Once a regular part of the NRL preseason, the NRL Nines tournament makes its return in 2020 in the form of the Perth Nines. The two-day tournament kicks off at 7:05pm (AEDT) on Friday, February 14, with the second day beginning at 1:20pm (AEDT) on Saturday, February 15.
Both days will be played at HBF Park in Perth.
All 16 sides will bring new-look squads to the tournament, with many former stars coming out of retirement to make one-off appearances for their clubs.
All four NRLW teams – Brisbane, New Zealand, St George Illawarra and Sydney – will be present too as they play a Nines tournament alongside the men.
Dates: Friday, February 14 to Saturday, February 15
Day 1 start time: 7:05pm (AEDT)
Day 2 start time: 1:20pm (AEDT)
Venue: HBF Park, Perth
TV: Fox League (502)
Online: Kayo Sports
NRL Nines is, as you can probably guess, played in two nine-minute halves by teams consisting of nine players each.
The tournament itself sees the 16 men’s teams split into four pools of four. Each team plays the other three teams in their pool once over the first two days. The top two teams in each pool then progress to quarter-finals, semi-finals and, ultimately, the final to be played on the second day.
The women will play a round-robin tournament at the same time, with the top two teams playing in the final later on the second day as well.
You’ll be able to watch the NRL Nines through Fox League (502). They’ll have pre-game coverage beginning at 6:30pm (AEDT) on Day 1, but you’ll need a valid Foxtel TV subscription to watch their feed.
If you’d rather live stream the NRL Nines instead, the best way to do so will be via Kayo Sports, which lets you stream every game of the NRL season – excluding the grand final – for $25 a month.
If you’ve already got a Foxtel subscription, just use the Foxtel GO app instead.