St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Josh Dugan has been named in the team to take part in the NRL Auckland Nines competition taking place at Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday, February 6-Sunday, February 7.

The Australia international is looking forward to returning to the fast-paced arena and is keen to learn from his previous outing in the nine-man game.

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"I'm looking forward to competing in the Nines Tournament once again as I enjoy the attacking style of footy that it offers," said Dugan.

"It will be a good opportunity for me to work on my game ahead of the new season and see where I am up to with my own conditioning."

The Dragons have been included in the Piha Pool alongside the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Gold Coast Titans and Canberra Raiders in the two-day tournament to be staged on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7.

All 16 NRL teams will enter the tournament which carries prize money of more than $AU2.4 million.

The teams, which have nine players, are split into the four pools and play nine minute halves.

The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage of the tournament before the two top teams play in the final. 

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The full squads for the pre-season fixtures are yet to be finalised but all players, provided they are fit, will either be competing against the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls at Redlands or taking part in the NRL Auckland Nines as both events are on the same weekend.

Each day the Dragons will reveal an additional member of the travelling squads for either the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls or NRL Auckland Nines team, alternating the teams, via dragons.com.au and our respective social media channels.

Wynnum-Manly Seagulls Squad:

Gareth Widdop (c)
Joel Thompson
Ben Creagh

NRL Nines Squad:

Jack de Belin
Euan Aitken
Josh Dugan

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