Sea Eagles legend Steve Menzies is set to strap on the famous Albion headgear and pull on the maroon and white of Manly Warringah once again, after being named in the club’s inaugural Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines squad.
The 40 year-old former Origin and Test star was approached by coach and good friend, Geoff Toovey, after finishing his career in France and returning to home to Australia late last year.
The veteran forward has been training with the team in secret at the Sea Eagles base in Narrabeen this week, whilst the club sort approval from the NRL for his return.
Menzies comeback will add invaluable experience to a young Sea Eagles squad looking to make their mark and hopefully take out the inaugural event.
A host of Sea Eagles regulars have been named including premiership winning halfback and 2013 Clive Churchill medalist Daly Cherry-Evans, versatile back rowers Jamie Buhrer, Justin Horo and Tom Symonds as well as the Club’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, Peta Hiku.
David Williams will line up alongside wing partner Jorge Taufua, who has been named in the squad after recovering from a slight strain that kept him out of Friday night’s trial against the Sharks.
The team departs for Auckland on Thursday morning before visiting the Richmond Rovers Rugby League Club in the afternoon. They will also be participating in the Welcome Ceremony at Aotea Square on the Friday before taking on the Cowboys in their first match on Saturday.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NRL Auckland Nines Squad List:
(In alphabetical order)