Salute to the Winners of the London9s 2019

The soaring temperatures at the 2019 London9s were only matched by the red hot action on the pitches!

Congratulations to the 2019 Champions:

The Sportsflick.com.au MENS OPEN: Africa Lions United (AUSTRALIA/AFRICA)

The Perform Supplements MENS SOCIAL: London Skolars (UK)

The ScrumBum WOMENS OPEN: ROOTS RUGBY FAMILY (USA)

A huge THANK YOU to all our teams, fans, volunteers, partners, and sponsors.

Also to East London Community Sports Association (Sports Hub E15) for supporting and hosting this event.

For 2020 we will be extending the format to accommodate more women’s teams and more overseas teams, along with a dedicated section for social/community based UK clubs.

If you or your team would like to be considered to represent your Nation at the London9s 2020, you can register your interest now, at www.london9s.uk/contact (date tbc later this month).

Meanwhile, you can catch the televised replays of all the live streamed games by clicking on the link below, to subscribe and access over 7 hours of footage from the day, via our partners at www.sportsflick.com.au

Action photos will be posted out on our Facebook page over the coming days.

Enjoy our GRM Sport produced ‘feature length’ video of the 2019 event:

Full Global Livestream Game Schedule released

In a first for Rugby League 9s, we will have a full 4 camera production showcasing the London9s to a Global audience. See the FULL London9s game schedule below…..

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Every team taking part will have at least one marquee game screened LIVE and in HD on the Sportsflick Global Livestream

The full game schedule is available to download: CLICK HERE

Many exciting match ups, and a number of key historic firsts for the 9-a-side game.

Overview of details:

  • The first 2 hours will be streamed for FREE on the London9s Facebook Page and also on the Sportsflick.com.au platform from 10.40 am GMT to 12.40 GMT on Sunday 25 August

  • So the opening 6 games of the London9s will be FREE access

  • The show opens with the ground breaking introduction of Lietuva (Lithuania) playing their first ever international game as they face London based hosts Newham Dockers ARLFC at 10.40am GMT

  • From 12.40 GMT ALL games will only be viewable on the www.sportsflick.com.au platform. This will access the remaining 34 pool games along with all 3 Finals, and much more.

  • This is only accessible if you have subscribed* (You can sign up now: only a $9.99 AUD set up and enjoy 3 Months FREE subscription- Cancel any time, NO tie-in Contracts, at www.sportsflick.com.au

Why join?

  • We have a professional 4 HD camera production covering the action along with TV gantries and multiple angles, all produced by our partners at CKM Red 288

  • A six person Commentary team covering over 7 hours of action for you

  • Expert insight and analysis on key players and game reviews

  • Replays and ON Demand access

  • Exclusive interviews in our Al Fresco ‘Green Room’ providing you with a front row seat on the virtual sofa!

Graham Oliphant, founder of the London9s, elaborated: “This is simply ground-breaking for amateur Rugby League 9s, in the scale and professionalism of the coverage”.

“We have a team of over 60 people working around the clock to deliver this event and it’s truly an international endeavour! We have an Australian based Sportsflick Livestream platform, CKM Red 288 Production crew flying over from Europe, and professional Medical, Security, Vendors and Cheerleaders all briefed and ready to go.”

“With an unprecedented number of overseas teams involved this year, and some really exciting match ups on the Livestream we are all passionate about creating a quality product that will be really entertaining to watch.”

I’m sure fans of Ruby League will want to support this and support the expansion of amateur Rugby League9s and to see your team, in action.”

There is still time to subscribe to the Livestream and to book your seat on the virtual sofa:

Only $9.99 AUD set up, then access 3 MONTHS FREE

Cancel at anytime- NO Contract tie-ins. Also allows On Demand access and replays.

www.sportsflick.com.au to sign up today!

RedFX partner with London9s as Event TRY sponsor

RedFX is an independent currency and payments consultancy with offices in the UK and France.

They will be sponsoring the 2019 London9s event as the official TRY sponsor.

Every time a TRY is scored you’ll see the RedFX logo appear on the Sportsflick Global Livestream.

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RedFX offer a personalised B2B service for foreign exchange and portfolio management, designed to help clients save money, and keep saving money.

Managing Director, Kevin Tullett shared his excitement for the partnership with the London9s event: “I played rugby league at University and I’m also a great advocate of innovation in sport, as with business. Seeing the London9s is to beamed around the world, in HD, is a unique opportunity for brand placement for RedFX to promote our services to a wider audience.”

Owner and founder of the London9s, Graham Oliphant, was quick to add: “With more Countries entering the London9s and a wider partnership with the RLWC2021 in development, ahead of the World Cup year, this is a great time for us to partner with a Global FX consultancy. We’ve been in talks with Kevin for a while now and have cultivated a strategic partnership that will see both parties grow substantially over the next two years.”

