It may have been started elsewhere, but here is some info (which we can add) with the NRL Auckland Nines : Background The Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines is a live 31 game two-day rugby league extravaganza: - 16 NRL teams with over 256 players will compete - Star players are contractually guaranteed - Teams will be made up of nine players across four pools of four - AU$2.25 million dollars in prize money; Winning team ($AUD370,000), runner-up ($AUD240,000), semi-finalists ($AUD165,000), quarter-finalists ($AUD130,000) and round robin losers ($AUD110,000). - Over 92,000 fans expected over two days. RULES ■ Two nine minute halves with a two minute half time ■ Nine players a side with six unlimited interchange players ■ Scrums will only form after a double knock on, with attacking teams to elect which side to feed ■ No video referee, with one on-field referee ■ Five minute golden try period in qualifying rounds, unlimited golden try in finals ■ A tap restart will take place after a 40/20 ■ 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. ■ Five points for a try scored in the bonus zone under the posts, with two point drop kick conversion ■ The scoring team will have a drop kick off to restart play ■ Five minute sin bins ■ Five tackles in a set _______________________________________________ POOLS Yellow: Raiders, Sea Eagles, Warriors, Cowboys Green: Broncos, Bulldogs, Eels, Roosters Blue: Sharks, Titans, Knights, Tigers Red: Storm, Panthers, Dragons, Rabbitohs COMPETITION FORMAT, POOLS AND FIXTURES All 16 teams are split up into four equal groups where they will each play one another in the group stage. From there, the top two teams from each group will move on to the quarterfinals, where the winners from those eight games will play in a knockout format through to the Grand Final. Schedule: http://www.theroar.com.au/rugby-league/nrl-auckland-nines-draw-and-tv-schedule/ Current betting (subject to change): NRL Auckland Nines 2014 (winner): New Zealand Warriors $5.50 Penrith Panthers $8.00 Newcastle Knights $8.00 Gold Coast Titans $8.50 Cronulla Sharks $11.00 Brisbane Broncos $13.00 South Sydney Rabbitohs $13.00 St George/Illa Dragons $13.00 Parramatta Eels $13.00 Wests Tigers $17.00 Manly Sea Eagles $17.00 North Queensland Cowboys $21.00 Melbourne Storm $23.00 Sydney Roosters $31.00 Canterbury Bulldogs $31.00 Canberra Raiders $34.00 [hr] So if using the betting as a guidance to say which two top teams finish in each pool then the Quarter Finals would be: For the Sunday - Local time take 2 hours off for Sydney time 1st Quarter-Final (1st Blue v 2nd Green) – 3.30pm Knights v’s Eels - say Knights win. 2nd Quarter-Final (1st Green v 2nd Blue) – 3.55pm Broncos v’s Titans - say Broncos win. 3rd Quarter-Final (1st Yellow v 2nd Red) – 4.20pm Warriors v’s Rabbitohs – say Warriors win. 4th Quarter-Final (1st Red v 2nd Yellow) – 4.45pm Panthers V’s Sea Eagles - say Sea Eagles win. Saying Manly finishes 2nd in their pool. 1st Semi-Final (Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2) – 5.45pm >> then the Semi Final would be Knights v’s Broncos. 2nd Semi-Final (Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4)– 6.10pm >. Then the Semi Final would be Warriors v’s Sea Eagles (you can met again in the Semi’s same teams from your Pool). Final – 7.30pm. All up in the air, but a way to see how it could pan out (or we would like it to go this way!). Broncos or Knights v's Sea Eagles final would be OK!