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Wednesday, 25 August 2010 -- Warriors on the Money

Wigan Warriors beat Bradford Bulls 20-16 in the final of the Carnegie Floodlit 9s tonight, Wednesday 25 August, to win the competition at the first attempt and secure the record prize purse of £10,000.00. Centre Ian Thornley, who is switching codes at the end of the season to join Sale Sharks, was the match-winner in a 20-16 victory over a full-strength Bradford in the final.

Full-back Vinny Finigan had given the Bulls an early lead but winger Ryan King equalised for the newly-crowned Super League leaders and Thornley went over for two quickfire tries to put his side into a 16-6 interval lead. Winger Shaun Ainscough, who is expected to join Bradford next season, then sank his future employers with his fifth try of the tournament to make it 20-6 before the Bulls rallied.

Michael Platt and Jason Crooks both touched down in vain for Bradford, who had earlier needed extra time to beat Wakefield in the semi-finals. Paul Sykes converted a last-minute try from Heath L'Estrange to tie the scores and winger Rikki Sheriffe scored the winner in sudden-death extra time. Scotland and Wales lost both their group matches but Jamaica claimed the scalp of holders Hull before bowing out.

Elsewhere, St Helens' new signing, 18-year-old winger Dan Brotherton, scored tries in each of his side's group matches and Leeds centre Kallum Watkins marked his comeback from major knee surgery with a try in his side's defeat by Wakefield. Another player making his comeback from injury was England centre Chris Bridge, who was a tryscorer for semi-finalists Warrington after missing out on their Challenge Cup final squad.

The player of the tournament as selected by the media was Shaun Ainscough of Wigan Warriors. Leeds Rhinos winger Jamel Chisholm retained his title of Fastest Man in Rugby League in the sprint at Headingley with Omari Caro of Harlequins in second spot and Dan Brotherton of St Helens third. The inaugural Battle of the Cheerleaders Touch 9s trophy was won by the Wildcat Dolls of Wakefield.

The full results were as follows:

TimeResult
4.00Wigan Warriors 12 Jamaica 6
4.20Warrington Wolves 24 Halifax 0
4.40Castleford Tigers 28 Scotland 4
5.00Leeds Rhinos 28 Wales 10
5.20Jamaica 22 Hull FC 12
5.40Halifax 12 St Helens 18
6.20Scotland 4 Bradford Bulls 12
6.40Wales 8 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 14
7.00Wigan Warriors 16 Hull FC 14
7.20Warrington Wolves 22 St Helens 4
7.40Castleford Tigers 4 Bradford Bulls 20
8.00Leeds Rhinos 12 Wakefield Wildcats 18
8.30SEMI-FINAL - Wigan Warriors 16 Warrington Wolves 12
9.00SEMI-FINAL - Bradford Bulls 26 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 22 AET
9.30FINAL - Wigan Warriors 20 Bradford Bulls 16

For a formatted list of results including the final standings from the group games click here to go to our results page.

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Tuesday, 24 August 2010 -- Carnegie Floodlit 9s Preview

The Carnegie Floodlit 9s is poised to set The Headingley Carnegie Stadium alight tomorrow, Wednesday 25th August when twelve rugby league teams battle it out to become 2010 Champions. The event, which kicks off at 4.00pm, will also host Rugby Leagues Fastest Man Sprint Challenge and a Cheerleaders Tag Tournament.

The twelve sides taking part boast some of the most exciting talent in British rugby league, as well as an exciting Jamaican outfit and Welsh and Scottish International line ups. Current holders Hull FC will again defend their title, but will face stiff opposition from Wigan Warriors and Jamaica in their group. Chris Bridge has been named in the Warrington Wolves line up, after returning from injury and will give his side that extra bit of pace needed to succeed.

Leeds Rhinos, on home soil, include Kallum Watkins in their squad after the youngster recovered from a knee injury sustained against Huddersfield in March. The bookies have got Hull FC down as favourites, but Wakefield Wildcats and Bradford Bulls have named very strong squads, including many of their starting Super League players.

Rugby League's Fastest Man Sprint Challenge will also catch the headlines on the night. Leeds Rhinos’ Jamal Chisholm will defend his 2009 title, but will face tough opposition from Saints’ speedster Daniel Brotherton.

Turnstile prices have been set at £15 for Adults and £5 for Children under 16 and Concessions for the summer evening spectacular. A Family of 4 [2 adults and 2 Children] can pre-purchase a ticket for just £20 saving £20 or 50%. With the same offer a family of 3 [2 Adults and 1 child] save £15 while 2 adults on their own would save £10 or 25%. Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box office at participating clubs.

