AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 05: The Sydney Roosters celebrate winning the 2017 Auckland Nines final between The Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers at Eden Park on February 5, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Simon Watts/Getty Images)

The NRL Nines has been taken off the calendar for the 2019 season.

It was expected to make a return next season after being put on hold for a year, but there was a feeling that the toll on players’ bodies was becoming too great following the Rugby League World Cup.

The All Stars game is set to return next year, but the league confirmed that Nines was off the agenda after a meeting with league executives earlier in the week.

The governing body is in talks with the Queensland Government about potentially moving the competition to Brisbane, but there is reportedly resistance about scheduling it so close to rugby’s Brisbane Global Tens.

The Nines ran for four years since 2014, and while teams did not want to risk losing players to injury, the $500,000 first prize always made for strong competition.

The NRL are pursuing an International Nines tournament at the end of the 2019 season, where players would represent their countries.

The founder of the NRL All Stars concept Preston Campbell was excited about its impending return.

“I understand what rugby league can do for the community,” Campbell told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“We have so many people who come from all different parts of Australia and other countries to play this great game.

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“Sometimes we forget we are different, but one game brings us all together.

“For me, it’s about making people aware we all live in the same country, we all love rugby league, so why can’t we all just get along?

“Part of it is understanding we may be different, you may be different, but there are so many similarities and we need to be more positive about what connects us.”


  1. Seriously the All Stars concept is trash.
    One of the worst things the NRL has ever come up with.
    Would much prefer to have the nines tournament over the All Stars any day.
    I for one won’t be watching it.

  2. We don’t need either game and risk injuries to the merchandise. As for the indigenous vs the non indigenous team (All Stars) My Souths team could get a lot of injuries like Walker, Inglis, Sutton etc, for what?

    • I don’t see the nines as a risk if they make some changes.
      Instead of making it so you have to have a couple of star players, it should be a showcase for the younger guys coming through.
      If you want to add a couple of seasoned campaigners to your squad then that is up to you.

    • Spot on and Connor Watson was the last player of the Tournament. At that time another Roosters player award🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓

  3. I agree with suechi. While I can see the significance of the All Stars match, both competitions raise the possibility of players getting injured before the season proper kicks off. No team supporter relishes that prospect.

  4. Its a nothing game, a Test match for no Nation. Is this all about the hundreds of tribes that most Aboriginal people have no clue which tribe they came from originally to form a breakaway Nation to take on the World?✂

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