The South Sydney Rabbitohs will defend their Auckland Nines crown in early February 2016, after the NRL, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) and Duco Events today confirmed the tournament for Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Rabbitohs won the second ever Tournament earlier this year by defeating the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in a thrilling extra-time Final by 18-14 – Matt King capping off a fairy-tale one-off return to top-flight Rugby League by scoring the winning try of the Tournament.

The record breaking event will once again host all 16 NRL clubs with star players contractually guaranteed to play in a tournament which carries NZ$2.6 million in prize money.

Promoter Duco Events has underlined its commitment to delivering a world class event in which spectators leave with enduring memories.

“We have been listening to the fans and we are determined to deliver what they want in 2016,” says director David Higgins.

“The key thing they’ve asked for is to see the stars warming up in front of them while the games are on, just like they did in 2014 so we’re bringing it back.

“We also want to enhance the family friendly atmosphere so in most categories we are going to let children in half price.

“Early bird fans will also be able to buy tickets from just $69 to attend the two day event.”

Those people who want the first pick of the best seats at Eden Park are advised to join the waiting-list before tickets go on-sale to the general public on August 20.

“With big name stars coming and great value for money tickets we are determined this will be the best Nines tournament yet,” says Mr Higgins.

Join the waiting list at  www.nrlaucklandnines.co.nz

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