2017 Auckland Nines

The NRL, ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development) and Duco Events today confirmed that the NRL Nines Tournament will be suspended next year to ease the workload of players following the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

NRL Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Abdo said the Nines had been one of the game’s success stories over the last four years and had a long-term future on the Rugby League calendar.

But he said that with the Rugby League World Cup running until 2 December, it was not viable to ask elite players to back up for the Nines tournament in early 2018.

The same applies for the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars game in the pre-season, which will also not be held in 2018 but will return in 2019.

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Mr Abdo said there was every chance the NRL Nines would be held in Australia when it returns to the Rugby League calendar and the NRL would seek expressions of interest from cities interested in hosting the event.

He said that Auckland had been a fantastic host of the event and confirmed that there is a strong likelihood that the event will return to New Zealand in the future rotation.

The NRL and Duco Events acknowledged the important role that ATEED had played in the establishment and ongoing success of the event, along with major sponsor Downer and other event partners.


  1. Anyone got any idea of the World Cup squad? Heres how i see it. And remember meninga said he will pick the best 17 available to him at the time.

    1 Slater
    2 Holmes
    3 Chambers
    4 Walker
    5 Gagai
    6 Munster
    7 Cronk
    8 Fifita
    9 Smith
    10 Klemmer
    11 Cordner
    12 Gillett
    13 Trbojevic

    14 Morgan
    15 Wallace
    16 Papalii
    17 Graham

    18 Boyd
    19 Trbojevic
    20 Hess

    21 Milford
    22 Cooper
    23 Jackson
    24 Dugan

    Should be good to see a couple of the young guns get a game like Trbojevic, Milford, Hess get a game. Also looking forward to watching some of the big guns play for other teams like hayne, leilua ect.

      • great team, but after last nights origin and the comments that followed, surely D.Napa gets in there What about P.Vaughan? and remember S.Radradra is an Aussie. best available would mean Gagai goes back to reserve gra…sorry, Newcastle.
        And in Boyd, do you mean Shannon or Darius?

    • I thought the team would be something like this
      1. Trbojevic
      2. Gagai
      3. Dugan
      4. Walker
      5. Holmes
      6. Green
      7. DCE
      8. Lussick
      9. Korisau
      10. Klemmer
      11. Jackson
      12. Gillett
      13. Trbojevic
      14. Morgan
      15. Smith
      16. Fatfita
      17. Graham
      Or am I being a little facetious?

  2. Since the scrapping of city v country the nines tournament should be in in the country the nrl is always on bout grass roots here is a great opportunity to bring the game to the rural areas

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