Nines prizemoney will attract NRL's best

Robbie Farah and Todd Carney believe the appeal of a $2.25 million prize pool will entice most clubs to send their strongest team to the NRL Auckland Nines in February.

As the Sharks, Tigers, Eels and Warriors unveiled their jerseys for the nine-a-side tournament, Farah and Carney insisted their respective clubs will be sending over a team capable of winning the competition.

The cash-stricken Sharks can do with a financial boost to ease the pressure, with Carney adamant Cronulla won't be stopping their best players from competing at Eden Park on February 15 and 16.

"We will bring our best side," Carney said.

"The prizemoney is quite appealing and, as a club that needs some money, we will be putting our best foot forward.

"Our nature is to win and that's what we try to do each weekend and it will be no different at the Nines."

Farah, who returned from the World Cup this week, believes the Tigers possess the talent that would suit the Nines tournament.

While the Wests Tigers skipper believes their speed in the backline will be a huge threat, he insists the skillful forwards will be as important.

"Hopefully we go over there with our best side to win it," Farah said.

"It's a decent tournament and it will be nice to win the first one and be known as the inaugural winners. I think it's going to be a pretty exciting brand of footy and hopefully one that suits our style of play.

"We definitely have a lot of speed out wide. I don't think Tim Simona will be ready for that. I think you'll be looking to pick some mobile forwards who will have a big impact in this style of footy. I don't think it's just going to be about the quick guys. Hopefully it will suit my game as well."

Eels centre Willie Tonga believes the likes of Jarryd Hayne, Will Hopoate and Corey Norman will give Parramatta a strong chance of going deep into the tournament.

But the former Queensland and Australian representative said it would be hard to go past Hayne as the player most likely to thrive in the shortened format of the game.

"He'll definitely be one of the best players at the Nines," Tonga said.

"His skill is second to none and when he's on, he's unstoppable. Everyone knows what he can do. We've all seen that. He was successful over in the UK and with that confidence he will come back to the team and lift us, not only for the Nines, but for the season coming up.

"Especially with the young squad we do have and a new coaching staff, we don't have a lot of time to get everything in rhythm. Hopefully we can start off well in the Nines and get a bit of confidence from that heading into the season."

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