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Thursday, 19 August 2010 -- Match Officials Announced for The Carnegie Floodlit 9s

The referees and touch judges who will officiate at The Carnegie Floodlit 9s have been announced. The Officials, who all have Engage Super League or Co-Operative Championship experience, will be in charge of the event which takes place on Wednesday 25th August 2010 at The Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Stuart Cumming, RFL Match Officials Director said “Nines Rugby League is a fast and skilful version of the game. With the teams that are competing this year it is only fair to provide the best officials in the game for the tournament. It is also good for the match officials’ development as they have to make decisions quickly and accurately in a fast flowing and physically demanding game.”

Referees
Ben Thaler
Thierry Alibert
James Child
Robert Hicks

Touch Judges/In Goal Judges
Greg Dolan
Warren Turley
Jamie Leahy
Mark Craven
Bob Everitt
Peter Brooke
George Stokes
John Roberts

Turnstile prices have been set at £15 for Adults and £5 for Children under 16 and Concessions for the summer evening spectacular. A Family of 4 [2 adults and 2 Children] can pre-purchase a ticket for just £20 saving £20 or 50%. With the same offer a family of 3 [2 Adults and 1 child] save £15 while 2 adults on their own would save £10 or 25%. Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box office at participating clubs.

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Sunday, 15 August 2010 -- Carnegie Floodlit 9s Draw

The draw for the Carnegie Floodlit 9s has now taken place. For details of the groups and group match schedule click here to go to our Draw Details Page.

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Wednesday, 11 August 2010 -- Jamaica Squad Announced

Jamaica have announced their 13 man squad ahead of this years Carnegie Floodlit 9s Tournament. The squad will arrive on Monday, 16th August 2010 and plan to stay until after the Bank Holiday Weekend and attend the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on 28th August 2010. Their shirt sponsors, Virgin Atlantic, have provided their transport from Jamaica.

JamaicaThis will be Jamaica’s third 9s tournament, they have previously taken part in The Cheltenham Cup in April and in last years Carnegie Floodlit 9s. Jamaican Rugby League Development Officer, Romeo Monteith said "We are looking forward to the challenge of playing along-side elite teams from the Super League, Scotland and Wales. These tournaments greatly contribute to the development of the World's Greatest Game on our island. Headingley is a fantastic ground and all our players are keen to set the stadium alight with rocking reggae rugby, we encourage the fans to come out and cheer the boys on.”

JAMAICA squad for Carnegie Floodlit 9s;

 PlayerClub
1Andre ReidDuhaney Park Red Sharks
2Damon Gayle Duhaney Park Red Sharks
3Ryan Grant Duhaney Park Red Sharks
4Romaen CampbellDuhaney Park Red Sharks
5Tyronie Rowe Vauxhall Vultures
6Robert RodneyOlympic Angels
7Carlyle BugerVauxhall Vultures
8Omar JonesVauxhall Vultures
9Andrew FongVauxhall Vultures
10Jermaine PinnockDuhaney Park Red Sharks
11Ashley JohnsonBirmingham Bull Dogs
12Alex WilliamsSheffield Eagles
13Danny ThomasDudley Hill

Hull FC Head Coach Richard Agar and Leigh Centurions’ Robbie Paul will be studio guests for this years Carnegie Floodlit 9s Tournament. The Draw for the competition will take place live on James Deighton’s West Yorkshire Sport show on BBC Radio Leeds on 15th August 2010 at 5.30pm. “Having hosted draws this season for the Carnegie Challenge Cup, the Northern Rail Cup and the Northern Rail 9s, the Carnegie Floodlit 9s will complete a clean sweep of draws for BBC Radio Leeds and we're privileged to be doing it."

Turnstile prices have been set at £15 for Adults and £5 for Children under 16 and Concessions for the summer evening spectacular. A Family of 4 [2 adults and 2 Children] can pre-purchase a ticket for just £20 saving £20 or 50%. With the same offer a family of 3 [2 Adults and 1 child] save £15 while 2 adults on their own would save £10 or 25%. Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box office at participating clubs.

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Monday, 9 August 2010 -- Massey Joins Benn in Scotland Squad

Scotland Rugby League have named one full international and one uncapped player in their squad for the Carnegie Floodlit 9s tournament at Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Wednesday, 25 August. Stand-off Jamie Benn, a veteran of the Scotland scene, takes his place alongside a host of Scotland A internationals from all over Britain, and they are joined by Coventry Bears’ Australian-born forward Brad Massey, who is expected to make his Scotland A debut next Saturday, 13 August when Scotland take on Wales A in the Home Nations title decider at Currie RFC.

scotland fansScotland are making their debut in the prestigious Leeds competition, where they will line up against ten Super League clubs, including hosts Leeds Rhinos, holders Hull FC, Wigan Warriors and St Helens as well as Northern Rail 9s champions Halifax, plus Wales and Jamaica. The Bravehearts will be coached by full Scotland senior coach Steve McCormack, who will remain in charge for the Alitalia European Cup in October.

