Super League World Nines

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World Nines
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 1996
Ceased 1997
Region International (SLIB)
Most titles New Zealand (2 titles)

The Super League World Nines (known as the Gatorade Super League World Nines due to sponsorship), was a pre-season rugby league nines tournament between national sides. Set up in the midst of the Super League war and created in opposition to the Australian Rugby League's World Sevens tournament, the tournament was held twice before being abandoned when the two factions merged to form the National Rugby League.

History[edit]

1996 Tournament[edit]

The 1996 World Nines were held at National Stadium in Suva, Fiji from 22 February to 24 February. The winner of this competition was New Zealand, who won their first world trophy in a rugby league competition.[1] New Zealand were awarded A$30,000 for the win.[2] The 1996 World Nines marked the first time that a video referee was used for a game of rugby league. Due to a court ruling in the Federal Court of Australia, this was the only Super League competition held in 1996.[3]

1997 Tournament[edit]

The 1997 World Nines were held in Townsville, Queensland from 31 January to 2 February. New Zealand won this competition for the second year in a row.

Squads[edit]

1996 Tournament[edit]

Sixteen squads competed in Suva:[2]

Gary Connolly, of England, and Martin Hall, the Welsh captain, were forced to withdraw from their respective squads after being threatened with legal action by the Australian Rugby League.[4]

NEW ZEALAND

Coach - Graeme Norton[5]

1. Sean Hoppe (c) 2. John Kirwan 3. Stephen Kearney 4. Nigel Vagana 5. Gene Ngamu 6. Tony Tatupu 7. Gavin Hill 8. Mark Carter 9. Stacey Jones 10. Tony Iro 11. Richie Barnett 12. Henry Paul 13. Ruben Wiki 14. Latham Tawhai

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Coach -

AUSTRALIA

Coach - Mal Meninga[6]

1. Robbie Beckett 2. Jason Croker 3. Laurie Daley (c) 4. Andrew Ettingshausen 5. David Furner 6. Simon Gillies 7. Paul Green 8. Michael Hancock 9. Jason Hetherington 10. Glenn Lazarus 11. Brett Mullins 12. Steve Renouf 13. Wendell Sailor 14. Ricky Stuart 15. Kevin Walters

ENGLAND

Coach -

1. Rob Smyth 2. Phil Cantillon

WALES

Coach -Clive Griffiths[7]

1. Allan Bateman (Cronulla) 2. Iestyn Harris 3. Mark Jones (both Warrington) 4. Paul Atcheson 5. Neil Cowie 6. Scott Quinnell (all Wigan) 7. Jason Critchley 8. Gareth Cochrane (both Keighley) 9. Gareth Stephens (Castleford) 10. Gavin Price-Jones (Swinton) 11. Ian Watson (Salford) 12. Mark Perrett (Halifax) 13. Rowland Phillips (Workington) 14. John Donno (Widnes)

WESTERN SAMOA

Coach - Max McCamish[6]

1. Tea Ropati (c) 2. Willie Poching 3. Mike Setefano 4. Robert Piva 5. Bryan Laumatia 6.Fetuao Peeleti 7. Faamati Laumanuvae 8. Tuti Godinet 9. Sinoti Fuanonofo 10. Okesene Moananu 11. Siu Amosa 12. Wayne Schuster

TONGA

Coach -

IRELAND

Coach -

FIJI

Coach -

FRANCE

Coach -

ITALY

Coach -

SCOTLAND

Coach - Scott Gilmour[6]

1. Chris Simmers 2. Alisdair Blee 3. Nick Mardon 4. Darrall Shelford 5. James Cowan 6. Graeme Thompson 7. Darren Shaw 8. Danny Russell 9. Bill McGinty 10. Gary Murdock 11. Steve Tait 12. George Graham 13. Sean Cusack 14. Billy Gamba

COOK ISLANDS

Coach -

1. Meti Noovao

UNITED STATES

Coach - [6]

1. David Di Sorbio 2. Kevin Gittings 3. Robert Balachandran 4. Tony Wallace 5. Prince Hill 6. Kevin Cassidy 7. Aaron Tucker 8. Mike Evergin 9. Fred Gruhler 10. David Bowe 11. Shelton Davis 12. Rob Anna 13. Gary Lambert 14. Mike Loader 15. Britton Coffman 16. Chris Veally 17. Nick Bell

MOROCCO

Coach -

JAPAN

Coach -

1997 Tournament[edit]

Twelve squads of fourteen players competed in Townsville:[8]

GREAT BRITAIN

Coach - Andy Gregory

1. Andy Farrell (c) 2. Stuart Spruce 3. Scott Naylor 4. Martin Crompton 5. John Bentley 6. Chris Smith 7. Keith Senior 8. Barrie-Jon Mather 9. Denis Betts 10. Tommy Martyn 11. Iestyn Harris 12. Adrian Morley 13. Stephen Holgate 14. Tulsen Tollett

WESTERN SAMOA

Coach - Mark Graham

1. Apollo Perelini 2. Vila Matautia 3. John Schuster 4. Willie Swann 5. Bryan Laumatia 6. Iva Ropati 7. Logan Swann 8. Tea Ropati 9. Phillip Leuluai 10. Jerry Seuseu 11. Anthony Swann 12. Nigel Vagana 13. Fata Sini 14. Matt Sauvao

