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Confirmed NRL Nines squads

A host of representative stars, exciting young guns and some greats from yesteryear will compete at this weekend's Perth Nines tournament.

Strong teams have been named across the league featuring the likes of Shaun Johnson, Anthony Milford, Cameron Munster, Jason Taumalolo, Mitch Moses, Viliame Kikau and Ben Hunt.

More than 60 international players and around 40 Origin guns across the men's and women's tournaments will showcase their ability at HBF Park from February 14-15, starting on Friday.

Retired legends Pat Richards (Wests Tigers), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Jason Nightingale (Dragons), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Michael Gordon (Titans) and Corey Parker (Broncos) will all return for their beloved clubs during the festival of footy.

There'll be a code switch, too, with former Sydney Swans AFL player Nick Davis to have a crack with defending Nines champions the Roosters.

Speed and skill looks certain to define the tournament with several sides boasting electric wheels.

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Confirmed squads for the men's and women's 2020 NRL Nines tournaments in Perth, running on February 14 and 15.

NRL squads: Broncos Raiders Bulldogs Sharks Titans Sea Eagles Storm Knights Cowboys Eels Panthers Rabbitohs Dragons Roosters Warriors Wests Tigers

NRLW squads: Roosters Warriors Dragons Roosters

NRL squads

Broncos 

Brisbane made two late changes to their squad with captain Alex Glenn and winger Xavier Coates left out as precautions after both experienced leg muscle tightness on Tuesday. Centre Kotoni Staggs and teenager Brendan Piakura are the new inclusions. Former club great Corey Parker will come out of retirement to play in Perth. 

  1. Jamayne Isaako
  2. Tesi Niu
  3. Herbie Farnworth
  4. Izaia Perese
  5. Kotoni Staggs
  6. Anthony Milford
  7. Brodie Croft
  8. Tom Dearden
  9. David Fifita
  10.  
  11. Payne Haas
  12. Ethan Bullemor
  13. Jake Turpin
  14. Cory Paix
  15. Brendan Piakura
  16. Jesse Arthars
  17. Ilikena Vudogo
  18. Corey Parker

Raiders

Elliott Whitehead will captain the Raiders and assistant coach Andrew McFadden will take charge of the squad.

Matt Frawley will get his first action in Raiders colours after signing from Huddersfield in the off-season.

  1. Harley Smith-Shields
  2. Semi Valemei
  3. Matthew Timoko
  4. Michael Oldfield
  5. Daine Spencer
  6. Matthew Frawley
  7. Sam Williams
  8. Dunamis Lui
  9. Siliva Havili
  10. Sia Soliola
  11. Jack Murchie
  12. Elliott Whitehead (c)
  13. Ryan Sutton
  14. Tom Starling
  15. Duwanye Mariner
  16. Dan Keir
  17. Kai O'Donnell
  18. Darby Medlyn

Ryan thought Dean Pay was joking

Bulldogs 

Former premiership-winning forward Andrew Ryan will dust off his boots to make a comeback for the Dogs, while Corey Harawira-Naera has been appointed captain of the club's 2020 NRL Nines side.

  1. Nick Meaney
  2. Jayden Okunbor
  3. Kerrod Holland
  4. Morgan Harper
  5. Jack Cogger
  6. Jake Averillo
  7. Brandon Wakeham
  8. Dean Britt
  9. Ben Marschke
  10. Ofahiki Ogden
  11. Corey Harawira-Naera (c)
  12. Chris Smith
  13. Joe Stimson
  14. Andrew Ryan
  15. Kayne Kalache
  16. Toa Mata'afa
  17. Isaiah Tass
    19. Bailey Bioindi-Odo

Sharks 

Captained by Wade Graham and boasting the silky skills of Shaun Johnson, the Cronulla squad is a potent mix of pace and power.

  1. Wade Graham (c)
  2. Briton Nikora
  3. Jack Williams
  4. Aaron Woods
  5. Blayke Brailey
  6. Josh Morris
  7. Jesse Ramien
  8. Chad Townsend
  9. Shaun Johnson
  10. Ronaldo Mulitalo
  11. William Kennedy
  12. Sione Katoa
  13. Billy Magoulias
  14. Connor Tracey
  15. Toby Rudolf
  16. Scott Sorensen
  17. Teig Wilton
  18. Braydon Trindall

Titans

Veteran fullback Michael Gordon, who only retired at the end of last season, should still be in pretty good nick to help the Titans at the Nines while playmaker Ash Taylor will be the on-field general.