"This is a great opportunity for players to force their way into the full squad for the European Cup,” said McCormack. “We decided to use this tournament to have a look at the best players coming through the Student and A teams and give those lads exposure to what a professional set-up is like and a flavor of what they’ll experience if they make the full squad to play Wales, France and Ireland in the autumn.”

With most of Scotland’s top players still having Super League or Championship play-off matches to come after the tournament, McCormack opted against selecting any full-time professional players. The squad does include some exciting young talent in Easterhouse’s teenage winger Scott Wilson, who is also expected to be Scotland’s entry in the Carnegie Sprint Challenge – where he will race 100 metres against the fastest men in Super League – and four Edinburgh-based players: hooker Giles Lomax, second-rowers Craig Borthwick and Richard Knight, and loose forward Niall Parkinson.

Scotland will be based in Leeds from Tuesday 24 August for two days. Further interviews are available: please contact team manager Gavin Willacy on 07796 442041 or rlbravehearts@hotmail.com

SCOTLAND squad for Carnegie Floodlit 9s;

PlayerClubInternational Level
Dave ArnottLondon SkolarsScotland A
Crawford MatthewsGateshead ThunderScotland A
Scott WilsonEasterhouse PanthersScotland Residents
Mike BensonSouth London StormScotland A
Giles LomaxEdinburgh EaglesScotland A
Jamie BennCastleford PanthersScotland senior
Scott Clendenning-FentonCoventry BearsScotland A
Stuart FeeExeter UniversityScotland A
Craig BorthwickEdinburgh EaglesScotland A
Richard KnightEdinburgh EaglesScotland A
Niall ParkinsonNapier UniversityScotland A
Dave LintonSouthampton SpitfiresScotland A
Brad MasseyCoventry Bears 

Head coachSteve McCormack
Assistant coachDan Beardshaw
Assistant coachGus McNab
PhysioMick Heys
ManagerGavin Willacy

The Draw for the Carnegie Floodlit 9s will take place live on James Deighton’s West Yorkshire Sport show on BBC Radio Leeds on Sunday, 15th August 2010 at 5.30pm, special guests to be confirmed. "Having hosted draws this season for the Carnegie Challenge Cup, the Northern Rail Cup and the Northern Rail 9s the Carnegie Floodlit 9s will complete a clean sweep of draws for BBC Radio Leeds and we're privileged to be doing it."

Turnstile prices have been set at £15 for Adults and £5 for Children under 16 and Concessions for the summer evening spectacular. A Family of 4 [2 adults and 2 Children] can pre-purchase a ticket for just £20 saving £20 or 50%. With the same offer a family of 3 [2 Adults and 1 child] save £15 while 2 adults on their own would save £10 or 25%. Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box office at participating clubs.

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Saturday, 7 August 2010 -- More Details of Carnegie Floodlit 9s Draw

The Carnegie Floodlit 9s is proud to announce that Hull FC coach Richard Agar and Leigh Centurions’ Robbie Paul will be making the eagerly awaited draw for the tournament that takes place on Wednesday 25th August 2010, between 4.00pm and 10.00pm at The Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

The Draw for the Carnegie Floodlit 9s will take place live on James Deighton’s West Yorkshire Sport show on BBC Radio Leeds on Sunday, 15th August 2010 at 5.30pm. "Having hosted draws this season for the Carnegie Challenge Cup, the Northern Rail Cup and the Northern Rail 9s, the Carnegie Floodlit 9s will complete a clean sweep of draws for BBC Radio Leeds and we're privileged to be doing it."

The draw for the 'Battle of the Cheerleaders' tag rugby tournament will also take place at the same time.

Tickets can still be purchased for the event. Turnstile prices have been set at £15 for Adults and £5 for Children under 16 and Concessions for the summer evening spectacular. A Family of 4 [2 adults and 2 Children] can pre-purchase a ticket for just £20 saving £20 or 50%. With the same offer a family of 3 [2 Adults and 1 child] save £15 while 2 adults on their own would save £10 or 25%. Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box offices at participating clubs.

