Picture: Courtesy NRL.com Pearce admitted the Roosters were still coming to grips with the Nines version of the game in the first two tournaments but is expecting an improved showing at this year’s event, taking place at Eden Park Auckland on February 6 and 7. “It’s different, and to be honest in the first year nobody knew how to play it,” Pearce toldroosters.com.au.”Last year we had some games go well and others not so much, but I think the teams that went well played tough through the middle.”People are always thinking about the space out wide, but in my opinion the ruck is where the game is won.”Pearce tipped former Bronco Jayden Nikorima to excel for the Tricolours, as well as his halves partner Jackson Hastings and the Roosters’ mobile forwards.”I think Jayden Nikorima would go really well with his speed and footwork, and Jackson Hastings would be great as well after playing last year,” Pearce said.”Mobile forwards would thrive, guys like Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Mitchell Aubusson are the type of guys you want running out there.”
The Miami HEAT’s roster includes veteran leaders Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as well as guard Goran Dragic. Minnesota Timberwolves’ bring some of the region’s most popular NBA players—Gorgui Dieng of University of Louisville and Rookie-of-The-Year Karl-Anthony Towns of University of Kentucky—who will lead Minnesota’s team on the court at the KFC Yum! Center alongside 2014 number one draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, and 2015 & 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Champion, Zach LaVine.WHEN: Tickets on sale Friday, June 3 at 10AMWHERE: KFC Yum! Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The NBA will return to the KFC Yum! Center for the third consecutive year when the Miami HEAT take on the Minnesota Timberwolves for a preseason game on October 15, 2016.Tickets start at $18 and go on sale today at 10AM.The first 200 fans to purchase tickets at the KFC Yum! Center box office will receive a free t-shirt.