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Community, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you a new member of our inner sanctum – The Cowboy.

Yes my beloved community – we are extending the arms of our wisdom to Fantasy NRL. It goes without saying, I’m bloody aroused to the shitter about this …. maybe not enough to grab a poodle but its getting there.

Over to you Cowboy!


TheCowboyHowdy SuperCoachers! I’m STOKED that the great Jock Reynolds has got me on board for The Community to get the NRL discussions firing …. let’s get cracking!

NRL Supercoach also opened today and as we move closer to Waitangi Weekend (February 6 – 7), fans are bracing themselves for the extraordinary spectacle that is the NRL Auckland Nines.  Not only will we witness the fast-paced version of the classic thirteen-a-side game, but we will also be privy to the current form of many potential and established NRL Supercoach candidates.

2016 NRL Auckland Nines pools:

  • Waiheke Pool – Roosters, Rabbitohs, Eels, Storm
  • Rangitoto Pool – Knights, Cowboys, Panthers, Tigers
  • Hunua Pool – Warriors, Bulldogs, Sea Eagles, Broncos
  • Piha Pool – Dragons, Raiders, Sharks, Titans

Although the official team lists haven’t been released, a handful of players (past and present) have confirmed their participation. Each club is allowed one former player to take part in the Nines Tournament. The Sydney Roosters have confirmed that retired Australian International and New South Wales State of Origin five-eighth Braith Anasta will likely be representing their club at the Nines tournament this season. Other past stars that have shown interest in participating include North Queensland Cowboys star Matty Bowen and former All Black Carlos Spencer.

We can also confirm that a range of notable players will be participating in the Nines tournament. These players include Darius Boyd, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Issac Luke, Josh Dugan, Josh Mansour and Kurt Mann.

There are currently two teams that have named their Auckland Nines squads:

Penrith Panthers:

  • Elijah Taylor, Te Maire Martin, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Jeremy Latimore, Bryce Cartwright, Zach Dockar-Clay, Robert Jennings, Ben Garcia, Josh Mansour, Isaah Yeo, Corey Harawira, Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Sione Katoa.

Newcastle Knights:

  • Jaelen Feeney, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Brock Lamb, Danny Levi, Jake Mamo, Chanel Mata’utia, Pat Mata’utia, Sione Mata’utia, William Pearsall, Tyler Randell, Robbie Rochow, Nathan Ross, Korbin Sims, Tariq Sims, Daniel Saifiti, Jacob Saifiti, Joseph Tapine, Akuila Uate.

Typically the Auckland Nines isn’t known for showcasing up and coming talent, although we may get a chance to see some promising NRL Supercoach rookies and/or “cheapies” (as they are known) showing their faces during the tournament. Due to injuries to both Lachlan Maranta and Jack Reed, talented Ipswich Jets youngster Carlin Anderson has a great chance to start for the Broncos in Round 1, and even appear in the Nines format.

Other rookies and cheapies to look out for are:

  • Ashley Taylor (Gold Coast Titans – $133,300). Ashley is currently battling for a starting spot in the halves for 2016.
  • Jackson Hastings (Sydney Roosters – $133,300). With James Maloney’s move to the Cronulla Sharks, we’re expecting Hastings to play in the halves alongside Mitchell Pearce.
  • Dale Copley (Sydney Roosters – $178,400). Copley should be playing as starting centre following Jennings’ move to the Parramatta Eels.

One of the hottest topics entering the tournament is the fitness of the New Zealand Warriors star, Shaun Johnson. Johnson, an absolute “Gun” in the Nines format, suffered a season ending ankle injury in Round 20 of the 2015 season. Shaun has reported that his recovery is going well, although NRL fans and NRL Supercoaches alike need one question answered: Will he be able to return to his unbelievable pre-injury form? A question that’ll be answered either at the Nines tournament, trial games, or at latest the NRL regular season.

So it’s over to you Community ….

Who will you be keeping a close Fantasy eye on in the Nines?

