With the NRL Nines officially confirmed and our NRL season all but over, I am going to be ranting about this for the next few months. Yes, I realise it is far away but I don't care.
Auckland NRL Nines
*Confirmed today at press conferences at Eden Park in Auckland and in Sydney.
*First tournament February 15 & 16, 2014.
*All 16 NRL clubs will compete, and will include at least 12 of their top 25 players in their squad, and at least one marquee player.
*Games will be two nine-minute halves. Pools of four then knockout matches.
*Auckland Council to invest up to $12 million over the next five years.
*Event expected to generate $2.8 million in spending in Auckland and 32,800 visitor nights in its first year, rising to $6.8 million and 43,000 nights by year five.
* A$2.2 million prize money on offer, including A$500,000 for the winner.
*Ticket prices: gold adult $229, child $179. Silver adult $149, child $109. Bronze adult $99, child $79, green adult $69, child $49, family pass (for alcohol-free zone) $309.
*On sale, September 24.
Despite rumours that some NRL clubs weren't going to release their top stars to play, the likes of NRL stars Robbie Farah, Sam Thaiday, Willie Mason, Anthony Watmough, Greg Bird, Paul Gallen and Todd Carney are on record as eager to take part.
"I'm coming and us Tigers want to win it," said Farah, the Tigers captain.
"We are pleased to say that many clubs - including the likes of the Wests Tigers, Gold Coast Titans and the New Zealand Warriors - have indicated they will go further than that in an effort to try and win the tournament."
Who would be in your team?
Do we go balls-to-the-wall with stars in an attempt to win it, or go with as many fringers as possible to avoid costly injuries?
Who do you think could be the top NRL Nines players?
Are you going to dress up as Justin Bieber?