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SBD Global/September 5, 2013/Events and Attractions
National Rugby League Preseason Nines Competition Gets A$2M Rebirth
Published September 5, 2013
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AUCKLAND SHOWCASE: In Auckland, Steve Deane reported Auckland Mayor Len Brown announced that the "multimillion-dollar NRL Nines tournament will be a feature of the city's summer for at least the next five years." Brown: "Auckland has secured a five-year partnership with the NRL to host an annual Nines tournament. It's the first time the 16 clubs of the NRL have played in one place at the one time." While "a carnival atmosphere akin to Wellington's Sevens tournament is expected, the games will have a serious edge." NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg: "Make no mistake, the 16 teams will be there to win" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 9/4).
BIG MONEY: In Melbourne, Nick Smart reported Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy says the A$2M prize pie on offer "will not be enough for his galaxy of stars to play in the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines." Bellamy "has made no secret of his fear the season is getting longer every year." Bellamy: "There’s a few rules and regulations here we have to abide by and I guess everyone has to abide by. We will certainly do that, but I don't think you will see too many of our big guns playing in that" (HERALD SUN, 9/5).