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Storm assistant Adam O’Brien will coach the Club at next week's Auckland Nines as the squad’s preparations for their 2016 campaign continue throughout pre-season.

It is the second consecutive year that the highly regarded O’Brien will take charge after doing so in 2015 with Head Coach Craig Bellamy also making the trip to Auckland, providing his assistant coaches with invaluable experience for the third year running.

O’Brien is entering his third season as an Assistant Coach at Storm after spending two years as the Club’s development coach and before that four years as U20s Assistant Coach.

He joined Storm in 2007 as a part of the coaching staff for the Club’s NYC team and has since helped nurture current squad members such as Jesse Bromwich, Kevin Proctor, Cameron Munster and Marika Koroibete.

O’Brien’s appointment at this year’s Auckland Nines will help to further add to his wealth of additional coaching experience. O'Brien has also been rewarded with the appointment as Assistant Coach of the NSW Country Team for the Annual City v Country game during the NRL's Representative Weekend in May.

Storm has been drawn in the Waiheke group against the Roosters, Rabbitohs and Eels.

The tournament, now in its third year, will be held across two days amidst a carnival-style atmosphere on February 6-7.

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