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    All Stars spectacle could be killed off in overhaul of NRL pre-season




    CHIEF executives from all 16 NRL clubs will converge in Sydney on Monday to decide on a major overhaul of the 2014 pre-season, which could include the scrapping of the annual NRL and Indigenous All Stars concept and the introduction of a Super Nines tournament in New Zealand.

    This year's World Cup, which will feature the game's elite, is placing pressure on the All Stars match which will be played just over two months after the World Cup final on November 30.

    The serious concern for player burnout following the World Cup features heavily throughout a 14-page document sent to all 16 clubs, which The Sunday Telegraph has obtained ahead of Monday's CEO conference at League Central.

    The document explains how the NRL has agreed with the players association to undertake research into the possible impact of the World Cup on the 2014 pre-season "with a focus on the All Stars match".

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    has been told that the NRL will discuss three options surrounding the All Stars with all 16 CEO's Monday including:

    * Postponing the 2014 All Stars for one year;

    * Gaining a commitment to the All Stars from the game's best players, including Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith and Greg Inglis;

    * Sacrificing the credibility of the concept by keeping the All Stars concept, but without the game's best players involved.

    The CEO conference will almost certainly see all 16 clubs show a vote of confidence in the lucrative Nines tournament, which will see the winner pocket $2.2 million - more than what the NRL premiers receive.


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    Why not have a 9s All Stars match? Best player based on performance at the tournament picked from each club by the fans, makes up the All Stars team, and Indigenous just pick eligible players?

    Would be a great way to show of the 9s game and at least slightly challenge 7s rugby?


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    Nice idea Afro! It could be the opening match of the Nines. If they don't do that, I don't think it would hurt to miss the All Stars game for one season.

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    All Stars cancelled as Nines is born





    Greg Inglis in action for the Indigenous All Stars. Picture: Adam Head Source: CourierMail


    THE NRL is refusing to concede the annual NRL Indigenous All Stars clash is dead - despite the concept being sacrificed next season, just four years after its inception.

    All Stars coach Wayne Bennett has been asked to join the NRL at a press conference today to announce a major overhaul of next year's pre-season.

    It will see the inclusion of an inaugural NRL Nines event in Auckland which, despite its $2.2 million prizemoney, has been criticised by Penrith general manager Phil Gould.

    Rugby league's end-of-year World Cup, which concludes with the final on November 30, has led to the All Stars, which is usually held in the second week of February, being squeezed from next year's pre-season.

    More than 100 NRL players from Australia, New Zealand, England, Papua New Guinea, Italy, Tonga and the Cook Islands will play at the World Cup.

    An email obtained by The Daily Telegraph detailing the 2014 pre-season calendar and a subsequent phone hook-up of all 16 clubs yesterday confirmed the overhaul.

    The fear of forcing the game's elite, including World Cup certainties Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Sam Burgess, Kieran Foran and Shaun Johnson, into making themselves available for the All Stars just eight weeks after the World Cup was the main reason behind the NRL's decision to scrap the annual exhibition match.


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    Trust Phil Gould to have a moan about it, he's not the most supportive of the international game, or anything outside Australia's shores.

    If this rivals the Wellington rugby union sevens then it is going to become one rugby league's showpiece events, and just grow the game in a big way.

    I'm so pumped about this, just hope Bennett sends a decent team!

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    So are all the players that are involved in the world cup ineligable to play the 9's comp? because wouldnt the nines comp be more matches for them then a one off game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fj182 View Post
    So are all the players that are involved in the world cup ineligable to play the 9's comp? because wouldnt the nines comp be more matches for them then a one off game?
    This is what I've read. World cup players will be available.

    All 16 players selected in the Nine's squad must participate in a match during the tournament. At least 75 per cent of every Nine's squad (12 players) must be made up of players from the club's 'top 25 squad list' (based on the salary cap for 2014).

    At least one player from each club's top five list (based on the salary cap for 2014) must also be included in the Nine's squad.

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    So what do you guys reckon would be our 9s squad? I'm not really sure of the positions but i'd assume you'd just pick the best footwork & speed players?

    Backs: Boyd, McManus, Roberts, Uate

    Playmakers: Clydsdale, Mullen

    Forwards: Cuthbertson, Rochow
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    Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy to prevent Storm World Cup players from taking part in Nines


    • MELISSA WOODS
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    • AUGUST 08, 2013 5:15PM



    Craig Bellamy is worried the Nines will lead to player burnout. Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images


    MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy says the only way his World Cup players will take part in the NRL Nines is if his club is threatened with a big fine or being thrown out of the competition.

    Bellamy says his players' welfare comes first and he thinks the workload is already too much.The inaugural NRL Nines event will be held in the pre-season on Feb 15 in Auckland.

    "It just seems like we're creating more in each year," Bellamy said."It makes a really big workload for our elite players, who play Origin and play for Australia."At some stage we've got to look after the welfare of our elite players and I don't think that's happening at the moment."

    Kangaroos and Storm fullback Billy Slater said earlier in the week he couldn't see himself playing in the Nines, with the World Cup final scheduled for November 30.More than 100 NRL players will represent Australia, New Zealand, England, Papua New Guinea, Italy, Tonga and the Cook Islands at the World Cup.

    The Storm could have up to eight players involved including Australian stars Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk.

    Bellamy backed Slater, adamant none of his representative players would take part.

    "Unless we're going to get fined or thrown out of the comp or something there won't be any of our World Cup players playing in the Nines."



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    Queensland coach Mal Meninga's key role in new NRL Nines tournament





    Queensland Origin coach Mal Meninga. Picture: Darren England Source: The Courier-Mail


    MAROONS coach Mal Meninga has emerged as a key adviser in an NRL Nines tournament that will double as a marketing tool to ambush New Zealand's premier rugby talent.

