The Carnegie Floodlit 9s at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds on Wednesday August 25 will see the finest line-up of 9s Rugby talent since the World 9s in Australia in 1998.
The mouth-watering line-up includes eight Engage Super League teams: Castleford Tigers, Hull FC, Warrington Wolves, Bradford Bulls, St Helens, Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats alongside the winners of the Northern Rail 9s and international sides from Jamaica, Wales and Scotland.
Hull FC will defend the trophy they won so stylishly in 2009 and will face stiff competition from last year’s finalists, Leeds. High flying Warrington are becoming 9s specialists and will take their place as the All Golds Cup winners at the Spring Cheltenham Rugby Festival.
Lancashire giants St Helens and Wigan will make their debut in the event, as will Bradford Bulls and Castleford from the White Rose county. Wakefield will complete the Super League entries and will seek to build on their 9s progress made in recent years.
The international flavour of the tournament will continue with the ever-popular Jamaica team returning for the second time and European champions Wales under the tutelage of Iestyn Harris also making their bow. The sport continues to make great strides in Scotland and the profile will be further increased with their appearance in the Floodlit 9s.
The tradition of the Northern Rail 9s winners qualifying for the Leeds event will continue and their performance will be eagerly anticipated after Blackpool’s fine display last year.
Twelve sides in total, all vying for the £10,000 first prize, will be pooled into four groups of three, in the draw for the group stages.
Rugby 9s is becoming ever popular and this exciting brand of Rugby League received the full backing of the Engage Super League clubs at their recent meeting.
David Gent, the RFL’s Director of Participation and Strategic Partnerships, is delighted with the response of both the Engage Super League and Co-operative Championship clubs:
“The whole sport of Rugby League is enthusiastically backing 9s as the way to develop the game on a wider stage,” he said.
“We are sure this year’s Carnegie Floodlit 9s will again be a great spectacle for fans and players alike and we are fully supportive.”
Fans wishing to make advance purchase are being offered some fabulous savings on normal entry prices.
Turnstile prices have been set at £15 for adults and £5 for children and concessions for the summer evening spectacular.
A family of four [two adults and two children] can pre-purchase a ticket for just £20, a 50 per cent saving of £20. With the same offer a family of three [two Adults and one child] save £15 while two adults on their own would save £10.
Event director Neal Coupland said: “We want to encourage as many families as possible to come to the Carnegie Floodlit 9s.
“The pre-purchase offer is great value, in total Nines Night will see an increase to 15 games this year plus the sprint. Each team will be guaranteed 2 games, therefore supporters will see more of their favourite teams.”
Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box office at participating clubs from June 22.
The latest information about the Carnegie Floodlit 9s can be found on www.floodlit9s.com.