The Auckland Nines are just over two weeks away, with NRL clubs set to finalise their squads within the next week or so. Over the past few years, one highlight of the tournament has been the appearance of retired players.

Some of the tournament’s most memorable moments in its brief history have come from retired players, with Brad Fitler’s intercept try and Matt King’s extra-time tournament winner at the peak. As retired players become more popular at the Nines, which former player could possibly make an appearance for your club at the tournament?


1. Brisbane Broncos – Scott Prince

It’s been just over three years since Scott Prince laced up a boot, but by all reports, he’s as fit as ever. Reports even surfaced late last year that a Super League side had considered signing him for 2017, a sign he can still match it with the best of them. And in the Nines format, he could certainly do some damage.

The possibility of Prince teaming up with recruit Benji Marshall will have rugby league fans salivating, with the two combining to deliver the Wests Tigers their maiden premiership – some twelve years ago.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 29: Scott Prince of the Broncos calls out to his team mates during the round four NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)


  1. I am a Storm fan, so I would like to see someone that hasn’t played in 2 years which is longer than half of the players listed above – so Billy Slater. But all jokes aside, what about gorgeous George Rose!

    • Haha yes I would love to see him running around in the Nines trying to catch guys like Bevan French, that would be hilarious.

  2. This is exactly why I can’t stand the 9’s , not only is it boring after you’ve watched 3 games but bringing back old blokes to encourage viewership sums up why this concept is pftttttttttt , dribble ,

  3. Get cliff Lyons in there for manly
    big mal for the Raiders
    hindy for the shmeels
    et for sharks
    hazem elmasari for the dogs

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