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World Cup 9s 2019: All you need to know

Nines rugby league will take centre stage at Bankwest Stadium with 12 national teams to contest the men's Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s Sydney 2019 and four to compete in the women's event.

Wade Graham will captain Australia, who will be tournament favourites but the unpredictable nature of the Nines arena means they will face strong opposition on several fronts.

New Zealand and England have each named strong squads while the likes of Tonga, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa will be dangerous in the men's tournament.

PNG will join Australia, New Zealand and England in the field for the women's competition.

New rules at World Cup 9s

  • Nine players per side, nine minutes per half
  • Unlimited interchange
  • Five tackles per set, rather than six
  • Sin bins: three minutes rather than 10
  • Conversions are drop kicks, with a 25-second shot clock
  • 20/40 kicks introduced, as well as 40/20s
  • Five points, rather than four, awarded for a try scored in the Telstra Bonus Zone between the goal posts
  • Drawn matches decided by a golden try

Downer World Cup Nines – Sydney

Where: Bankwest Stadium

When: October 18-19

Where you can watch it:
 Fox Sports NRL Live Pass, Kayo
Fiji: Fiji BC and OVO
NZ: Sky NZ
Cook Islands: OVO
Tonga: OVO
France: OVO and WatchNRL
Lebanon: OVO and WatchNRL
Samoa: OVO
USA: OVO and WatchNRL

To stream live on OVO, download OVOPlay now from your app store or visit the website 

Ticket information: NRL Tickets

Stream every match of the World Cup 9s LIVE and on-demand on WatchNRL

WatchNRL will be providing continuous LIVE coverage of both days of the Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s. Stream every match LIVE or on-demand on your compatible phone, tablet or computer wherever you have internet connection outside Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands.  Of course, footy is best on the big screen so naturally, WatchNRL can be streamed through your TV using Chromecast or Airplay.

Powered by FOX SPORTS, WatchNRL is the official international streaming service of the NRL. It offers a range of subscription options to suit rugby league fans living or travelling overseas. Just want to watch the 9s? Then the weekly subscription option is best for you. Get WatchNRL now

Supporter collection information

9s Elite Experience purchasers

Your 9’s Elite Experience inclusions can be collected inside the venue at aisle 200 and aisle 229 located near your seats.

Premium Terrace purchasers

Your Premium Terrace inclusion can be collected inside the venue at aisle 200 and aisle 229 located near your seats.


You can collect your team flag prior to the game from inside the venue between aisles 106 - 103 and 126 – 123 closest to your seats


Five must-see matches at the World Cup 9s

For ticket and travel packages for the Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s Sydney 2019, head to

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.