Wests Tigers have named their 18-man squad for the second ever Dick Smith Auckland Nines tournament, which takes place at Eden Park, Auckland on January 31 and February 1.

With the joint-venture club having one of the deepest and most exciting youth systems in the competition, they have pulled from that pool to field their team for the Nines. Among those players is young outside back Delouise Hoeter. He has big wraps at the club so look for him to impress.

Along with some of the clubs young players are some new recruits. Josh Drinkwater and Kevin Naiqama will play their first games for the club in the tournament and will be looking to impress new head coach Jason Taylor to ensure they are there round 1 against one of their opponents at the Nines, the Gold Coast Titans.

The Tigers start the competition against the Raiders followed by a fixture against the Titans. Then come Sunday a game with one of the favourites, the New Zealand Warriors, before hopefully for Wests fans a few more games later in the day.

Wests Tigers 2015 Auckland Nines Squad:

  1. Sitaleki Akauola
  2. Nathan Brown
  3. Jack Buchanan
  4. Manaia Cherrington
  5. Josh Drinkwater
  6. Asipeli Fine
  7. Salesi Funaki
  8. Delouise Hoeter
  9. Chris Lawrence
  10. Lamar Liolevave
  11. Kyle Lovett
  12. Joel Luani
  13. Kevin Naiqama
  14. Pat Richards
  15. Brenden Santi
  16. Ava Seumanufagai
  17. Tim Simona
  18. Sauaso Sue