Physical Disability Nines Kick Off In Auckland
Teams from Australia touched down in Auckland this week for the first trans-Tasman Rugby League tournament of its kind. This weekend Waitemata Seagull Club Rooms in West Auckland will play host to the Physical Disability Rugby League nines games.
Three teams from New South Wales - Manly Sea Eagles, Sydney Rabbitohs and West Tigers - will go head-to-head in a two day clash against New Zealand's Warriors team.
For many of the 60 athletes taking part, it's their first ever Rugby League tournament as well as their first international event.
Day one of the tournament kicks off today with South Sydney Rabbitohs Captain Peter Mitchell admitting to feeling some emotions ahead of their first match.
"I am proud beyond measure and comprehension to be Captain of this side," said Mitchell.
"Even more proud and emotional that I get to share it with my friends. It's time to show the world what Physical Disability Rugby League is all about!"
South Sydney will be represented by Peter Mitchell, Marco Angelo Spennati, Bow Lennon, Eddie Sharp, Joel Pragnell, Josh McQuillan, Tristan Gibbs, Leah Hickey, Caan Hiko and able bodied players Drew Gibbs and Troy Day.