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After captaining a young side to the elimination stages last year, Wests Tigers forward Chris Lawrence said he was excited for the next installment of the Auckland Nines competition as the exciting brand of rugby league enters it's third season.

Speaking at today's 2016 Auckland Nines jersey launch at Dick Smith in the Sydney CBD, Lawrence said the competition had been a great success so far for rugby league, and that he was again looking forward to being part of the action at Eden Park early next year.

"Last year being my first year, it was a bit of an unknown," he said, "so I'm really looking forward to the Auckland Nines this year — knowing what to expect.

"It was a good experience for us last year, and a great chance for some of the younger boys to showcase what they can do. I'm sure they'll be looking to do the same again next year."

See what Chris Lawrence had to say in full about the 2016 Auckland Nines above.

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