Nathan Hindmarsh : Nines might get me to play again

IF someone wanted to ask, Nathan Hindmarsh might just lace up the boots again — but only in the newly created Nines.

The former Kangaroo and State of Origin warrior, who also holds the NRL games record for Parramatta, was yesterday on the Border, riding a Harley Davidson for charity and hinting he might play in the modified pre-season tournament.

Among his riding buddies were fellow rugby league legends Brad Fittler, Ian Schubert and Matt Cooper.

The long-retired Fittler provided a cameo at the inaugural tournament in Auckland where an intercept saw the now 42-year-old forced to sprint almost 60 metres to the tryline.

“I enjoyed the Nines, the crowd was awesome, it was like a big party,” Hindmarsh said at the Felltimber campus of the Wodonga Middle Years College yesterday.

“It is a different game to the 40-minute halves and 13-a-side and unlimited interchange has got to help.

“If the opportunity came up and I was asked then I would consider it.

“Rugby 7s goes around the world and I can’t see why this can’t be a similar concept.”

The Hogs for Homeless ride started in Sydney on Sunday and returns to Allianz Stadium tomorrow week with the riders doing a lap of the ground in the lead-up to the season opener between reigning premier the Sydney Roosters and arch-rival South Sydney.

“Of course we are here to talk up the game in an area that is traditionally AFL but more importantly to raise money for Father Chris Riley and his Youth off the Streets team,” Hindmarsh said.

“We raised about $40,000 last year and we are looking to double that and more this year.”

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