.


Each of the teams competing in the Nines will visit an Auckland Junior Rugby League Club on Thursday afternoon in the biggest grass-roots blitz ever in NZ. All but one of the appearances will occur two days out from the tournament, with the only exception being the Titans’ journey to Hibiscus Coast tomorrow (Wednesday).

On the eve of the tournament on Friday, all 16 NRL Nines Captains and Coaches will attend the Captain and Coach Breakfast at the Pullman Auckland; followed by the Aotea Civic Reception at the Aotea Centre in the Auckland CBD to welcome all 256 players from the 16 teams.

The 2014 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines is part of one of the biggest sporting and cultural weekends on Auckland’s Major Events calendar with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) also hosting rap artist Eminem’s concert at Western Springs and the Auckland Lantern Festival celebrating Chinese New Year in Albert Park this weekend.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Flagging Enthusiasm: Gareth Morgan Announces Winner Of $20k Flag Competition

The winner of the Morgan Foundation’s $20,000 flag competition is “Wā kāinga / Home”, designed by Auckland based Studio Alexander. Economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan set up the competition because he had strong views on what the flag should represent but he couldn’t draw one himself. More>>

ALSO:

Books: The Lawson Quins Tell Their Incredible Story

They could have been any family of six children – except that five of them were born at once. It will come as a shock to many older New Zealanders to realise that Saturday July 25 is the Lawson quintuplets’ 50th birthday. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Wartime Women

Coinciding as it does with the movie Imitation Game which focusses on Alan Turing breaking the Enigma code in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park (“BP”), this book is likely to attract a wide readership. It deserves to do so, as it illustrates that BP was very much more than Turing and his colleagues. More>>

Maori Language Commission: Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori 2015

The theme for Māori Language Week 27 July – 2 August 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua’ ‘Nurture the language in parents’. It aims to encourage and support every day Māori language use for parents and caregivers with children” says Acting Chief Executive Tuehu Harris.. More>>

ALSO:

Live Music: Earl Sweatshirt Plays To Sold Out Bodega

The hyped sell-out crowd had already packed themselves as close as they could get to the stage before Earl came on. The smell of weed, sweat and beer filled Bodega – more debauched sauna than bar by this point. When he arrived on stage the screaming ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news