2016 NRL Auckland Nines: Start time, draw and TV schedule

NRL-NinesThe 2016 NRL Auckland Nines – part of the NRL pre-season – will be played on February 6 and 7 at Auckland’s Eden Park, with $2.4 million in prizemoney on the line.


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

All teams will play three matches against other teams in their group. Matches span two 9-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.

The 16 teams are to be split into four groups, each playing three games in the group stage. From there, the top two teams from each group move on to the quarter-finals, where the winners 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.

» The Auckland Nines: Pool-by-pool preview (Part 1)
» The Auckland Nines: Pool-by-pool preview (Part 2)

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2016 Auckland Nines match schedule

Day 1

Time (AEDT) Match Pool
10:30 AM Roosters vs Rabbitohs Blue
10:55 AM Eels vs Storm Blue
11:20 AM Knights vs Cowboys Green
11:45 AM Panthers vs Tigers Green
12:20 PM Warriors vs Bulldogs Yellow
12:45 PM Sea Eagles vs Broncos Yellow
1:10 PM Dragons vs Raiders Red
1:35 PM Sharks vs Titans Red
2:25 PM Roosters vs Eels Blue
2:50 PM Rabbitohs vs Storm Blue
3:15 PM Knights vs Panthers Green
3:40 PM Cowboys vs Tigers Green
4:15 PM Warriors vs Sea Eagles Yellow
4:40 PM Bulldogs vs Broncos Yellow
5:05 PM Dragons vs Sharks Red
5:30 PM Raiders vs Titans Red

Day 2

Time (AEDT) Match Pool
8:35 AM Roosters vs Storm Blue
9:00 AM Rabbitohs vs Eels Blue
9:25 AM Knights vs Tigers Green
9:50 AM Cowboys vs Panthers Green
10:15 AM Bulldogs vs Sea Eagles Yellow
10:40 AM Warriors vs Broncos Yellow
11:05 AM Dragons vs Titans Red
11:30 AM Raiders vs Sharks Red
11:55 AM Quarter final 1
12:20 PM Quarter final 2
1:05 PM Quarter final 3
1:30 PM Quarter final 4
2:40 PM Semi final: Winner QF1 vs QF2
3:05 PM Sem final: Winner QF3 vs QF4
4:40 PM Grand final

Auckland Nines Articles

How can the NRL add value without more games?

How can the NRL add value without more games?

by , 27 Feb 2016

I didn’t realise just how congested the pre-season was until this season.

Statistically your side has bugger all chance in 2016

Statistically your side has bugger all chance in 2016

by , 11 Feb 2016

It’s hard to believe but the 2016 season is less than a month away. Soon we’ll be seeing footballers on TV doing what they’re meant to do: playing football.

The Auckland Nines must be rescheduled

The Auckland Nines must be rescheduled

by , 11 Feb 2016

The Auckland Nines has sparked debate again in 2016, with numerous first grade regulars sustaining injuries during this year’s tournament.

Green looks gold for Storm but Eels clinch first silverware of 2016

Green looks gold for Storm but Eels clinch first silverware of 2016

by , 10 Feb 2016

A number of rookies pressed the excitement accelerator in the weekend’s NRL Auckland Nines, but it was a seasoned professional who made me sit up and take notice as we hurtle towards the 2016 premiership kickoff.

“Traditionalist” Smith prefers All Stars to Nines

by , 10 Feb 2016

If given the choice, Cameron Smith says he would opt for the All Stars to take precedence over the NRL Auckland Nines in a reshuffled pre-season.

Manly count the cost of Nines

by , 7 Feb 2016

Manly coach Trent Barrett is counting the high cost of his side’s injury-plagued NRL Auckland Nines campaign.

HIGHLIGHTS: Eels take out NRL Auckland Nines

by , 7 Feb 2016

Parramatta have spoiled the Warriors’ party to take out the Auckland Nines but have put their champagne on ice as they focus on breaking their NRL top-eight drought.

Kiwis beat Jillaroos to win Nines title

by , 7 Feb 2016

New Zealand have scored a second successive women’s Nines series victory over Australia after claiming a 21-7 win in the decider on Sunday.

Buhrer out for six weeks

by , 7 Feb 2016

Jamie Buhrer has suffered yet another injury blow with the Manly utility set to miss the start of the NRL season with a broken jaw.

NRL Auckland Nines highlights: Eels triumphant in 2016 tournament

NRL Auckland Nines highlights: Eels triumphant in 2016 tournament

by , 7 Feb 2016 Popular article!

Tournament Results: The Parramatta Eels have claimed the 2016 Auckland Nines, with a crushing 18 point victory over the New Zealand Warriors in the final, at a packed Eden Park.

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