Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire has declared that the Club will be aiming to repeat their success at the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines in this weekend’s tournament at Eden Park.
Maguire and a 19-strong playing squad travelled to New Zealand on Thursday for the annual tournament, which signals the start of the NRL season.
With $2.3 million in prize money on offer, including $370,000 for the winners, Maguire said the 2015 Nines champions were taking the tournament seriously.
“All of our boys are really looking forward to it,” Maguire said.
“The Nines has a prize at the end of it and we are going over there to perform and implement a lot of the things that we have been doing with our practice so our boys are really ready.
“They have been doing a lot of training and the guys who are going over there are really looking forward to it.”
Kiwis international Bryson Goodwin will captain the Rabbitohs side following the withdrawal of Adam Reynolds due to hamstring tightness.
Brad Dietz has been added to the squad, which includes a mixture of established stars and young talent.
The Rabbitohs have been drawn in the Hunua pool and play Canberra Raiders and Sydney Roosters on Saturday before meeting North Queensland Cowboys on Sunday.
The top two teams from each pool progress to the quarter finals.