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Rules for the NRL Auckland 9s

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With the 3rd game underway of the Rugby League 9s being played in Auckalnd at the moment I have noticed some major confusion amongst fans on social networks regarding the rules.

Obviously there are some major changes and additives to this weekends competition so I shall explain below.

Rule Changes:

• Introduction of the Bonus Zone – a five point try for tries scored in the in-goal area between the goal posts at each end. All tries scored outside the bonus zone will remain four pointers

• Introduction of ‘GoldenTry’ – where if teams are drawn at fulltime – in extra time the first team to score a try wins – with the ‘Golden try’

• Goal-kicks will not feature in the tournament with dropkicks taken in line from where the try was scored worth two points. Penalty dropkicks will be worth two points with a field goal in general play remaining at one point.

• Scrums will consist of five players from each team and will only be used in the event of a double knock-on or a mutual infringement.

• In the event of a successful 40/20 kick, play will recommence with a tap re-start to the kicking team 20 metres in from where the ball crossed the touch line.

• Matches will be re-started by the scoring team through a drop kick off

• Referees will have the power to send players to the sin-bin for five minutes for foul play.

Rules provided by NRL .com

NRL Auckland 9’s Tournament Guide

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GROUPS

BLUE
– Cronulla Sharks
– Newcastle Knights
– Wests Tigers
– Gold Coast Titans

GREEN
– Sydney Roosters
– Parramatta Eels
– Brisbane Broncos
– Canterbury Bulldogs

YELLOW
– New Zealand Warriors
– Canberra Raiders
– Manly Sea Eagles
– North Queensland Cowboys

RED
– Melbourne Storm
– Penrith Panthers
– South Sydney Rabbitohs
– St George / Illawarra Dragons

Day 1 – Saturday – February 15

1. Cronulla Sharks v Newcastle Knights – 12:35pm
2. Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans – 1:00pm
3. Sydney Roosters v Parramatta Eels – 1:25pm
4. Brisbane Broncos v Canterbury Bulldogs – 1:50pm
5. New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders – 2:25pm
6. Manly Sea Eagles v North Queensland Cowboys – 2:50pm
7. Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers – 3:15pm
8. South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George / Illawarra Dragons – 3:40pm
9. Cronulla Sharks v Wests Tigers – 4:20pm
10. Newcastle Knights v Gold Coast Titans – 4:45pm
11. Sydney Roosters v Brisbane Broncos – 5:10pm
12. Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs – 5:35pm
13. New Zealand Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles – 6:10pm
14. Canberra Raiders v North Queensland Cowboys – 6:35pm
15. Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs – 7:00pm
16. Penrith Panthers v St George / Illawarra Dragons – 7:25pm

Day 2 – Sunday – February 16

17. Cronulla Sharks v Gold Coast Titans – 12:00pm
18. Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers – 12:25pm
19. Sydney Roosters v Canterbury Bulldogs – 12:50pm
20. Parramatta Eels v Brisbane Broncos – 1:15pm
21. New Zealand Warriors v North Queensland Cowboys – 1:45pm
22. Canberra Raiders v Manly Sea Eagles – 2:10pm
23. Melbourne Storm v St George / Illawarra Dragons – 2:35pm
24. Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs – 3:00pm

The Finals

1st Quarter-Final – 3:30pm
1st Blue v 2nd Green

2nd Quarter-Final – 3:55pm
1st Green v 2nd Blue

3rd Quarter-Final – 4:20pm
1st Yellow v 2nd Red

4th Quarter-Final – 4:45pm
1st Red v 2nd Yellow

1st Semi-Final – 5:45pm
Winner of 1st QF v Winner of 2nd QF

2nd Semi-Final – 6:10pm
Winner of 3rd QF v Winner of 4th QF

Grand Final – 7:30pm
Winner of 1st SF v Winner of 2nd SF

Venue: Edan Park

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Winterstein Released by Bradford

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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English Super League Club the Bradford Bulls have released their Second Rower Frank Winterstein by mutual consent.

The 27-year-old Samoan International joined the Bulls from the Widnes Vikings on a one-year deal in October however, he was unable to accumulate any game time.