Coach Justin Holbrook has named young guns Treymain Spry and Darius Farmer to play alongside seasoned campaigners like Jai Arrow, Anthony Don, Tyrone Peachey and Gordon.

  1. AJ Brimson
  2. Anthony Don
  3. Tyrone Peachey
  4. Jonus Pearson
  5. Phil Sami
  6. Tanah Boyd
  7. Ash Taylor
  8. Jai Whitbread
  9. Mitch Rein
  10. Sam Stone
  11. Bryce Cartwright
  12. Jaimin Joliffe
  13. Jai Arrow
  14. Greg Leleisiuao
  15. Treymain Spry
  16. Erin Clark
  17. Darius Farmer
  18. Michael Gordon

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Sea Eagles

The Manly team boasts 11 players with NRL experience and will be captained by prop Martin Taupau.

Reuben Garrick said wearing the green and gold at the World Cup 9s in October "the biggest achievement in my football career" and said he would take lessons back to Manly for the Perth tournament.

  1. Luke Metcalf
  2. Edwin Ipape
  3. Zach Dockar-Clay
  4. Brendan Elliot
  5. Reuben Garrick
  6. Lachlan Croker
  7. Cade Cust
  8. Tevita Funa
  9. Toafofoa Sipley
  10. Abbas Miski
  11. Corey Waddell
  12. Martin Taupau (c)
  13. Haumole Olakau’atu
  14. Sean Keppie
  15. Taniela Paseka
  16. Zac Saddler
  17. Reed Izzard
  18. Dane Aukafolau

Storm 

Cameron Munster is one of the best all-round players in the NRL so he should be the key to Melbourne's chances in Perth. Jason Ryles will coach the squad and Sandor Earl and Tui Kamikamica have been named as co-captains for the weekend.

  1. Nicho Hynes
  2. Dean Ieremia
  3. Brenko Lee
  4. Marion Seve
  5. Sandor Earl (c)
  6. Cameron Munster
  7. Cooper Johns
  8. Tui Kamikamica (c)
  9. Harry Grant
  10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
  11. Max King
  12. Chris Lewis
  13. Tom Eisenhuth
  14. Trent Loiero
  15. Justin Olam
  16. Darryn Schonig
  17. Siti Moceidreke
  18. Judda Turahui

Knights 

Kurt Mann and Aidan Guerra have been named as co-captains for Newcastle while former club and NSW captain Kurt Gidley is a confirmed starter and will make a comeback from retirement at 37.

Gidley will make his return for the competition alongside the likes of exciting emerging talents Starford To'a, Tex Hoy and Nathaniel Sasagi.

  1. Kurt Gidley
  2. Jirah Momoisea
  3. Hymel Hunt
  4. Brodie Jones
  5. Gehamat Shibasaki
  6. Aidan Guerra
  7. Starford To'a
  8. Jacob Saifiti
  9. Pasami Saulo
  10. Kurt Mann
  11. Tyronne Roberts-Davis
  12. Mason Lino
  13. Sione Mata'utia
  14. Mitch Barnett
  15. Bayden Searle
  16. Tex Hoy
  17. Nathaniel Sasagi
  18. Matt Soper-Lawler

Warriors

Isaiah Papali’i will become the youngest captain of a Warriors senior team when he takes the team onto the field in Perth.

Papali’i, who turned 21 last September, goes into the tournament with a career total of 48 NRL games after making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2017.

The previous youngest captain was club great Simon Mannering, who was 23 when he took on the role in 2010.

  1. Adam Keighran
  2. Ken Maumalo
  3. Hayze Perham
  4. Edward Kosi
  5. Paul Turner
  6. Taane Milne
  7. Isaiah Papali'i (c)
  8. Sam Lisone
  9. Rocco Berry
  10. Jackson Frei
  11. Selesitino Ravutaumada
  12. Blake Green
  13. Temple Kalepo
  14. Agnatius Paasi
  15. Leeson Ah Mau
  16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  17. Leivaha Pulu
  18. Chanel Harris-Tevita

Cowboys 

Jason Taumalolo will captain a strong Cowboys squad which contains fellow internationals Josh McGuire and Esan Marsters as well as Australian Nines star Kyle Feldt.

