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Rugby league nines
Highest governing body Rugby League International Federation
Nickname(s) Nines, Football, Footy, League, Rugby
Contact Full
Team members 15 (9 on field + 6 interchange)
Mixed gender Single
Categorization Outdoor
Equipment Football
Venue Rugby league playing field

Rugby league nines (or simply nines) is a version of rugby league played with 9 players on each side. The game is substantially the same as full rugby league. However, all kicks at goal must be made by drop-kicks. Games also normally last only 15 minutes (7.5 minutes each way).

Nines is usually used in festivals, as it allows for a tournament to be completed in a day or over a single weekend.

In addition, rugby league may also be played under seven-a-side rules, though this is less common than nines.



The laws of the game are the same as standard rugby league laws with the following exceptions.

  • Each team is allowed a squad of up to fifteen players, with no more than nine players on the field at any time. Unlimited substitutions are allowed from a named bench of four players.
  • The match lasts for 15 minutes, divided into two halves of 7 minutes 30 seconds. There is no half time interval but teams are allowed a maximum of 1 minute to change ends. Each half starts with a place kick.
  • Scrums consist of no more than 5 forwards, with a maximum 3 in the front row and 2 in the second row. When the ball is in the scrum no more than 4 players from each team shall act as backs. The ball must emerge from behind the feet of the second row.
  • Conversions after a successful try take the form of drop kicks. Players from the team that has conceded the score do not have to retire behind the try line but must not interfere with any conversion attempt.
  • When points have been scored the team against which points have been scored will restart the game with a tap restart from the centre of the half-way line.
  • When a team is awarded a penalty then play must proceed by way of a tap 10-metres in advance of where the infringement took place.
  • In the event of misconduct by a player the referee can suspend for 5 minutes. In the Carnegie Floodlit Nines, a major nines competition, this has been reduced to 2 minutes.[1]

Major nines festivals



The rest of Europe

See also


  1. ^ Super League (2009-08-04). "Officials look forward to Carnegie Floodlit 9s". Super League. Retrieved 2009-08-04.  


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