The NRL ditched the Auckland Nines due to low attendance and poor television ratings, but they, along with the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) have created a potentially much more exciting concept; the Rugby League World Cup Nines, with the inaugural edition to be held in Australia.
Twelve teams from five continents will battle it out in the fast and exciting format to decide who is the best in the world, and you won’t miss the available action when watching live at home or streaming matches online to a mobile device using the options listed in this World Cup 9’s broadcast guide.
2019 Rugby League World Cup Nines TV Preview
The format will see 12 teams split across three Groups. Group A consists of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the United States, with the top two sides progressing to the Semi Finals. Group B sees England, France, Lebanon and Wales, with the top team from the group progressing, as is the case with the winner of Group C, which has Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Cook Islands. These groupings include the top seven ranked teams currently in World Nines, and ten of the top eleven overall. The most noticeable absence is Scotland, the eighth ranked side in Rugby Nines. The competition will also see the Women play in the format in a separate tournament, with Australia, New Zealand, England and Papua New Guinea playing each other one each, with the top two teams meeting in the Final. The format of the game itself will see two nine-minute halves, with just the 2-minute half time break. Nine players each will be on the field with others on the sideline as interchange options to keep the action flowing, which is similar to the format of the popular World Rugby Sevens series. There will be a total of 21 matches involving the Men’s Nines, and 7 games across the Women’s Nines.
The team to beat will clearly be Australia, headlined by Kailyn Ponga, who will be fresh and ready to fire after missing the NRL Finals series with the Newcastle Knights. His style of play will really suit the World Cup Nines format. He is very light on his feet and has an electric side step, so with the wide-open spaces that the format offers, he’ll be a very dangerous prospect. Likewise Damien Cook, who has had another very good year for the Rabbitohs. The idea of fast play and free space will be music to the ears of the New South Wales hooker. As for World Cup 9’s opponents, the big dangers will be New Zealand. It is likely that star fullback Roger Tuivasa-Scheck will play and like Ponga, he has an unbelievable side step and can duck and weave with the best as we saw throughout the NRL season. The New Zealand Warrior was was clearly their top player, so he’ll be a dangerous prospect for rivals, but don’t look for a Rugby Nines World Cup free to air provider in Australia, as it will be exclusively available using the coverage options outlined below.
Watch or Stream the Rugby 9’s World Cup Live
You won’t find this Rugby League action on Free to Air TV, but Fox Sports Australia (Foxtel and Kayo) will provide exclusive Live coverage as the world’s top teams venture to Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium, including replays of the action you may have missed and the option to watch the Rugby 9s World Cup online with compatible internet connected devices.
If you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox Sports, you may wish to review the Kayo Sports 14 day trial offering which have no lock-in contract. With the Kayo trial you can stream the Nines World Cup live using eligible mobile devices and browsers, including select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new apps and platforms arriving soon. Kayo also offers Rugby on demand replays, so you can catch-up on the action you may have missed.
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Rugby Nines World Cup Live TV Schedule (Sydney time)
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Fixtures include the Rugby 9’s Women’s World Cup (W) which will see a total of seven matches.
|Friday 18 October||France v Lebanon||6.20pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 18 October||England v Papua New Guinea (W)||6.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 18 October||England v Wales||7.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 18 October||Tonga v Cook Islands||7.35pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 18 October||Samoa v Fiji||8.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 18 October||Australia v New Zealand (W)||8.35pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 18 October||Australia v New Zealand||9.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 18 October||Papua New Guinea v USA||9.25pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||New Zealand v Papua New Guinea (W)||11.30am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||France v Wales||11.55am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||England v Lebanon||12.20pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Samoa v Cook Islands||12.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Tonga v Fiji||1.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||New Zealand v Papua New Guinea||1.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Australia v USA||2.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Australia v England (W)||2.35pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Lebanon v Wales||3.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||England v France||3.25pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Fiji v Cook Islands||4.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Tonga v Samoa||4.25pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||New Zealand v USA||4.50pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Australia v Papua New Guinea||5.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Australia v Papua New Guinea (W)||5.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||New Zealand v England (W)||6.05pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Men’s Semi-Final (TBC v TBC)||6.55pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Men’s Semi-Final (TBC v TBC)||7.20pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Women’s Final||7.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 19 October||Men’s Final||9.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|