JAPAN

Coach - Max Mannix

1. Masami Hukata 2. Yoshihiro Noda 3. Jun Kanezawa 4. Kenichiaou Yukamizo 5. Tokeshi Muda 6. Kiyoto Kodayashi 7. Greg Mannix (c) 8. Toru Suzuki 9. Yuji Suzuki 10. Yoshikazu Kanemaru 11. Kazumi Iida 12. Nautake Haga 13. Kenji Morita 14. Souji Mitobe

TONGA

Coach - Duane Mann

1. Franklin Fonua 2. Lesley Vainikolo 3. Paul Kulon 4. Cheaf Fakavamoenga 5. Peter Tanginoa 6. Kolanitisi Filiai 7. Tevta Tutfua 8. Malupo Liutai 9. Esau Mann 10. Sune Atoa 11. Takai Taulanga 12. Pauliasi Masoe 13. Willie Wolfgramm 14. Atunaisa Fotu

SOUTH AFRICA

Coach - Paul Matete

1. Tiann Strauss (c) 2. Andy Marinos 3. Kevin Schrader 4. Tim Fourie 5. Warren McCann 6. Andrew Ballot 7. Mark Johnson 8. Hannes Venter 9. Walter McGreachey 10. Michael Horak 11. Andre Erasmus 12. Justin Jennings 13. Cornelius Nel 14. Johnny Gernum

FRANCE

Coach - Ivan Greseque

1. Frederic Banquet 2. Pascal Bomati 3. Jerome Alonso 4. Hadji Boudebza 5. Ludovic Daure 6. Patrick Torreilles 7.David Despin 8. Arnaud Dulac 9. Bruno Vergis 10. Jerome Guisset 11. Pascal Jampy 12. Gael Tallec 13. Frederic Teixido 14. Eric Vergniol

UNITED STATES

Coach - Greg Gerard

1. Terry Wallace 2. David Niu (c) 3. Ryan McCough 4. Loren Broussard 5. Jeff Preston 6. Prince Hill 7. David Bowe 8. Laau Affumango 9. Robert Balachandran 10. Greg Schor 11. Fred Gruhler 12. Brian Geraghty 13. Marcus Maffei 14. Doug Erickson

AUSTRALIA

Coach - Tim Sheens

1. Ryan Girdler 2. Andrew Ettingshausen 3. Allan Langer (c) 4. Wendell Sailor 5. Steve Renouf 6. Gordon Tallis 7. Jason Croker 8. Brett Hetherington 9. David Furner 10. Paul Green 11. Steve Walters 12. Michael Hancock 13. Glen Lazarus 14. Kevin Walters

PAPAU NEW GUINEA

Coach - Gabriel Kiluwa

1. Ruben Ruing 2. Marcus Bai 3. John Okul 4. Robert Siu 5. Sam Wuvua 6. James Kops 7. Robert Mom 8. Robert Tela 9. Elias Paiyo 10. David Westley (c) 11. Raymond Kahi 12. Bruce Mamando 13. Simon Kundi 14. Jackery Kipsi

NEW ZEALAND

Coach - Graeme Norton

1. Stacey Jones 2. Marc Ellis 3. Stephen Kearney (c) 4. Joe Vagana 5. Shane Endacott 6. Richie Barnett 7. Ruben Wiki 8. Quentin Pongia 9. Robbie Paul 10. Tony Tatupu 11. Tony Iro 12. Tyran Smith 13. John Timu 14. Jason Williams. Henry Paul, Matthew Ridge, Sean Hoppe, Grant Young and Gene Ngamu all withdrew due to injuries.[9]

COOK ISLANDS

Coach - Paul McGreal

1. Patrick Kuru 2. Clive Arona 3. Zane Clark 4. Alex Kermonde 5. Bob Hunter 6. Meti Noovao 7. Tauel Shepherd 8. William Puaru 9. Kevin Iro 10. Craig Bowen 11. Ali Davys 12. Richard Piakura 13. Lloyd Matapo 14. Taimati Amosa

FIJI

Coach - Etuwate Waqa

1. Timogi Vatakuli 2. Matareti Mautau 3. Paula Baravilula 4. Inoke Ratudina 5. Joe Tamani 6. Kalaveti Naisoro 7. Ilatia Takaladau 8. Meli Kaidroka 9. Stan Tulevu 10. Samuela Marayawa 11. Luga Gonegali 12. Sakuisa Vulaono 13. Vula Dakuitoga 14. Saimoni Camaitoga

Finals[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner-up Trophy Plate Bowl Host Source
1996 New Zealand 24-10 Papua New Guinea Wales Fiji Cook Islands Suva, Fiji [2][3]
1997 New Zealand 16-0 Western Samoa Not awarded Fiji Tonga Townsville, Australia [10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual '96, , New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1996. p.48
  2. ^ a b c Super League World Nines 1996 Official Web Site Of Scotland Rugby League
  3. ^ a b International Rugby League Statistics Christopher's Rugby League Page
  4. ^ ARL forces Britons out of World Nines The Independent, 23 February 1996
  5. ^ Manly key to Ridge in the Super League nines Sunday Star-Times, 21 January 1996
  6. ^ a b c d Super League World Nines 1996 The Internet Vault via web.archive.org
  7. ^ 1996 Super League Nines from Fiji walesrl.co.uk, 25 February 1996
  8. ^ World Nines Tournament 1997 rugby-league-world.com
  9. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '97, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1997. p.39
  10. ^ World Nines Results rugby-league-world.com

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