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The 2017 NRL Auckland Nines – part of the NRL pre-season – was won by the Sydney Roosters, defeating the Penrith Panthers in the final.
All 16 National Rugby League teams 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 play three matches against other teams in their group. As the name suggests, matches are played between two sides of nine players in nine-minute halves.
COMPETITION FORMAT, POOLS AND FIXTURES
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.
To catch the Auckland Nines action at home, Fox Sports and Sky Sports will be broadcasting the competition in Australia and New Zealand respectively.
|Cronulla Sharks||St George Illawarra Dragons||Newcacstle Knights||North Queensland Cowboys|
|Gold Coast Titans||Parramatta Eels||Wests Tigers||Sydney Roosters|
|Penrith Panthers||Manly Sea Eagles||Brisbane Broncos||Canberra Raiders|
|Canterbury Bulldogs||New Zealand Warriors||Melbourne Storm||South Sydney Rabbitohs|
Day 1 – Saturday February 4
|Time||Team 1||Team 2|
|Game 1||10:00 AM||Sharks||Titans|
|Game 2||10:25 AM||Panthers||Bulldogs|
|Game 3||10:50 AM||Dragons||Eels|
|Game 4||11:15 AM||Warriors||Sea Eagles|
|Game 5||11:50 AM||Knights||Tigers|
|Game 6||12:15 PM||Broncos||Storm|
|Game 7||12:40 PM||Cowboys||Roosters|
|Game 8||1:05 PM||Raiders||Rabbitohs|
|Women’s Game 1||1:30 PM||New Zealand||Australia|
|Game 9||1:55 PM||Sharks||Panthers|
|Game 10||2:20 PM||Titans||Bulldogs|
|Game 11||2:45 PM||Dragons||Sea Eagles|
|Game 12||3:10 PM||Warriors||Eels|
|Game 13||3:45 PM||Knights||Broncos|
|Game 14||4:10 PM||Tigers||Storm|
|Game 15||4:35 PM||Cowboys||Raiders|
|Game 16||5:00 PM||Roosters||Rabbitohs|
Day 2 – Sunday February 5
|Time||Team 1||Team 2|
|Game 17||8:35 AM||Sharks||Bulldogs|
|Game 18||9:00 AM||Titans||Panthers|
|Game 19||9:25 AM||Sea Eagles||Eels|
|Game 20||9:50 AM||Warriors||Dragons|
|Game 21||10:15 AM||Tigers||Broncos|
|Game 22||10:40 AM||Knights||Storm|
|Game 23||11:05 AM||Cowboys||Rabbitohs|
|Game 24||11:30 AM||Roosters||Raiders|
|Quarter-Final 1||11:55 AM||1st Waiheke||2nd Rangitoto|
|Quarter-Final 2||12:20 PM||2nd Waiheke||1st Rangitoto|
|Quarter-Final 3||1:05 PM||1st Hunua||2nd Piha|
|Quarter-Final 4||1:30 PM||2nd Hunua||1st Piha|
|Women’s Game 2||1:55 PM||New Zealand||Australia|
|Semi-Final 1||2:40 PM||Winner QF1||Winner QF2|
|Semi-Final 2||3:05 PM||Winner QF3||Winner QF4|
|Women’s Game 3||3:50 PM||New Zealand||Australia|
|Final||4:40 PM||Winner SF1||Winner SF2|