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Friday, 6 August 2010 -- Offiah Returns for Fastest Man

Television personality and Rugby League Legend Martin Offiah will once again present the trophy to the winner of the Rugby League’s Fastest Man competition at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Wednesday 25th August. Last year the Leeds Rhinos academy sensation Jamel Chisolm beat Warrington’s Kevin Penny by the narrowest of margins to win the £1000 first prize and commemorative trophy.

rugby league's fastest man10 of the game's speedsters went flat out for 96m along the Headingley turf in 2009 in a hair raising appetiser for the Carnegie Floodlit 9s Final. 2010 promises to be equally exciting and Offiah is looking forward to it already. "I can’t wait, last year unearthed a new talent in the game and that’s what's so appealing about this event. We all knew that Kevin Penny had electric speed but Jamel was just that bit quicker on the night. This year I have a sneaking suspicion we will see a new name on the trophy. Speed is a massive asset in Rugby League and it’s often underutilised."

The full line up for the event will be announced on Monday 23rd August but already many players have put their name forward for the challenge including Rob Worrincey [Halifax], Lucas Onjango [Oldham], Reece Lynne[Hull FC], and Omari Carro from Harlequins. "Reputations can be lost in an event like this, but it’s also a chance for a player to put their hand up and say I’m the fastest man in Rugby League."

The sprint challenge will see players dressed in full playing kit race 96m along the famous Headingley pitch without a ball. The winner will receive a cheque for £1000 and a specially commissioned trophy.

Turnstile prices for Nines Night have been set at £15 for Adults and £5 for Children under 16 and Concessions. A Family of 4 [2 adults and 2 Children] can pre-purchase a ticket for just £20 saving £20 or 50%. Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box offices at participating clubs.

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Wednesday, 4 August 2010 -- Nines Night Promo set for Premier Sports

Organisers of the Carnegie Floodlit 9s have today announced an exciting partnership with TV channel Premier Sports. The deal will see the Nines Night TV commercial being screened from 10.15pm on the 4th August until event day on 25th August. The ads will be shown during the channels extensive NRL coverage which now screens 4 games per week.

Commenting on the partnership Richard Webb, Premier Sports Marketing Director said, "Our NRL coverage in the UK has proved hugely popular with Rugby League fans. We are delighted to be able to bring viewers so many high quality matches and the excitement will only build as we move towards the final stages. We are working hard to showcase Rugby League to a UK-wide audience and our partnership with the Carnegie Floodlit 9s is further evidence of Premier Sports’ commitment to the sport. We wish them every success with this terrific event and look forward to working with them in the future."

The Nines Night commercial, specially commissioned by the event, features a girl getting ready to go to Headingley but her father has other ideas...

Tournament Director Neal Coupland added, "The ad is designed to draw awareness to the event. We recognise the strong family support for Rugby League and the intense loyalty that fans show to their teams. This was reflected in the campaign and in our ticket pricing strategy."

Nines Night represents tremendous value with an advance family ticket for 4 being available for £20. Turnstile prices have been set at £15 for Adults and £5 for Children under 16 and Concessions. A Family of 4 [2 adults and 2 Children] can pre-purchase a ticket for just £20 saving £20 or 50%. Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box offices at participating clubs.

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Thursday, 29 July 2010 -- Carnegie Floodlit 9s Draw Date Announced

The Draw for the Carnegie Floodlit 9s will take place live on James Deighton’s West Yorkshire Sport show on BBC Radio Leeds on Sunday, 15th August 2010 at 5.30pm, special guests to be confirmed. "Having hosted draws this season for the Carnegie Challenge Cup, the Northern Rail Cup and the Northern Rail 9s, the Carnegie Floodlit 9s will complete a clean sweep of draws for BBC Radio Leeds and we're privileged to be doing it."

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Battle of the Cheerleaders -- Tuesday, 27 July 2010

The Carnegie Floodlit 9s is set to host a cheerleader touch rugby competition which will see dancers from different clubs do battle to become touch rugby champions.

cheerleadersThe Wildcat Dolls from Wakefield Wildcats, Radio Aire dancers from Leeds Rhinos, The Claws from Castleford Tigers and the Warrington Wolves cheerleaders are all taking part in this unique event, which takes place on Wednesday 25th August 2010 at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. The squads will each play one game; fixture details to come, with the winners playing in the final, the other two teams will battle it out to finish third and fourth.

Kathryn Jones, women and girls development officer from Wakefield said, "It is great to see the girls involved and taking the competition so seriously. Girls from all the squads are keen to improve and are even undergoing training sessions in preparation for the event."

The Draw for the Carnegie Floodlit 9s will take place live on James Deighton’s show on BBC Radio Leeds on 15th August 2010 at 5.30pm, special guests to be confirmed.

Turnstile prices have been set at £15 for Adults and £5 for Children under 16 and Concessions for the summer evening spectacular. A family of 4 [2 adults and 2 Children] can pre-purchase a ticket for just £20 saving £20 or 50%. With the same offer a family of 3 [2 Adults and 1 child] save £15 while 2 adults on their own would save £10 or 25%. Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box offices at participating clubs.

