NRL Auckland Nines
|NRL Auckland Nines|
|Current season or competition:
2014 NRL Auckland Nines
|Sport||Rugby league football|
|Number of teams||16 Male
2 Female (2015)
|Current Champions||North Queensland Cowboys (2014)|
|Most titles||North Queensland Cowboys (1 title)|
|Broadcast partner||Fox Sports
The NRL Auckland Nines (known as the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines due to sponsorship) is a rugby league nines competition first held by the National Rugby League at Auckland's Eden Park between 15 – 16 February 2014. The 2014 event was the first of five to be held at Eden Park.
In the 2014 tournament all sixteen NRL clubs competed. Each squad included at least 12 of their top 25 players in their squad, and at least one marquee player. The winner of the tournament received AUD$500,000 with a total prize pool of AUD$2,250,000.
In the 2015 tournament all sixteen NRL clubs competed along with the Kiwi Ferns and the Jillaroos who competed in a three game series. In 2015, the pool names were chosen by a public vote. The pool names are: Rangitoto, Waiheke, Piha and Hunua Ranges.
There are a number of rule variations that will be implemented to ensure the games are much faster and ensure fewer delays and stoppages.
The major Rule changes that differ from regular NRL games are:
- Two nine minute halves with a two minute half time period.
- Nine players a side with six unlimited interchange players.
- Scrums will only form after a double knock on, with attacking teams to elect which side to feed the ball.
- No video referee, with one on-field referee.
- Five minute golden try period in qualifying rounds with a draw to be deemed if there is no result, while unlimited golden try for the finals.
- A tap restart will take place after a 40/20.
- Five points for a try scored in the bonus zone under the posts, with two point drop kick conversion attempts.
- The scoring team will have a dropkick off to restart play.
- Five minute sin bins.
- Five tackles in a set.
|2014||North Queensland Cowboys||16 – 7||Brisbane Broncos|
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