For the first time since 2017, all 16 NRL teams will travel to Perth to compete across two days when the club Nines competition makes its return as a pre-season competition.
Moving away from Auckland for the first time, HBF Park will be the venue where teams will battle for a total prize money of $1 million. A bonus $1 million is also available for any team that can win both the NRL Nines and NRL Telstra Premiership this season.
2019 NRL premiers Sydney Roosters are also the reigning Nines champions, after winning the last edition in 2017.
What is the format?
The 16 teams will each be placed in four pools:
Pool 1: Panthers, Warriors, Roosters, Knights
Pool 2: Bulldogs, Dragons, Eels, Sharks
Pool 3: Raiders, Wests Tigers, Titans, Rabbitohs
Pool 4: Cowboys, Storm, Broncos, Sea Eagles
Each pool team will play each other over the two days with the top two from each group moving to the quarter finals where the Nines will switch to a knockout format to decide who will be the 2020 NRL Nines premiers.
Four NRLW teams - the Dragons, Broncos, Warriors, and Roosters will also participate over the two days in a round-robin tournament.
When is it?
The NRL Nines kicks off on Friday February 14th and will conclude on Saturday February 15th. A total of thirty games will be held over the two day event.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (All times AEST)
7:05pm: Warriors (W) v Roosters (W)
7:30pm: Panthers v Roosters
7:55pm: Warriors v Knights
8:20pm: Bulldogs v Eels
8:45pm: Dragons v Sharks
9:10pm: Raiders v Titans
9:35pm: Wests Tigers v Rabbitohs
10:00pm: Cowboys v Broncos
10:25pm: Storm v Sea Eagles
11:05pm: Broncos (W) v Dragons (W)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (All times AEST)
1:20pm: Roosters (W) v Broncos (W)
1:45pm: Warriors (W) v Dragons (W)
2:10pm Knights v Panthers
2:35pm Roosters v Warriors
3:00pm: Sharks v Bulldogs
3:25pm: Eels v Dragons
3:55pm: Rabbitohs v Raiders
4:20pm: Titans v Wests Tigers
4:45pm: Sea Eagles v Cowboys
5:10pm: Broncos v Storm
5.40pm: Quarter Final 1 – 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B
6:05pm: Quarter Final 2 -1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A
6:30pm: Quarter Final 3 -1st Pool C v 2nd Pool D
6:55pm: Quarter Final 4 -1st Pool D v 2nd Pool C
7:20pm: Broncos (W) v Warriors (W)
7:45pm: Dragons (W) v Roosters (W)
8:20pm: Semi Final 1 – Winner Quarter Final 1 v Winner Quarter Final 2
8:45pm: Semi Final 1 – Winner Quarter Final 2 v Winner Quarter Final 4
9:25pm: Women’s Final
10:00pm: Men’s Final
Who is playing?
With all 16 NRL Clubs involved, teams have started to announce their eighteen man squads in the past few days. Find your teams' NRL Nines squad below:
How to watch it?
All NRL Nines games will be broadcast on NRL Live Pass, Fox League and Kayo Sports. In New Zealand, the games will be available through Sky NZ.
If you are in Perth, one day tickets are still available through Ticketmaster starting at $25 for adults.
I know it’s only the nines but YESSSSS!!!!
The footy is back!
So it says that you play all teams in your pool – 3 games
I might be blind but I can’t see where St.George plays the Bulldogs.
Anyone able to help???
You have 4 pools and each pool is split into 2.
You then play 1 game each against the two teams in the opposing split.
Not sure why it has been configured this way.
Thanks Kev.- bit silly IMHO.
All the way to Perth for maybe only 2 games..
Ah so that explains why i couldnt find my Sharks matching up against Kevs slimey Eels anywhere. Maybe we may meet in the finals somewhere hopefully? 🙂
We lost by 3 and your gummie sharks got smashed by 22.
I don’t think either of our sides are going to the finals cookem.
Looks tragic for Fatrell Mitchells Depleted Weak Soufths forward pack for this season with Ethan Lowes season ending injured knee.
Mmm true that Kev, truuueer thattt! Congrats to the cowbies anyway.
Why was my comment about the Nuggets going around as central coast in juniors blocked? There was nothing nasty in it.
I just said that it didn’t do them any good on the weekend. When their SG Ball lost side lost 64-0 & the Harold Matthews side lost 28-4. What’s wrong with that?
Other than the extra ‘lost’ this time..
Maybe the Nuggets will just abandon them as well? Like they did with Wyong.
I hate the roosters and the supporters on this site as much as the next bloke
But the Sydney roosters do have a team in sg ball and Harold mats. The team your thinking of the central coast roosters have no connection with the nrl side, it’s a team made up of players from the central coast up to Newcastle. The Sydney Roosters team in sg ball beat western suburbs 50-0
Oh fair enough toddy123.
I heard last year that they did have coaching staff & ran trials on the central coast . I imagined that this was just an extension of that?
However, if it is incorrect? My apologies!
However, why couldn’t that side use some other more palatable mascot ?
You’re actually wrong Toddy123.
The Sydney Nuggets went into a joint partnership with the central coast & country rugby league. They are indeed closely connected to the central coast. That’s why the took up the horrible chicken nuggets emblem as their own!
So no need to say sorry at all.
Poor little pinkOfDivide is having his usual Roosters dummy spit. Get over it 🤡ofDivide…. we at the Roosters are the Champions
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