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Eight to debut for Sea Eagles at Nines

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/01/2017

Martin Taupau © SWpix.com/REX/Shutterstock Martin Taupau Manly will boast eight new names at next month's NRL Auckland Nines after coach Trent Barrett elected to rest many of his biggest stars.

Off-season gains Akuila Uate, Curtis Sironen, Shaun Lane, Jono Wright, Brian Kelly, Cameron Cullen, Jarrad Kennedy and Lloyd Perrett will line up in Sea Eagles colours for the first time at the February 2-5 pre-season tournament at Eden Park.

Prop Brenton Lawrence will captain the side with the likes of Daly Cherry-Evans, Nate Myles, Dylan Walker and Tom and Jake Trobojevic missing the event.

New Zealand Test hard man Martin Taupau is the only big name in their line up.

Last year Barrett described the Nines as "dangerous" after having five of his players, including Jamie Buhrer, Jayden Hodges and Jake Trbojevic, injured over the weekend.

Sea Eagles: Brenton Lawrence (capt), Jono Wright, Matt Wright, Brian Kelly, Akuila Uate, Jorge Taufua, Pita Godinet, Cameron Cullen, Peter Schuster, Tom Wright, Joey Lussick, Shaun Lane, Frank Winterstein, Jarrad Kennedy, Curtis Sironen, Addin Fonua Blake, Martin Taupau, Lloyd Perrett.

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