    The NRL moved a step closer to launching its inaugural Nines showpiece in February after next season's Indigenous All Stars clash was yesterday postponed to help stars recover from this year's World Cup.

    The NRL Nines is slated for the weekend of February 15-16 in Auckland. And while it will be a money-spinner for NRL clubs, the two-day extravaganza at Eden Park will also be used as a vehicle to sell the code to the Kiwis' rugby fans.

    Tournament promoters, led by former Kiwi prop Dean Lonergan, formally flagged the prospect of the NRL luring local rugby stars by staging a Nines event in New Zealand.

    The country boasts an estimated 35,000 registered league participants, but organisers believe the event could convince Kiwi rugby players to defect to the NRL.

    Meninga, the master Queensland coach, has been a secret weapon. Organisers originally planned to stage a sevens tournament, but agreed to add an extra two players after consulting Meninga, who believed five forwards instead of three would give the Nines concept more authenticity.

    Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston yesterday expressed his disappointment at the temporary suspension of the All Stars clash, but he sees merit in the Nines tournament.


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    Johnathan Thurston warns NRL dumping All Stars permanently will cause player backlash




    JOHNATHAN Thurston has warned the NRL to expect a player backlash if the annual Indigenous All Stars game is sent to the scrapheap.


    The Indigenous All Stars clash will not be played next year because of November’s World Cup, with Australian representatives such as Thurston, Cameron Smith and Greg Inglis likely to have returned to training only three weeks before the concept game.

    The NRL said it had officially "rested" the annual fixture for 12 months, but its future could depend on whether February’s nines tournament, which is yet to be confirmed, is a hit.

    As the Indigenous All Stars captain and one of league’s greatest indigenous role-models, Thurston said players would be filthy to see the All Stars game die.

    "They’ll be a lot of blow-ups," he said."I know the players love playing in that game, and the game does more for the community than any other game throughout the year."If it’s not played the year after (then) I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of backlash from the players."

    The brainchild of former NRL player Preston Campbell, the Indigenous All Stars encounter has been played for the past four years and was a staple of the NRL pre-season.

    With 160 players taking part in the World Cup in England, and with the nines tournament expected to be confirmed soon, there was simply no room for next year’s All Stars match.

    While disappointed with the game’s suspension, Thurston said he appreciated the NRL’s reasons for its decision.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Hill View Post
    So what do you guys reckon would be our 9s squad? I'm not really sure of the positions but i'd assume you'd just pick the best footwork & speed players?

    Backs: Boyd, McManus, Roberts, Uate

    Playmakers: Clydsdale, Mullen

    Forwards: Cuthbertson, Rochow
    You'd have to have Gagai in there, best footwork in the team, and speed to burn. I reckon he'd carve up with a few less defenders on the field.

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    Meant to have him, forgot to write him, hence only 8 players I wrote down. Just imagine Gags & Aku together, they literally would carve up in the space they would get, Gagai with the footwork & Uate with pure power.

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    Rich NRL Nines tournament locked in as part of pre-season in Auckland for next five years


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    • SEPTEMBER 04, 2013 9:24AM

    AUCKLAND will host the NRL's Nines tournament for five years, beginning next February.

    The first tournament, featuring all 16 NRL clubs competing for a $2.25 million purse, will be held at Eden Park over two days in February 2014.

    It comes after an agreement with the NRL, promoters Duco Events and the Auckland Council-owned Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.

    It will be held for the first time from February 15-16.

    NRL clubs have guaranteed at least one top five player from each team's salary cap will play, alongside at least 12 of each club's top 25 salary-capped players, Duco Events' David Higgins said.He said that contrary to some media reports, there will be no exemption for players participating in the Rugby League World Cup at the end of 2013.

    "We have heard from a number of players who will almost certainly be at the World Cup who have told us that they definitely want to be a part of the first NRL Auckland Nines," he said.The 16 clubs will be split into four groups of four, with the top two teams from each group advancing.

    Games will be played over two nine-minute halves.

    "We are taking the world's greatest rugby league competition and condensing it into a fast-paced, high-impact shortened format over two days," Higgins said.

    The event was organised after the postponement of the pre-season NRL All Stars match to help players recover from this year's World Cup in England and Wales from October 26 to November 30.

    The NRL Nines is aiming to duplicate the success of the Wellington Sevens rugby event, which is held the previous weekend, with Higgins hopeful 96,000 people will turn up at Eden Park over the two days.


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    Auckland Nines money doesn't entice Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy




    MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy says the $2 million prize pie on offer will not be enough for his galaxy of stars to play in the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines.

    The NRL on Wednesday launched the preseason nine-a-side tournament with the rule that at least one top five player from every club's salary cap will play.

    Each of the 16 clubs have also pledged to play at least 12 of the club’s top 25 salary-capped players in the February competition.

    "Make no mistake, the 16 teams will be there to win," NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg boasted on Wednesday.

    Bellamy has made no secret of his fear the season is getting longer every year.

    The burnout factor is of concern to Storm with Origin representatives Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Ryan Hoffman all expected to play in this year's World Cup.

    "There’s a few rules and regulations here we have to abide by and I guess everyone has to abide by," Bellamy said

    "We will certainly do that, but I don't think you will see too many of our big guns playing in that.

    "They’ve had a big season and they're going to the World Cup where you'd imagine Australia will be playing the last game there."

    The overall winning side will pocket nearly $500,000 — more than what's on offer for winning the NRL grand final.

    Like the vast majority of clubs, Storm, which has a new ownership group, struggles to turn a profit.

    But Bellamy said it was his job to worry about the team and not the finances.


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