2016 NRL Auckland Nines Start Time, Draw and TV Schedule

NRL-NinesThe 2016 NRL Auckland Nines will form part of the NRL pre-season precede the 2016 NRL competition with a two-day tournament on February 6-7 Auckland’s Eden Park.

All 16 National Rugby League teams will compete in the competition spanning just two days, with at least 12 of each club’s top 25 salary capped players as well as one top five player from each of the club’s salary cap guaranteed to take part also—providing fans with two action-packed days of top-class rugby league.

All teams will play three matches against other teams in their group, with each match spanning two nine-minute halves, and will be televised live on Fox Sports and Sky Sports NZ.

Click here for the full list of squads from the Auckland Nines.

All 16 teams are split up into four equal groups where they will each play one another in the group stage. From there, the top two teams from each group will move on to the quarterfinals, where the winners from those eight games will play in a knockout format through to the Grand Final.


The entire Auckland Nines event will be broadcast on Fox Sports through Australia and Sky Sports in New Zealand. The broadcast of the event will begin mid morning Australian time, but we will update this page when

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Teams to watch

Group A: Eels
The Eels were the surprise packets of the Nines in 2014, with winger Semi Radradra proving unstoppable out wide to claim the top try scorer award. Along with the emerging talent the Eels have at their disposal, prop and captain Tim Mannah provides plenty of leadership, go-forward and experience up front. But it’s the slew of hard running, quick centres and backrowers that make the Eels dangerous. They might be without

Group B: Penrith Panthers
Many will see both the Cowboys and the South Sydney Rabbitohs as the danger teams in Group B but don’t rule out the Penrith Panthers from making an impact.  They had a great year in 2014 in the NRL, and were one game away from the grand final led by Jamie Soward. They get an injured Peter Wallace back in 2015, and he should line up in the Nines. Guys like Josh Mansour and James Roberts will be incredibly tough to stop in this format, and if they get going, they’ll make Penrith a side to fear indeed.

Group C: Bulldogs
The Bulldogs made a remarkable run at the back end of 2014, before being stopped in the grand final by a rampaging Rabbitohs side. With Brett Morris now joining club to play alongside brother Josh, the Bulldogs now possess great pace to go with their dangerous big men like James Graham and Frank Pritchard. It could go horribly wrong, or it could be great for the Bulldogs, just as it was in 2014.

Group D: New Zealand Warriors
The Warriors will obviously head into the tournament as one of the teams to beat given their home ground advantage but also for their ball-playing ability. The likes of Feleti and Simon Mannering give them a good mix of size and speed in the forwards, while their dynamic halfback in Shaun Johnson will be able to utilize his touch-football skills to full extent. Throw in some of the quickest wide men in the game and the Warriors are certainly the team to beat in 2015.

Auckland Nines Articles

SMITHY: Auckland event must be done to the Nines or not at all

SMITHY: Auckland event must be done to the Nines or not at all

by , 4 Feb 2015

How did you treat the Nines tournament? One of my mates was filthy because it was not shown on free-to-air, while a few others brushed it altogether.

Nines debacle maybe not be so bad: Broncos

by , 4 Feb 2015

Crashing out at the Auckland Nines may not be such a bad thing after all, stand-in Broncos skipper Andrew McCullough says.

Luke raises NRL Nines trophy for Bunnies

by , 2 Feb 2015 Video

Issac Luke has won his second top-level trophy since experiencing the anguish of missing South Sydney’s historic 2014 premiership triumph through suspension.

Raiders stun Warriors in Auckland

by , 1 Feb 2015

Never heard of Jack Ahearn? The Warriors sure wish they hadn’t.

How your team fared at the Nines

by , 1 Feb 2015

Auckland Nines results wrap up.

Auckland Nines preview part 4: Rangitoto (blue) group

Auckland Nines preview part 4: Rangitoto (blue) group

by , 31 Jan 2015

The teams in the Rangitoto group for this year’s Auckland Nines are the Parramatta Eels, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Newcastle Knights and St George Illawarra Dragons.

Auckland Nines preview part 3: Waiheke (green) group

Auckland Nines preview part 3: Waiheke (green) group

by , 30 Jan 2015

The teams in the Waiheke group for this year’s Auckland Nines are the Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers, North Queensland Cowboys and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Auckland Nines preview part 2: Piha (red) group

Auckland Nines preview part 2: Piha (red) group

by , 29 Jan 2015

The teams in the Piha group for this year’s Auckland Nines are the Sydney Roosters, Brisbane Broncos, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks.

The English Super League needs a Nines tournament

The English Super League needs a Nines tournament

by , 28 Jan 2015

With the second running of the Auckland Nines coming up in a few days time, I thought it would be good to re-visit the issue that I covered for a UK website in the wake of the inaugural Nines last year.

Comeback King in for South Sydney at Nines

by , 24 Jan 2015

Comebacks are nothing new to Matt King but South Sydney coach Michael Maguire sounded a tad sceptical about the ex-Test flyer’s latest return in the Rabbitohs’ Auckland Nines squad.

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