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Your team's key player at the NRL Nines

THESE ARE THE PLAYERS POISED TO SET THE NRL AUCKLAND NINES ALIGHT:

BRONCOS - Ben Barba: A surprise inclusion, Barba is set to be one of the stars of the tournament in his Broncos debut after recovering from an ankle injury that wrecked his 2013 season
Your team's key player at the NRL Nines
by AAP

THESE ARE THE PLAYERS POISED TO SET THE NRL AUCKLAND NINES ALIGHT:

BRONCOS - Ben Barba: A surprise inclusion, Barba is set to be one of the stars of the tournament in his Broncos debut after recovering from an ankle injury that wrecked his 2013 season.

RAIDERS - Reece Robinson: The lightning-quick Robinson is one of the few stars in a Raiders line-up that is probably the weakest of the tournament. Sure to cause plenty of problems out wide.

BULLDOGS - Tony Williams: Plenty of fans will be hoping he can return to his destructive best of two seasons ago. Ability to pop a pass in traffic could be crucial.

SHARKS - Todd Carney: The ultra-creative pivot looked very fit and very slick in the Sharks trial win over Manly and after injuries cut short his last two finals series, Carney is poised for a big year beginning with the Nines.

TITANS - David Taylor: A halfback in the body of a back-rower, Taylor is built for Nines.

SEA EAGLES - Jorge Taufua: One of the NRL's leading tryscorers and tacklebusters last season, Taufua will be even harder to stop with four fewer defenders.

STORM - Ryan Hoffman: Back-rowers could be the key players of the shortform tournament and Hoffman will be a danger on the fringes in attack and defence.

KNIGHTS - Joseph Leilua: The hard-running centre's ability to break the line was key in Newcastle's 2013 finals surge and will be in Auckland too.

COWBOYS - James Tamou: One of the most mobile front-rowers around, Tamou, with his pace and footwork at the line, is one of the tournament's biggest drawcards.

EELS - Chris Sandow: Keen to put a horror 2013 behind him, Sandow's pace, short and long kicking game and ball playing ability make him a potential shortform star.

PANTHERS - Jamie Soward: One of the quickest players over 40m in the game, Soward's speed and pinpoint kicking game will create great interest in his Panthers debut.

RABBITOHS - Dylan Walker: After a great debut season in 2013, the South Sydney speedster has emerged as a ballplayer this season which should make him a Nines specialist.

DRAGONS - Josh Dugan: The representative fullback enjoyed a few virtually single-handed wins over 13-a-side teams last year so he should be unstoppable this weekend.

ROOSTERS - Brad Fittler: The legend's return will be one of the talking points of the tournament. Surely he wouldn't risk tarnishing his reputation if he didn't think he was up to it?

NZ WARRIORS - Shaun Johnson: The Kiwi playmaker's junior touch football highlights went viral on YouTube, his Nines efforts are set to do the same.

WESTS TIGERS - Marika Koroibete: His strength and speed could prove irresistible to many an opponent.




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