If you’re excited about the 2017 NRL season the Auckland Nines is the place to be as all sixteen teams and 288 of the league’s best players descend on Auckland’s Eden Park for ‘The Greatest Weekend’, and you can enjoy every minute of the action when watching live on a standard or HD TV, or streaming the event to a mobile or internet connected device with a Free trial.
2017 Auckland Nines Preview
It’s only February, but NRL fans will get world entertainment featuring their heroes with the fourth edition of the Auckland Nines, also known as the Auckland 9s, to be held once again at the best sports ground in New Zealand, Eden Park. Each of the 16 NRL teams, spread across four pools (Piha, Hanua, Rangitoto, Waiheke), will play three games, with eight qualifying for the finals, and from then it’s knockout until the last side is standing.
When: Saturday/Sunday February 4-5
Where: Eden Park, Auckland NZ
There were a total of six sides that remained undefeated after the first day of the Auckland Nines, with all three of Queensland’s teams, the Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Titans and North Queensland Cowboys, along with the Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels and Manly Sea Eagles also without a loss. Likewise, the Aussie Jillaroos put on a clinic against the New Zealand Ferns, winning 20-4 in the opener of their three game set, and will have a two more chances to secure the series on Sunday.
The N Queensland Cowboys have been the big firmers with experts to win the Auckland Nines with confirmation from last year that Johnathon Thurston will make his first appearance at the 9’s for the club. Any side that Thurston plays in should be respected and given he recently confirmed that 2017 will be his last year for Queensland and Australia, he and the Cowboys, who won the 2014 Auckland Nines, will want to start 2017 on the right note, and best of all you can stream the Auckland Nines live until the final whistle.
Auckland Nines LIVE TV Times
Sunday 5 Feb – Day 2 Fixtures (Fox Sports 2)
Women’s Game 3 – 3:50 pm NZ v Australia
Nines Final at 4:40 pm Panthers v Roosters
Auckland Nines TV Replays
Day 2: Mon 6 Feb at 9am – 12pm (Fox Sports 2)
Day 2: Mon 6 Feb at 7.30pm – 10.30pm (Fox Sports 2)
Auckland 9s Live Streaming and a Free TV Trial
While you won’t find the 2017 Auckland Nines on Free to Air TV, Fox Sports will provide exclusive Live coverage with no ad-breaks during play, along with the key match replays for those who want to enjoy the action once again.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Play’s Free live TV trial, which will telecast this exciting NRL event and other popular sports including the Sydney Sevens online*, as well as offering live Auckland Nines streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app within minutes of getting started.
Saturday 4 Feb – Day 1 Fixtures
Game 1 – 10:00 am Sharks v Titans
Game 2 – 10:25 am Panthers v Bulldogs
Game 3 – 10:50 am Dragons v Eels
Game 4 – 11:15 am Warriors v Sea Eagles
Game 5 – 11:50 am Knights v Tigers
Game 6 – 12:15 pm Broncos v Storm
Game 7 – 12:40 pm Cowboys v Roosters
Game 8 – 1:05 pm Raiders v Rabbitohs
Women’s – 1:30 pm NZ v Australia
Game 9 – 1:55 pm Sharks v Panthers
Game 10 – 2:20 pm Titans v Bulldogs
Game 11 – 2:45 pm Dragons v Sea Eagles
Game 12 – 3:10 pm Warriors v Eels
Game 13 – 3:45 pm Knights v Broncos
Game 14 – 4:10 pm Tigers v Storm
Game 15 – 4:35 pm Cowboys v Raiders
Game 16 – 5:00 pm Roosters v Rabbitohs
Auckland Nines Players to Watch
Nine players on the field with plenty of free space means there will be lots of room for Jarryd Hayne to show the Rugby League the advantages of a full pre season under the belt. He did great things late last year for the Titans despite no pre season under the belt, but now he has had that, and with aspirations to play for Australia and New South Wales, he will want to make a big statement at the launch of the 2017 NRL Season.
The player to perhaps keep an eye on in terms of the NRL Season is West Tigers halfback Luke Brooks. After a brilliant 2015, his 2016 was somewhat mixed, more on the negative side, largely due to his defensive efforts, with opposing teams picking out his smaller frame and thus making him an easy target for the big men to charge at him. It will be interesting to see what he does here with the Tigers, who have named a pretty weak side.