Australia-New Zealand double-header highlights Rugby League World Cup 9s draw


Club ticketed members will be able to purchase single day tickets from 10am Monday, two days before the general public release. Two day passes are already on sale.

NRL chief commercial officer Andrew Abdo stressed the significance of ensuring marquee double headers such as the trans-Tasman clashes to bring fans through the turnstiles.

“This tournament is all about entertainment – fans can see some of the best players involved in more than 12 hours of action-packed rugby league across the two days,” Abdo said.

“Having the traditional rivalries of Australia-New Zealand and Tonga-Samoa among other great clashes will be enthralling viewing during the pool stages.

“The rivalries, the men’s and women’s double headers, the colour of the competing fans, will give us wonderful entertainment over two days.

“There will be three hours of top-class rugby league on Friday, and nine on Saturday, which make our ticket prices incredibly attractive for the entertainment on offer.”

Australia have been drawn in Group A with New Zealand, PNG and USA.

Both Australian representatives will go head-to-head with New Zealand on day one of the Rugby League World Cup 9s.Credit:AAP

The top two teams from that pool will progress to Saturday night’s semi-finals, where they will face the nation which tops Groups B and C.

Group B consists of England, France, Lebanon and Wales while Group C will see Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Cook Islands go toe-to-toe.

In the women’s draw – which features Australia, New Zealand, England and PNG – the top two teams will progress to the final.

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