Fred Astaire was still cutting the rug, and with great proficiency at that, at the age of 55, but does that mean that Ruben Wiki, the former Kiwi international, can come out of retirement to lead the Warriors in Auckland Nines?
We are a bit older than Wiki, but simply getting out of bed in the morning is all the physical challenge we require.
Wiki is going to captain the host team and many of the NRL clubs, despite reservations regarding the injury risk to their big names, are bringing out the guns in the chase for some share of the prize pot.
Jonathan Thurston will be there. Jarryd Hayne plans on participating. Shaun Johnson has been confirmed.
The Eels’ have found a way to get around passport restrictions that threatened to keep Semi Radradra out of Oz and into New Zealand, so he will be a part of a formidable 19-man contingent at the disposal of Coach Brad Arthur.
The Manly Sea Eagles will have to make do without Matthew Wright, who will be out as the result of a training injury that left him with a fractured hand.
The Raiders, Sharks, Titans, Sea Eagles and Rabbitohs have their lists compiled, whilst the Roosters, Panthers, Knights and Bulldogs are some of the teams maintaining an aura of suspense.