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Calland sets sights on Carnegie Floodlit 9s -- Friday, 23 July 2010

After winning the Northern Rail 9s tournament at Fylde Rugby Club last weekend, Halifax have gained a place in the eagerly awaited Carnegie Floodlit 9s tournament on Wednesday 25th August at The Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Halifax head coach Matt Calland is looking forward to taking his side to Leeds and flying the flag for the Co-Operative Championship.

"Everybody at the club is really looking forward to it, we had a great day out in Blackpool (at the Northern Rail 9s), we thoroughly enjoyed the day, the atmosphere. So we are now all looking forward to testing ourselves at a higher level against other clubs. The players are all buzzing about it and they can’t wait for it. It will be a big challenge, it comes on the back of a trip to France for us; we play Toulouse in the last game of the season on the Saturday so it will be a quick turnaround but a great day out for the lads. We will be taking a full strength squad so we are really going for it."

The Halifax players and coaches are used to playing rugby league week in week out, but they have had to put in a few extra hours once they found out they were playing nine aside. "We had a bit of a training session, nine against nine, so we will probably do the same again before the Floodlit tournament. We are playing on the Saturday so we will just have a look at the rules and have a run through, playing with less men".

Matt is also looking forward to travelling to Headingley to play in one of the top rugby league grounds. "It’s a great place to go, I watched the Huddersfield game against Leeds and it’s been a long time since I’ve been, I couldn’t believe how much the stadium had developed and the atmosphere so it will be a great occasion for the players, the club and the fans".

Not only will Calland’s squad be able to test themselves against some of the best players in rugby league, they may also be able to strengthen their club's financial position with the winning side being awarded £10,000 prize money. "Obviously all the clubs are struggling at the moment and it would be a great boost for the club if we were to get the £10,000 but I’m sure the other clubs will have a lot to say about that too"!

Halifax will also have a player taking part in Rugby League’s Fastest Man, winger Rob Worrincy is Calland’s choice. "Rob is a realty good athlete, he’s quick and he’s strong and he’ll definitely be going all out to win it, and with the prize money being £1,000 he’ll definitely be up for that".

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Crompton eyeing 9s glory with Twenty20 vision -- Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Blackpool Panthers coach Martin Crompton is relishing the challenge as his side get ready to defend their Northern Rail 9s title on home turf at Fylde Rugby Club on Saturday July 17.

The Panthers won last season’s inaugural tournament with victory over Sheffield Eagles and Crompton has become a big fan of the reduced format of the game. "It’s an exciting, fast and free-flowing version of Rugby League", said Crompton. "I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience last year and took in most of the games when the Panthers weren’t in action. Maybe we have hit on Rugby League’s version of cricket’s Twenty20 or Rugby Union’s sevens? I think we should apply some thought to creating regular, structured competitions and I’m sure it would prove a big hit with the supporters. “From an entertainment point of view it really is second to none and the whole concept is a great success.”

Crompton admits he was slightly surprised to see his charges lift the 9s title in 2009. “We looked on it as a team-building exercise and I never seriously thought we could win it but the belief got stronger as the competition progressed and when we found ourselves in Sunday’s quarter-finals we realised that anything could happen,” he said. “It was a massive achievement and something we can be very proud of but, as holders, we are up there to get knocked down at this year’s event.”

The Panthers will face a testing round of pool matches against Halifax, Hunslet Hawks and Leigh Centurions and Crompton knows his players will have to be at their peak. “They don’t come tougher than this. Hunslet head the Co-operative Championship One table whilst Leigh and Halifax are two very accomplished Championship sides so we will have to be at our very best if we are to make progress,” he added.

The Panthers will be minus a number of key men from the 2009 event, including injured duo Jonny Leather and Paul Ballard. The top four sides from a composite league table comprising all 18 competing sides will progress to the semi-finals. The matches last nine minutes each way with the action set to kick off at 10.00am. The final is scheduled to be played at 6.30pm.

Tickets for the 2010 Northern Rail 9s are available from the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 8561113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk. Supporters purchasing tickets for the Northern Rail 9s will be given a promotional code to secure a discount for the Northern Rail Cup final at Bloomfield Road on Sunday July 18. For more details visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.

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Fastest Man Sprint to headline Carnegie Floodlit 9s -- Thursday, 24 June 2010

The sport of Rugby League has many world class athletes so all fans of the game will be delighted to know that the Fastest Man Sprint will again be centre stage at this year's Carnegie Floodlit 9s on Wednesday August 25 at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds. All those who witnessed last year's thrilling cavalcade of speedsters as they swept the length of the Headingley pitch will expect a similar treat in August.

rugby league's fastest manDespite the presence of Kevin Penny of Warrington Wolves and Peter Fox of Hull Kingston Rovers and England it was the Leeds Rhinos teenage prodigy Jamel Chisholm who took the honours and in so doing secured the special trophy and winner's prize money.

Event Director Neal Coupland said: "The aim is to find rugby league's fastest player and as 2009 illustrates it will not necessarily be a Super League or International star. Teams taking part in the 9s will no doubt again be holding internal sprints in order to identify their fastest player. The sprint on Nines Night is a thrilling spectacle and adds greatly to the occasion."

Event Co-director Lionel Hurst added: "The sprint concept is very topical as Rugby League in the Southern Hemisphere is also making plans to find its fastest player. No doubt at some point there will be a world challenge to decide the global outcome."

Meanwhile 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 under 16 and Concessions for the summer evening spectacular. A Family of 4 [2 adults and 2 Children] can pre-purchase a ticket for just £20 saving £20 or 50%. With the same offer a family of 3 [2 Adults and 1 child] save £15 while 2 adults on their own would save £10 or 25%. Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box office at participating clubs.

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Amazing Line-up Confirmed for Carnegie Floodlit 9s -- Friday, 18 June 2010

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 more popular and this exciting brand of Rugby League received the full backing of the 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 4 [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.

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Wales Target Early Success --- Thursday, 20 May 2010

Wales Rugby League have become the latest team to enter this year’s Carnegie Floodlit 9s at Headingley on Wednesday August 25th. Wales will be making their first official outing since being granted full International status by the RLIF in Melbourne earlier this month.

National Coach Iestyn Harris, who was a guest at the 2009 Floodlit 9s, said "the 9s will provide the squad and coaching staff with a great opportunity to get together ahead of this season’s European Championships. There will also be plenty of opportunity for players to show off their talents against some high quality opposition".

welsh playerThe reigning European Champions will be assisted by Clive Griffiths who last month led Wales Students to the final of the All Golds Cup at the Cheltenham Rugby Festival. The Students beat Featherstone Rovers and Oldham en route to the final and surprised everyone bar Griffiths; "there is a great seam of Rugby League talent in Wales and the performance at Cheltenham was further evidence. There’s £10,000 on offer for the winners at Headingley and that’s our target".

Wales Rugby League CEO Mark Rowley, now back in the principality after that RLIF meeting, was confident that the game in Wales had made landmark strides. "To be given full international status and an automatic place in the 2013 World Cup is fabulous news for the game in Wales. The growth at all levels has been testimony to all the hard work that has gone on both on and off the field. We are European Champions at Senior and U18 level, our students reached the World Cup Semi finals and I’m looking forward to seeing our 9s team in action at Headingley in August".

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Potter Looks for Triple Crown --- Thursday, 13 May 2010

St Helens Coach Mick Potter hopes to return to Australia at the end of this season having won a unique Triple Crown. Potter, who has the Engage Super League and Carnegie Challenge Cup firmly in his sights, has also entered a team into the Carnegie Floodlit 9s at Headingley on Wednesday 25th August.

St Helens"9s is very fast and exciting and takes a special kind of player to exploit the space available", commented Potter. "I think it’s a perfect fit for the type of expansive style that we have developed throughout the club at St Helens".

The Carnegie Floodlit 9s, now in its 3rd year, has attracted interest from across the game. The inclusion of St Helens adds one of the most famous names in the World of Rugby.

St Helens CEO Tony Colquitt was equally enthusiastic. "We have seen the 9s concept grow over the last few years. It offers teams a chance to show off their skills in a very different way and provides the sport with a wonderful tool to develop the game at home and abroad. We are delighted to be part of this prestigious event".

St Helens join holders Hull FC, All Golds Cup winners Warrington Wolves and last year’s runners up Leeds Rhinos as the teams so far announced in the 2010 event.

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Record Prize Fund for 9s --- Monday, 3 May 2010

The winners of this year’s Carnegie Floodlit 9s will walk away with a record purse for winning the competition. The winning squad will be presented with a cheque for £10,000 which represents a 100% increase on 2009. Event Director Neal Coupland revealed that the winner-takes-all philosophy was one that the players responded to.

‘It was evident from last year’s final that players love to win and the disappointment on the faces of those that missed out was there for all to see. We want to reward success and by increasing the prize fund we will further increase the intensity of the competition.’

Hull FC 2009Last week Warrington Wolves secured their place in the Carnegie Floodlit 9s, which will be held at Headingley on Wednesday August 25th, by winning the All Golds Cup at the Cheltenham Rugby Festival. A young Warrington side wowed the South West crowd with their speed and flare. Tournament Director Lionel Hurst was thrilled with the outcome ‘ Warrington were magnificent both on and off the field and made many friends in Cheltenham, they now have their sights on winning the Carnegie Floodlit 9s as the cup winning culture develops through the club’

Warrington will take their place alongside last year’s winners Hull FC, who will defend the title they won with a last minute try against Leeds Rhinos.

In addition the winner of the ‘Rugby League’s Fastest Man’ competition will receive £1000 bringing the total fund to £11,000.

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Carnegie Floodlit 9s, Previous Winners --- 1 January 2010

The 2010 Carnegie Floodlit 9s tournament takes place on Wed 25 August 2010.

Previous winners:
Hull FC, 2009
Huddersfield Giants, 2008

Check our archive page for all the details including scores and scorers.

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2009 - News Stories Archive (most recent first)


Hull eye up Nines Trophy win --- 25 August 2009

HULL FC will send a strong squad to the Floodlit Nines tournament at Headingley tomorrow with the intention of winning the trophy.

Hull reached last year's final with a squad made up of reserve team players, before losing to Huddersfield. With the roles reversed this year and the Giants involved in the Challenge Cup final and Hull enjoying a week off, FC will send a strong side to Headingley.

Read the full story here.

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JJB: Future's bright for 9s rugby --- 25 August 2009

Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan wants Super League's Magic Weekend to be replaced by a nine-a-side tournament, involving all the top-flight teams.

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JAMAICA RUGBY LEAGUE STARS HIT TOWN --- 21 August 2009

Arguably the most exciting - and eagerly anticipated - side to be taking part in next week's Carnegie 9s are Jamaica. Rugby League's 'reggae boys' have received a major boost in the run up to the extravaganza at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on 26th August, with news that four of their highest rated domestic players are jetting in, on sponsors Virgin Atlantic, to join the players who ply their trade in the UK.

Vauxhall Vultures' Brian Hutchinson, Edgar 'Shrek' Herbine of the Warriors, Angels’ Robert Rodney and speedster Roy Calvert from the Sharks are the ones jetting over.

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Offiah to crown rugby league's fastest man --- 21 August 2009

Former rugby league speed superstar Martin Offiah has been announced as the guest of honour for the 2009 Rugby League’s Fastest Man competition. Offiah will present the trophy to the winner of the sprint event, which is being staged at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, prior to the Carnegie Floodlit Nines final on Wednesday 26 August 2009.

Read the full story here.

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RED AND WHITE (K)NIGHT --- 10 August 2009

With his team perched in the lofty heights of the Super League, highly regarded and eloquent Hul Kingston Rovers coach Justin Morgan has the perfect vantage point to assess the state of the sport and especially the brand that has everyone enthralled - 9s and the fast approaching Carnegie Floodlit 9s. The "Great Night" being scheduled for Wednesday, 26 August 2009.

Read the full story here.

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de la Rivière backs Hull for Nines --- 6 August 2009

Rugby League World Editor, Richard de la Rivière has encouraged struggling Hull FC to emulate the Huddersfield Giants and use the Carnegie Floodlit 9s as the springboard for future success. The Black and Whites currently in 11th place in the Engage Super League have found themselves in a similar position to that of Huddersfield Giants in 2008. The Giants stormed to victory in the inaugural Floodlit 9s and haven’t looked back since with outstanding form in the League and Cup.

Read the full story here.

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Dolls Dressed to the Nines --- 6 August 2009

Dolls dressed to the NinesWakefield Trinity Wildcats popular dancers, the Wildcats Dolls are to perform at this year’s prestigious Carnegie Floodlit Nines tournament.

The Dolls will join forces with their Leeds Rhinos counterparts at the August event, to cheer on the 12 participating clubs and discover who will be crowned as rugby league’s fastest man.

Read the full story here.

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Cummings Comments --- 6 August 2009

Stuart Cummings, the RFL’s Match Officials Director, is a great advocate of the 9s brand of rugby league: "We were delighted to officiate at the inaugural Carnegie Floodlit 9s in 2008. The full panel of selected referees enjoyed the whole occasion".

The RFL's match officials department has been instrumental in the rise of 9s as Neal Coupland, Carnegie Floodlit 9s and Cheltenham 9s Director, points out; "The 9s circuit of events is developing apace. Without the guidance and support of Stuart and his colleagues we would not have achieved the current rate of success. At the end of each tournament in Leeds and Cheltenham we consult with the match officials to determine whether the rules need any refining or adjusting."

Read the full story here.

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Next stop Leeds for Northern Rail 9s winners --- 24 July 2009

Blackpool Panthers' stunning victory in the Northern Rail 9s final has earned them the final place in the prestigious Carnegie Floodlit Nines tournament.

Following their dramatic victory in the inaugural Blackpool competition, the Cooperative Championship 1 club will step out onto the famous Headingley Carnegie turf next month alongside 11 other clubs including five engage super league teams.

Read the full story here.

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Carnegie team up with Northern Rail --- 3 July 2009

On the eve of the Northern Rail Extravaganza, it has been announced that Northern Rail are to join forces with Carnegie for this year's Carnegie Floodlit 9s competition. Northern Rail will become the Carnegie Floodlit 9s official event partner in preparation for the event at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Wednesday, 26 August 2009.

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Watene Fund To Benefit From 9s Ticket Sales --- 15 June 2009

Wakefield Wildcats are delighted to be one of six engage Super League clubs taking part in the Carnegie Floodlit 9s at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Wednesday 26 August 2009.

The Wildcats are set to face Hull KR in the first knockout round of the competition which is set be even better than the successful 2008 Floodlit 9s which was won by Huddersfield Giants.

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Quest to find rugby league's fastest man --- 10 June 2009

A sprint challenge to find the fastest man in rugby league is to take place at this year’s Carnegie Floodlit Nines tournament.

The 'Rugby League's fastest man' competition will be held at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium showpiece floodlit nines event in August. Stars from the game including Scott Donald, Kevin Penny and James Ford will bid to be crowned the quickest player in rugby league. The challenge was devised by the Carnegie Nines organisers who have partnered with tournament sponsors Carnegie, Northern Rail and Totesport, to bring this exciting event to build on the burgeoning reputation of the Headingley floodlit event.

Read the full story here or here or here.

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Jamaica Rugby League Association Gets Red Hot Sponsorship From Virgin Atlantic --- 10 June 2009

The Board of the JRLA are pleased to announce major sponsorship by the airline Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Virgin Atlantic's sponsorship will make it possible for Jamaica to intergrate the best players in Jamaica with their overseas counterparts. Head Coach Dean Thomas says "Our performance in the world cup qualifiers is totally dependant on player integration, Virgin Atlantic's support is invaluable".

Read the full story here.

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The Year of the Nines - The Draw --- 21 April 2009

Former England number nine, Mick Morgan has made the draw for the 2009 Carnegie Floodlit Nines Tournament at a launch event at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Hosts Leeds Rhinos, have been paired against fellow engage Super League side Warrington Wolves, whilst Hull KR will line up against Wakefield Wildcats. Cumbria RL, Leeds Met Carnegie and invitational side Jamaica will play in a preliminary group stage for the right to face Hull FC. The Army RL, the Cheltenham nines winners and the winners of the Northern Rail nines competition will also battle it out for the right to play last year's tournament winners Huddersfield Giants.

Read the full story here.

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The Year of the Nines - The Launch --- 15 April 2009

2009 looks set to be the year of the nines as clubs await the draw for the Carnegie Floodlit Nines Tournament.Headingley Carnegie Stadium will once again stage the one-day tournament, which last year saw Huddersfield Giants crowned champions in front of a lively rugby league crowd.

Two famous number nines, James Lowes and Mick Morgan, will be making the draw at the launch event at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, where club representatives and players will be in attendance. Former Great Britain hooker Lowes, was part of the successful Bradford Bulls team of the late 1990’s where he won many trophies and was later named in Bradford's team of the century, and currently coaches Warrington Wolves. Mick Morgan was the 1982 Man of Steel and also gained 6 England caps in a career in which he also represented Wakefield, York, Castleford, Featherstone Rovers & Oldham.

Read the full story here.

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2008 - News Stories Archive (most recent first)


Rugby Union Superstar To Make League Switch --- 23 August 2008

FIJI UK and the Carnegie Floodlit Nines are delighted to announce that Fijian Rugby Union star Waisale Serevi, widely considered to be one of the greatest Rugby sevens players of all time, has agreed to play for Fiji UK in Rugby League’s newest tournament - the Carnegie Floodlit Nines taking place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Wednesday, 27 August 2008.

Read the full story here.

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Carnegie Nines Promises Entertainment Spectacular --- 20 August 2008

WEDNESDAY 27 August promises to be a memorable evening at the inaugural Carnegie Floodlit Nines and that's even before a tackle is made!

The event, targeting a family audience, is providing a wonderful array of off the field entertainment to compliment the stars on it.

Read the full story here.

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Carnegie Nines Draw Announcement --- 8 August 2008

THE draw for the Carnegie Floodlit Nines tournament took place on Thursday evening. Engage Super League match official Richard Silverwood and Match Official Coach Ray Tennant drew out the nine teams in the competition.

Read the full story here.

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