Open-field nature of Nines will suit Jarryd Hayne

Notorious code-hopper Jarryd Hayne will add another format to his belt next February when he heads across the ditch for the Auckland Nines.

Hayne, 28, will don the Titans jumper for his first pre-season hitout of 2017 in the two-day tournament, held just weeks before the start of NRL action.

He'll join fellow rugby league stars Johnathan Thurston and Shaun Johnson at the Nines event.

"You'd rather be playing in the Nines than doing those pre-season sessions we'll be doing," Hayne said on Wednesday.

"It's open, obviously there's less players on the field, and then you get games that go end to end."

The two-time Dally M medallist will use the tournament to gear up for his first full NRL campaign since signing with Gold Coast on a lucrative two-year deal.

The ex-Eels legend joined the club in August via stints in the NFL, with the San Francisco 49ers and with the Fiji rugby sevens.

Hayne said he was enjoying his time on the Gold Coast but that Parramatta and western Sydney would always be home.

The fullback made six appearances for the Titans in 2016, making 14 tackle breaks and scoring a clutch last-minute field goal against the Tigers.

"Being an adventurous person, it's always good to live in different cities and travel the world, experience different things," Hayne said.

"There's a lot of guys who are from out of town as well, so it was really easy to fit in and the guys really accepted me."

Head coach Neil Henry said Hayne's experience in the sevens format would serve him well at Eden Park.

His side would be fit and firing after four months of pre-season, starting in mid-November.

"He tried his hand at sevens to try and get over to the Olympics, and he'll be no stranger to playing that style of footy," Henry said.

"Barring injury, Jarryd will be one of the first players picked."

Hayne's Australian compatriots kick off their Four Nations campaign on Friday night against Scotland, hoping to snatch back the trophy from the Kiwis.

Hayne, who made 11 appearances for the Kangaroos, four for Fiji and 20 for New South Wales, said he'd be watching the tournament with interest.

He hoped to be available for representative selection in 2017 with the World Cup around the corner.

"The final's at Anfield this year, that's so exciting," Hayne said.

"Those are experiences you can't buy."

Henry said fellow Titans guns Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey would also be made available for the tournament.

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