Coach Paul Green also opted to deploy a host of young outside backs including Scott Drinkwater, Connelly Lemuelu, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Michael Bell, Murray Taulagi and Dan Russell.

  1. Scott Drinkwater
  2. Connelly Lemuelu
  3. Tom Opacic
  4. Esan Marsters
  5. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
  6. Reece Robson
  7. Jake Clifford
  8. Kyle Feldt
  9. Jake Granville
  10. Josh McGuire
  11. Coen Hess
  12. Shane Wright
  13. Jason Taumalolo (c)
  14. Ben Hampton
  15. Peter Hola
  16. Murray Taulagi
  17. Michael Bell
  18. Daniel Russell

Eels 

Clint Gutherson will captain a powerful Eels squad which boasts pace to burn with Maika Sivo, Mitch Moses, Blake Ferguson and Jaeman Salmon.

The Eels open their campaign against arch-rivals the Bulldogs in the first Pool 2 match on Friday.

  1. Clint Gutherson (c)
  2. Maika Sivo
  3. Will Smith
  4. Brad Takairangi
  5. Blake Ferguson
  6. Jaeman Salmon
  7. Mitch Moses
  8. Oregon Kaufusi
  9. Rhys Davies
  10. Junior Paulo
  11. Shaun Lane
  12. Ryan Matterson
  13. Marata Niukore
  14. Ray Stone
  15. George Jennings
  16. David Gower

18. Stefano Utoikamanu
22. Haze Dunster

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Panthers

Viliame Kikau causes havoc when there are 13 defenders trying to shut him down so he should have a field day against a nine-man defensive line. Nathan Cleary, Dylan Edwards, Josh Mansour and new signing Apisai Koroisau also feature in a strong Nines squad.

  1. Dylan Edwards
  2. Josh Mansour
  3. Dean Whare (c)
  4. Brent Naden
  5. Stephen Crichton
  6. Jarome Luai
  7. Nathan Cleary
  8. Moses Leota
  9. Apisai Koroisau
  10. Jack Hetherington
  11. Viliame Kikau
  12. Billy Burns
  13. Liam Martin
  14. Kaide Ellis
  15. Daine Laurie
  16. Matt Burton
  17. Caleb Aekins
  18. Tyson Smoothy

Rabbitohs

Coach Jason Demetriou has named Damien Cook as captain of a squad which features 10 internationals, including Kangaroos Cameron Murray and Dane Gagai, Tonga's Junior Tatola and Samoa's Jaydn Su’A.

  1. Damien Cook (c)
  2. Dane Gagai
  3. Cameron Murray
  4. Jaydn Su'A
  5. Junior Tatola
  6. Ethan Lowe
  7. Campbell Graham
  8. Braidon Burns
  9. Bryson Goodwin
  10. Troy Dargan
  11. Joshua Cook
  12. Lachlan Ilias
  13. Keaon Koloamatangi
  14. Blake Taaffe
  15. Jaxson Paulo
  16. Edene Gebbie
  17. Jack Johns
  18. Patrick Mago

Dragons

Fresh off their World 9s success with Australia, Ben Hunt and Tyson Frizell will spearhead the Dragons' charge alongside new skipper Cameron McInnes, who has recovered from a broken leg suffered in the penultimate round of 2019. Blake Lawrie was a late withdrawal for the Dragons, with Korbin Sims taking his place.

Favourite son Jason Nightingale, who retired at the end of 2018, will pull on the boots again. 

  1. Matt Dufty
  2. Jason Saab
  3. Mikaele Ravalawa
  4. Tim Lafai
  5. Jason Nightingale
  6. Adam Clune
  7. Ben Hunt
  8. Josh Kerr
  9. Cameron McInnes
  10. Korbin Sims
  11. Tyson Frizell
  12. Jackson Ford
  13. Euan Aitken
  14. Tyrell Fuimaono
  15. Tristan Sailor
  16. Brayden Wiliame
  17. Cody Ramsey
  18. Jayden Sullivan

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Roosters

Retired Sydney Swans star Nick Davis will make a cross-code switch for the Nines. 

