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Eels spring a Nines surprise by naming Radradra

Semi Radradra of the Eels is tackled by Jack Wighton of the Raiders.
Semi Radradra of the Eels is tackled by Jack Wighton of the Raiders. DAN HIMBRECHTS

SEMI Radradra is a shock inclusion to the Parramatta Eels squad that will travel to the NRL's Auckland Nines next weekend.

The Eels' try-scoring winger has regained his passport after a successful application to revise his bail conditions was granted on Friday by the Parramatta court.

Radradra was forced to surrender his passport last November after appearing in court on domestic violence charges.

It's understood Radradra requested the change in bail conditions to solely play in the nine-a-side tournament and in a bid to commence repaying the faith the Parramatta club has shown the former Test star.

Meanwhile, returning veteran Ruben Wiki will make his rugby league comeback in style by leading the Warriors at the Nines.

Wiki, who hung up the boots in 2008, will return to the field two days before his 44th birthday at the head of a New Zealand squad desperate to take the club's first title in the abbreviated format.

Shaun Johnson and Solomone Kata, who have both starred in previous appearances at the tournament, will return but Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is a notable absentee.

The Warriors will take on Manly, Parramatta and St George-Illawarra in the pool stages.

Topics:  auckland nines parramatta eels semi radradra


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