|Number of teams||16 Male|
|Current Champions|| Sydney Roosters|
Australia Jillaroos (2017)
|Most titles|| New Zealand Kiwi Ferns|
|Broadcast partner||Fox Sports (AU)|
Sky Sports (NZ)
The NRL Nines (known as the Downer NRL Nines due to sponsorship) is a rugby league nines competition held during the preseason in Perth. It was formerly held in Auckland, staged by Duco Events with the National Rugby League and played annually prior to the beginning of the NRL season proper from 2014 until 2017. The inaugural tournament was staged between 15 – 16 February 2014, with subsequent tournaments being played earlier in the year normally at the end of January. The NRL signed a five-year agreement for Auckland's Eden Park to host the tournament with the 2014 event being the first. This expired in 2018, and the 2020 nines will be held in Perth at HBF Park.
Two national women's teams compete in one section of the tournament and sixteen NRL club men's teams compete in the other. Each of the men's squad must include at least 12 of their top 25 players in their squad, and at least one marquee player. The winner of the men's tournament received AUD$500,000 with a total prize pool of AUD$2,250,000. In the first four editions, the competition has had eight different finalists and four different winners, though the 2016 title was later stripped from the Parramatta Eels for breaching the salary cap.
Since 2015 the Kiwiferns and the Jillaroos also competed in a three-game series, with the Kiwiferns winning the series 2-1. These games are played during the final stages of the men's tournament and allow the male players more of a break between their games while providing a broader tournament. Also in 2015, the pools were given traditional Maori names that were chosen by a public vote and were: Rangitoto, Waiheke, Piha and Hunua Ranges.
The women's teams will be NRL Women's Premiership sides instead of national teams.
Not much else has been released at this stage, with announcements to be made in the coming months (Nov 2019).
There are a number of rule variations that are implemented to ensure the games are faster and to ensure fewer delays and stoppages.
The major rule changes that differ from regular NRL games are:
|2014||North Queensland Cowboys||16 – 7||Brisbane Broncos|
|2015||South Sydney Rabbitohs||18 – 14
(After Extra Time)
|2016||Parramatta Eels *stripped ||22 – 4||New Zealand Warriors|
|2017||Sydney Roosters||10 – 8||Penrith Panthers|
Each year since the 2015 tournament, the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns and the Australia Jillaroos have played a three match series.
|Women's series results|
|2015||New Zealand Kiwi Ferns||2||1||0|
|2016||New Zealand Kiwi Ferns||2||1||0|