  1. Asu 'AJ' Kepaoa
  2. Nick Davis
  3. Christian Tuipulotu
  4. Egan Butcher
  5. Matthew Ikuvalu
  6. Lachlan Lam
  7. Drew Hutchison (c)
  8. Poasa Faamausili
  9. Sam Verrills
  10. Lindsay Collins
  11. Tom Freebairn
  12. Lupe Tivalu
  13. Daniel Suluka-Fifita
  14. Freddy Lussick
  15. James Tuitahi
  16. Max Bailey
  17. Luca Moretti
  18. McKenzie Baker

Wests Tigers 

Club great and 2005 premiership-winning hero Pat Richards will return to the field with the Tigers at the Nines. Moses Mbye leads a squad also featuring experienced NRL backs Corey Thompson, David Nofoaluma and Robert Jennings.

  1. Corey Thompson
  2. David Nofoaluma
  3. Robert Jennings
  4. Moses Mbye (c)
  5. Michael Chee Kam
  6. Billy Walters
  7. Jock Madden
  8. Thomas Mikaele
  9. Tommy Talau
  10. Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu
  11. Luciano Leilua
  12. Luke Garner
  13. Chris McQueen
  14. Sam McIntyre
  15. Paul Momirovski
  16. Alex Seyfarth
  17. Pat Richards
  18. Matheson Johns

NRLW squads

Broncos

Eleven players that have won an NRL Grand Final with the Broncos will be led out onto the field by two-time premiership captain Ali Brigginshaw. New faces Jayme Fressard, Hayley Maddick, Tanika Marshall and Tahlulah Tillett will play their first games in a Broncos jersey.

  1. Chelsea Baker
  2. Julia Robinson
  3. Meg Ward
  4. Tamika Upton
  5. Jayme Fressard
  6. Raecene McGregor
  7. Ali Brigginshaw
  8. Chelsea Lenarduzzi
  9. Tarryn Aiken
  10. Amber Hall
  11. Annette Brander
  12. Jessika Elliston
  13. Rona Peters
  14. Hayley Maddick
  15. Kahlia Fogarty
  16. Tanika Marshall

Warriors

Georgia Hale leads a team which contains five players - Apii Nicholls, Madison Bartlett, Kanyon Paul, Charntay Poko and Crystal Tamarua - who were in the Justin Morgan-coached Kiwi Ferns side which beat the Jillaroos in last year’s World Cup Nines final.

Rising French star Laur'eane Biville, 20, who moved to Australia last year and played club rugby league with the Easts Tigers in Brisbane, will also be on show.

  1. Apii Nicholls
  2. Madison Bartlett
  3. Laur'eane Biville
  4. Pahu Kani
  5. Shontelle Stowers
  6. Kanyon Paul
  7. Georgia Hale (c)
  8. Rhiarna Ferris
  9. Huia Harding
  10. Amber Kani
  11. Te Whetumarama Nuku
  12. Charlette Butler
  13. Charntay Poko
  14. Kathleen Wharton-Keremete
  15. Crystal Tamarua
  16. Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali

Dragons 

St George Illawarra coach Daniel Lacey announced their squad including 13 players from the club's grand final defeat to the Brisbane Broncos in October as well as new recruit Isabelle Kelly.

  1. Samantha Bremner
  2. Tiana Penitani
  3. Jessica Sergis
  4. Isabelle Kelly
  5. Shakiah Tungai
  6. Botille Vette-Welsh
  7. Maddison Studdon
  8. Maddison Weatherall
  9. Brittany Breayley
  10. Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa’amausili
  11. Kezie Apps
  12. Shaylee Bent
  13. Holli Wheeler
  14. Keeley Davis
  15. Rikeya Horne
  16. Kaarla Cowan

Roosters 

Reigning Super League Woman of Steel, Courtney Hill will be a member of the squad for the Nines which will be captained by Jillaroos star Corban McGregor.

Corban McGregor named Roosters captain

  1. Corban McGregor (c)
  2. Shanice Parker
  3. Ash Quinlan
  4. Bridie Parker
  5. Kiana Takairangi
  6. Kirra Dibb
  7. Courtney Hill
  8. Bobbi Law
  9. Nita Maynard
  10. Tallisha Harden
  11. Hannah Southwell
  12. Zahara Temara
  13. Simaima Taufa
  14. Quincy Dodd
  15. Caitlan Johnston
  16. Talei Holmes

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