27 Jan 2017

Wiki to lead Warriors in Nines

5:30 pm on 27 January 2017

Eight years after finishing up his National Rugby League career former Kiwis captain Reuben Wiki will captain the Warriors in next month's Auckland Nines competition.

Wiki is joined in the squad by Shaun Johnson, Ryan Hoffman, Tuimoala Lolohea, Solomone Kata and Blake Ayshford who have played in each of the previous three NRL Nines tournaments.

Wiki was in the Kiwis' title-winning side at the World Nines in 1996 and 1997.

Reuben Wiki (right) will lead the Warriors at the NRL Nines.

Reuben Wiki (right) will lead the Warriors at the NRL Nines. Photo: Photosport

"I'm still buzzing about having the chance to play the Nines and now being asked to be captain as well takes it to another level," said Wiki.

"It was humbling to be selected in the first place. To be leading the boys at Eden Park will be one of the highlights of my career."

The Warriors reached the final last year losing to Parramatta, which was later stripped of the title due to salary cap breaches.

Warriors will play Manly, Parramatta and St George Illawarra in pool play at this year's tournament.