Winterstein returned home to Australia at the conclusion of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup to receive treatment on a pictorial injury sustained in the game with New Zealand.

Bradford has given their consent for him to remain in Australia following his recent wedding.

Bradford Coach, Francis Cummins said he is “disappointed to lose anyone but when I met Frank he talked about an opportunity to play Rugby Union in Australia,”. An opportunity that Cummins won’t stand in the way of.

Idris Becomes A Mountain Man

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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The Gold Coast Titans have released star player Jamal Idris from his remaining three-year deal effective immediately.

Idris’ released is based on compassionate reasonings with his desire to return to Sydney.

The former NSW Origin and Australian Test centre will now join the Penrith Panthers, closer to his family in the western suburbs.

Penrith have now had their hand forced to release a player to accommodate Idris’ wage and remain under the salary cap.

Penrith Centre Brad Tighe has been the player who will make way for the 23-year-old and will switch the other was by joining the Titans on a two-year deal which, is also effective immediately.

Idris has publicly stated “I’ve enjoyed my time here at the Titans and I’m grateful that the club has favourably considered my request for a release,”

“For personal reasons, I have decided it would be best to be closer to my family as my mum has been ill for the past year and it’s been difficult living interstate.”

2013 Rugby League World Cup Overview

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By Justin Davies ( @DragonPunk12 )

It might have snuck under the radar for those who aren’t ardent rugby league fans but there is a world cup on currently and you know what it has been quite fun. Both group A amd B have completed their first round fixtures.

While there has been the status quo with Australia and New Zealand starting off with victories but looking at these victories on surface value belies the effort of both England and Samoa who pushed both sides to their limits.

If you are looking for enjoyment in the world cup through the bigger nations you will be disappointed although there is tremendous skill from the likes of Thurston and Sonny Bill Williams – there is a sense of inevitability about watching Australia/England and New Zealand compete to see who between them will contest the final.

That is why during world cups the early rounds hold such charm and intrigue for fans because you get moments like Papua New Guinea getting within a penalty goal of France or Samoa bringing the Warrington crowd to their feet during the second half against the reigning champions.

Yes these sides are composed of NRL and ESL players who take advantage of the eligibility rules that are lackadaisical to be kind. I’ll leave discussing the madness and absurd nature of these rules for another article though.

These rules don’t take away the pride and honour these players have representing smaller nations – the whole Fijian side this morning was singing their national anthem with gusto alongside their hymn circle that followed before getting their campaign off to a win against Ireland.

Rugby league is often accused of being short-sighted with how they go about things like eligibility rules but the the organisers have got the format of the 2013 edition of the world cup right. They have struck that balance so can’t have that accusation thrown at them. Three teams will progress from both group A and B alongside the two winners of group C and D.

This format allows the lower seeds in group A and B to compete and not be disheartened by thrashings they may incur from Australia, England and New Zealand. Group C and D aren’t given a participation sticker rather get a chance to make the semi-finals.

2013 has been a year of turmoil for rugby league – both in Australia and abroad so the world cup will hopefully be a positive note to sign off on with some entertaining rugby league thrown into the mix.

Barba Becomes A Bronco

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Dally M Medalist, Ben Barba has officially signed with the Brisbane Broncos after being released by the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The 24-year-old sought an early release from his current contract with the Bulldogs to be closer to his family who are relocating to Brisbane.

With 2 years still remaining on his contract with the Blue and White, Barba was granted the release on compassionate grounds to be with his ex-partner and their two young children.

The Broncos were hoping to secure Barba on a four-year-deal but instead settled on a three-year-deal concluding at the end of the 2016 season.

It’s understood that the Broncos are to pay an undisclosed amount in compensation to the Bulldogs for the contract modifications with his existing contract.

It has been documented that a raise in payments for Barba to join Brisbane is non-existent, cancelling out speculation that the move was in fact financially driven.   

No playing restrictions have been added to the club transfer deal therefore Barba is free to play against his now former club if match fit.

 
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Rugby League World Cup Eligibility Poll Question.

With the likes of Benji Marshall defecting to Rugby Union in 2014 and no signed contract by Sonny Bill Williams for next season (examples only), we ask the following question: