- York International 9s
York International 9s is an international
rugby league ninestournament taking place in York, England. It is held at Heworth ARLC's Elmpark Way ground on the north east side of the city. The 2007 tournament took place on Saturday 14 July.
The tournament was first held in 2002 as part of City of York Council's Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations. The competition was awarded a 5* rating from the
Rugby League European Federationand was the first nines event in Europe.
The 2007 event has been streamlined with all the competitions taking place on one day rather than two, and eight teams, rather than 12, competing in the Fairfax Cup. The new competition format has the eight teams split into two pools of four, with the top two from each group qualifying for the semi-finals. The bottom two in each group will compete in play-offs to determine finishing positions fifth to eighth.
Teams taking part
York City Knights, York Ironsides, Espagne Origine, Lyon-Villeurbanne-Rhone
Dewsbury Rams, The Army, FC Lézignan XIII, The Ambassadors
Archbishop Dolben Cup
Group 1: Police Sport UK, Beach Boys, York RUFC, Royal Navy
Featherstone Rovers, Royal Air Force, York Tigers, Broughton Rangers
Teams from England, France and in previous years from Russia compete for the Fairfax Cup, named after
Sir Thomas Fairfax. In recent years, this has recently begun to feature professional teams from the National Leagues.
First competed for in 2006, the Archbishop Dolben cup is competed for by "development teams" that are not considered strong enough to take part in the main Fairfax cup. Many of the teams represent the military services of the UK.
There is also a junior grade
Marston Moorcompetition for York and District schools. It is named after the English Civil War battle between Cavaliers and Roundheads. Preliminary rounds will take place on Wednesday June 14 at Heworth Rugby Club. The semi finals and final will then be part of the York International 9s Festival. From 2007, the competition will be expanded to include secondary schools.
Archbishop Dolben cup
* 2006 Police Sport UK
* 2007 Police Sport UK
Marston Moor cup
* 2002 Ralph Butterfield Primary School
* 2003 St. Oswalds Primary School
* 2004 Ralph Butterfield Primary School
* 2005 Wigginton Primary School
* 2006 Woodthorpe Primary School
* [http://www.york9s.ik.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.whatsonyork.com/EventDetails.cfm?EventDetailID=14269 York 9s on What's on in York]
* [http://www.breakawaytours.co.uk/402/York_Junior_Rugby_League_Festival.html York 9s on breakawaytours.co.uk]
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