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This was like reading Chinese to me, for all I know you've made up all these players haha
I look forward to learning from you Cowboy, may your Rugby knowledge help grow our community!


It's an exciting time for all of us! I look forward to watching the JR community grow.


Appears we have become a multisportural community.


Exciting times!


Keen mate! I have had a go with NRL SC in the past so I am looking forward to having a bit of a chat here about it. Can you rank these guns for me mate in terms of locks or not?? thanks Cowboy.
Johnathan Thurston
Cameron Smith
Ben Hunt
Adam Reynolds
Shaun Johnson


In order.


Johnathan Thurston – Yes, although some people will be praying for a price drop and grabbing him after the first few rounds.
Cameron Smith – Yes
Ben Hunt – There are better options in my opinion. JT, DCE and possibly SJ if fit.
Adam Reynolds – May be popular due to being slightly cheaper than other guns
Shaun Johnson – Maybe if fit, although I'm preferring JT and DCE. DCE will take the lead with Walker not being too experienced in the halves


JT – LOCK. First player picked in my team.
Smith – Yes, but someone like Segeyaro might be better value (and won't play origin). Bring Smith in after the byes. If byes don't worry you, LOCK him in.
Hunt – I want him in my team, but I've already got Thurston. Will probably come in at upgrade time.
Reynolds – No
Johnson – Same as Hunt. Very inconsistent so can be grabbed nice and cheap at some point of every year.


Thurston by a country mile, year in year out most consistent sc player followed by smith! Rocks or diamonds with Johnson but has the ability to score points very quickly + has some added attacking firepower this year in Luke and RTS! Adam Reynolds is not SC relevant IMO and is getting a bit injury prone. Ben hunt – can’t squeeze him in unfortunately, he doesn’t kick goals which puts him behind the 1st 3 but I couldn’t talk you out of him, big scorer!


You've hit the nail on the head Casper. Reynolds might be more popular than you think due to his price tag.


Hey Cowboy, the big question this year is Gal or no Gal??? Supercoach superstar BUT at 35 sure he will be rested this year and wont get anywhere near the minutes he used to.


Being injury prone, he is a massive risk at his age. I won't be choosing him in my starting side at 499k. In saying that, his base stats are enormous and could be a good pick up if his price declines! He's a 'wait and see'.


Gob smacking debut here Cowboy – it is absolutely magnificent to have you onboard son!


A pleasure. Thanks mate


A couple of additional cheapies to keep an eye on:

Pauli Pauli ($144,200): The Newcastle Knights have just signed him from the Eels – keep an eye on where he'll slot in to the team.

Jayden Nikorima ($113,800): If Mitchell Pearce is stood down due to his recent antics, Nikorima could be his replacement.


Cronulla Sharks Nines Squad: Ben Barba, Gerard Beale, Jack Bird, Mitch Brown, Kurt Capewell, Josh Cleeland, Jordan Drew, Sosaia Feki, David Fifita, Chris Heighington, Valentine Holmes, Ricky Leutele, Luke Lewis, Matt McIlwrick, Joseph Paulo, Matt Prior, Sam Tagataese, Chad Townsend

Rex Glossop

I like the look of that Cronulla side Cowboy! A couple of rough diamonds in there and proven performers!


I couldn't agree more Rex. I think they'll come mighty close to making an Auckland Nines final appearance. I know Barba hasn't been the in the best form in recent times, but with the extra room to move and having the likes of Holmes, Leutele, Bird and Beale around him, who knows what this team could do!!


if anyones interested I have created a league called JR NRL SC (league # 288587) … all are followers welcome


Hey waz, ive joined, you'll find me under 'Coffs Coast Chunk', I was coming around 30th last year after the 1st bye before injuries and [email protected] hit the fan.


Good stuff Liam… Hopefully Cowboy will join us 🙂

Sascha greening

Great read, great article. Good too see the NRL getting more exposure, and SuperCoach is the way to go. I’m an NRL but, and this piece is brilliant. Well done mate. Continue to expand into the NRL and BBL ( big bash) also guys. It’s a big market.


Manly Sea Eagles Nines Squad
Jamie Buhrer
Brenton Lawrence
Fabian Goodall
Nathan Green
Isaac John
Jorge Taufua
Wof Lavaka
Feleti Mateo
Tim Moltzen
Matt Parcell
Tony Satini
Tom Symonds
Jake Trbojevic©
Tom Trbojevic
Blake Leary
Jesse Ramien
Jayden Hodges
Brayden Wiliame


Canberra Raiders Nines Squad: Jordan Rapana, Kato Ottio, Jarrod Croker ©, Brenko Lee, Sisa Waqa, Lachlan Croker, Sam Williams, Shannon Boyd, Kurt Baptiste, Paul Vaughan, Jason Croker, Jarrad Kennedy, Luke Bateman, Thomas Cronan, Mitch Barnett, Jack Williams, Zac Santo, Rhys Kennedy.


Melbourne Storm Nines Squad: Curtis Scott, Young Tonumaipea, Richie Kennar, Cameron Munster, Marika Koroibete, Blake Green, (c), Brodie Croft, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Ben Hampton, Mark Nicholls, Kenny Bromwich, Tohu Harris, Dale Finucane, Nafe Seluini, Jeremy Hawkins, Dean Britt, Joe Stimson, Tony Tumusa


Brisbane Broncos Auckland Nines Squad: Sam Thaiday (c), Elijah Alick, Carlin Anderson, Jai Arrow, Adam Blair, Darius Boyd, Alex Glenn, Keegan Hipgrave, Andrew McCullough, Francis Molo, Todd Murphy, Darren Nicholls, Corey Oates, Joseph Ofahengaue, Todd Opacic, Jonus Pearson, Sam Scarlett, Caleb Timu


North Queensland Cowboys Nines Squad: 1. Matthew Bowen, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O’Neill, 4. Kane Linnett, 5. Antonio Winterstein, 6. Lachlan Coote, 7. Ray Thompson, 8. John Asiata, 9. Jake Granville, 10. James Tamou, 11. Gavin Cooper (c), 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Jason Taumalolo, 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Rory Kostjasyn, 16. Coen Hess, 17. Matthew Wright, 18. Gideon Gela-Mosby.


ah weh-com @Coach_Cowboy, off to a good start mate, my team 'Backatbelmore' spent most of 2014 in the top 10 overall chasing Dave Von Kotzes team only to crash out in the last round and end up 27th! Last season; another story!!! haha..Anyway great to see the father of fantasy has expanded, looking forward to your posts!


Thanks Kahly!
That's an amazing season you had in 2014, well done! I bet you're looking forward to the excitement and headaches of the 2016 season. I'll be heading to my closest venue to give CoachKings a crack too.


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs: 1. Tyrone Phillips, 2. Jarrod McInally, 3. Chase Stanley, 4. Craig Garvey, 5. Matt Frawley, 6. Kerrod Holland, 7. Dane Chisholm, 8. Danny Fualalo, 9. Adam Elliott, 10. Tim Browne, 11. Tony Williams, 12. Sam Kasiano, 13. Greg Eastwood (c), 14. Pat O'Hanlon, 15. Shaun Lane, 16. Reimis Smith, 19. Ruebenn Rennie, 20. Brad Abbey.

New Zealand Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa Sheck, 2. Ryan Hoffman, 3. Jacob Lillyman, 4. David Fusitu'a, 5. Solomone Kata, 6. Tuimoala Lolohea, 7. Shaun Johnson (c), 8. Charlie Gubb, 9. Henare Wells, 10. Konrad Hurrell, 11. Ben Matulino, 12. Ken Maumalo, 13. Jonathan Wright, 14. Jeff Robson, 15. Sam Lisone, 16. Blake Ayshford, 17. Albert Vete, 18. Ata Hingano.

Parramatta Eels: 1. Corey Norman (c), 2. Semi Radradra, 3. Vai Toutai, 4. John Folau, 5. Bureta Faraimo, 6. Luke Kelly, 7. Mitch Cornish, 8. Junior Paulo, 9. Cameron King, 10. Peni Terepo, 11. Manu Ma'u, 12. David Gower, 13. Tepai Moeroa, 14. Bevan French, 15. Matt Woods, 16. Ryan Morgan, 17. Kelepi Tanginoa, 18. Cody Nelson.

Sydney Roosters: 1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Brendan Elliot, 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5. Joe Burgess, 6. Braith Anasta (c), 7. Tyler Cornish, 8. Isaac Liu, 9. Ian Henderson, 10. Abraham Papalii, 11. Vincent Leuluai, 12. Eloni Vunakece, 13. Nat Butcher, 14. Connor Watson, 15. Joseph Manu, 16. Nathan Smith, 17. Joey Lussick, 18. Omar Slaimankhel.

South Sydney Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston, 2. Michael Oldfield, 3. Bryson Goodwin, 4. Ed Murphy, 5. Cameron Mcinnes, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Damien Cook, 8. John Sutton,9. Thomas Burgess, 10. Kyle Turner, 11. Jason Clark, 12. Paul Carter, 13. Cheyne Whitelaw, 14. John Olive, 15. Kirisome Auvaá, 16. Hymel Hunt, 17. Jack Gosiewski, 18. Zane Musgrove.

Wests Tigers: 1. Chris Lawrence (c), 2. Justin Hunt, 3. Tim Simona, 4. Kevin Naiqama, 5. Josh Addo Carr, 6. Jack Littlejohn, 7. Josh Drinkwater, 8. Ava Seumanufagai, 9. Manaia Cherrington, 10. Jack Buchanan, 11. Kyle Lovett, 12. Tyler Cassel, 13. Sauaso Sue, 14. Lamar Liolevave, 15. Michael Chee Kam, 16. Rod Griffin, 17. Nathan Milone, 18. Watson Heleta.

Gold Coast Titans: 1. Anthony Don, 2. David Mead, 3. Nene McDonald, 4. Brian Kelly, 5. Greg Leleisiuao, 6. Ashley Taylor, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Agnatius Paasi, 9. Matthew Srama, 10. Jeff Lynch, 11. Chris McQueen, 12. Greg Bird, 13. Lachlan Burr, 14. Daniel Mortimer (c), 15. Shane Wright, 16. Nathaniel Peteru, 17. Shannon Walker, 18. Nathan Davis.

St George Illawarra Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan (c), 2. Reuban Garrick, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Tim Lafai, 5. Kurt Mann, 6. Drew Hutchinson, 7. Josh McCrone, 8. Dunamis Lui, 9. Mitch Rein, 11. Jacob Host, 12. Jake Marketo, 13. Jack de Belin, 14. Kiti Glymin, 15. Kalifa Faifai Loa, 16. Matt Duffy, 17. Sebastine Ikahihifo, 18. Jay Gallagher, 19. Tyrone McCarthy.


not playing nines but keep an eye on whether grevsmuhl gets a starting spot in Rd 1 for the bunnies. 0.98 points per minute available for $235,800 as a FRF/2RF. if he gets more than his 2015 38mins a game hell make some huge $$ especially with chris mcqueen off to the Ttians, G Stewart gone – only consideration is Kyle Turner to start instead??


Grevsmuhl looks to be great value at that price if he gets a starting spot. My only concern is that he may only play limited minutes due to moving to Penrith next season. The coach may want to give other forwards more game time, which is a shame because Grevs is a future star in my eyes.


is a shame hey! didnt know he was going to Penrith, def a negative. ill keep him on the watchlist and see his gametime. J Tapine?


A definite shame!

We'll have to wait and see what happens with Tapine. Just signed with Raiders starting 2017 for big bucks so his minutes this season are uncertain. He may even be granted an early release


I noticed Jason Clark looked real fit and ready at the nines – 1.03ppm last yr with average 38.6mins – will he get more gametime?? POD


I can't see him getting anymore game time to be honest. At 251k I don't think there'll be too much upside to picking him. He did look nice and fit and the Nines though didn't he!