Adam Reynolds says he can't wait to play in the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines tournament again in February because his first crack at it made him a better player and he loves the atmosphere generated by the event.
Tickets for the most thrilling event in rugby league can be purchased through the NRL at www.nrl.com/tickets (further details below).
"I was resting up from a few injuries the first year it was on, but I was lucky enough to get the chance to play this year and it was an exciting tournament," the South Sydney halfback said. "Hopefully, I'll be back there for the next one."
The Nines loved Reynolds, too. His Rabbitohs side were crowned champions and he was judged to have been the tournament MVP.
"You can try a few more things when there's a bit more space and I went over there with the idea of doing that," Reynolds said. "I wanted to see how they worked before I thought about trying them in the 13-a-side game.
"I wanted to work on my running game and I think it has improved from that tournament. It definitely helped me with a few other things in the 13-a-side game as well. It was a lot of fun, too. The crowd really gets into it and it's an awesome feeling around Auckland that weekend.
"I love playing Nines and watching the other teams as well. It's exciting for the fans and they really know how to show their appreciation. The people there welcomed every team and made it more fun for everyone to turn up and play."
The 2016 event will be held at Eden Park in Auckland on 6-7 February and tickets to "The Greatest Weekend" are now available at prices ranging from just $NZD69 (approx. $AUD61) for a two-day pass.
Tickets for children are available at half the adult price in most categories.
The biggest stars in the NRL, representing all 16 clubs, will again be playing in the event - including superstars Billy Slater and Shaun Johnson, who have each nominated the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines as their comeback date from major injuries that ended their 2015 NRL seasons early.
It is going to be a great opportunity for league fans to see the best players in the game exercising their super skills on an open field.
There is nothing like this tournament for excitement, with NRL teams facing up against NRL teams in quick succession over one action-packed weekend leading up to the final prize.
The fans will also be able to get up close and personal and watch teams go through their warm-ups for games on the number one field.
There will be a whopping $NZ2.6 million in prizemoney up for grabs at the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines. Don't miss it. This is your chance to see the greatest rugby league players in the world really turning it on for the fans.
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