“What’s more, with soo many games of fast and furious 9s, there’s likely to be a LOT of tries scored! That’s a LOT of coverage for RedFX as a Company!”

if you own a business or would like to learn more about how RedFX can save you money on international currency transfers, click on this link:

www.redfx.co/london9s

To jump on board the Global Livestream to view all the action on Sun 25 Aug AND grab 3 months free subscription- hit the link for more information:

www.london9s.uk/livestream

(hurry, as the promotional offer ends on 20th Aug)

Perform Supplements Partner with London9s

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Perform Supplements will be joining the London9s this year as official sponsors of the Men’s Social Tournament.

They will also have some exciting promotional offers available for attendees at the London Rugby9s event on Sunday 25 August.

The British based Company was created by two strength and conditioning coaches who wanted to give back to the athlete. No Gimmicks. No fads. Just quality batch tested supplements underpinned by science.

Their products are:

  • Batch tested by Informed Sports for banned substances to provide a safer choice for athletes

  • 100% natural ingredients (no fillers, additives)

  • cheapest on market compared to competitors offering same product

Event Organiser, Graham Oliphant, explained the partnership: “ We love working with innovative and dynamic partners, and Perform Supplements are certainly that. They are passionate about their product and they have the professional background to deliver the authenticity behind it. Myself and the team are looking forward to working with them as we develop the London9s to a wider market.”

If you can’t wait until the 25th August, you can check out their great product range and follow them on social media, at:

www.performsupplements.co.uk

Facebook: Perform Supplements

Instagram: @performsupplements

ScrumBum Partner with London9s

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ScrumBum Ltd is an innovative UK based Company who make high performance kit that is specifically designed for women!

Dani Cranton, Director and Co-Founder of the Reading based Company, explained their vision: “For too long women rugby and rugby league players have had to buy ill fitting men’s kit. Not any more. Our designs are form fitting, so you can finally say ‘No’ to crotch bunching, excess material, rolled up waistbands, and shorts that end up under your armpits!”

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ScrumBum will be displaying their exciting new ranges of women’s shorts at the London9s, with discounted deals for on-the-day purchases. What’s more, they will also be the official sponsor of the Women’s Tournament.

Event organsier, Graham Oliphant, shared his thoughts on the new partnership: “I had a good chat with Dani and love the fact that she identified a gap in the market and was passionate enough to do something about it. It’s a pleasure to welcome ScrumBum on board and we look forward to working together to develop and grow this partnership.”

If you can’t wait to grab your ScrumBum shorts, you can check out their range at www.scrumbum.co.uk and order NOW in time for the 25th August! (Be sure to quote ‘London9s’ ).

Sportsflickglobal.com to LIVE STREAM London9s to global audience

**BREAKING NEWS**

London9s goes Global

If you can’t make it to London this August, don’t worry, you can still catch ALL the action, LIVE, and in HD, thanks to a bold new partnership.

Tournament organiser and Owner of parent company ‘Rugby Festival Events Ltd’, Graham Oliphant, shared his feelings on this historic opportunity:

“Through the London9s we stand by our commitment to raising the profile of ‘Rugby League 9s’ events by adopting and implanting professional practices and standards. This is part of our drive to develop a cohesive and connected Capital9s Circuit across the Northern Hemisphere, so young adults can enjoy sports tourism opportunities across major cities, and open up new markets for Rugby League 9s events”.

“A critical element in building out our infrastructure and marketing our content is to have an online streaming platform.”

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“This year, thanks to our partnership with Sportsflickglobal.com, our official broadcasting and online sports streaming partner and CKMRed288, our European production partners, I am delighted to announce that we are now able to bring you a professionally produced live stream of the whole event!”

“Together we share a common vision on how sports are being viewed through OTT platforms and see this as a huge opportunity for the proliferation of the expansion of international rugby league. All for the equivalent of the price of a pint!”

For more details on how this will work and how to join, please click https://www.london9s.uk/livestream

Serbia become the latest Nation to be represented at the LDN9s

Red Star Belgrade, the Balkan RL Champions, will fly the flag for their country.

The ground breaking Club, have fond memories of the LDN9s, as they recorded their first ever win on English soil at the 2018 Tournament.

Fans of Rugby League will also be aware that this expansionist Club created another historic milestone, earlier this year, when they competed in the first round of the Challenge Cup, as the newest team entry and first Balkan State to be represented in the annual Tournament. 

Ironically they were pitted against the oldest amateur RL Club, in Millom RLFC in Cumbria. The Wooly Backs warmed to them immediately as the Serbian Boys spent time to indulge in coaching clinics with the local community, and drew 100s of Serbian fans from across the UK who travelled to Cumbria to cheer their team.

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LDN9s promoter Graham Oliphant was quick to celebrate their inclusion in the LDN9s-  “It’s a pleasure to once again see the Rugby League arm of the Red Star dynasty expanding the footprint of Rugby League. And what a fitting story for the team who made history in the 1st round of the Challenge Cup, to be at Wembley, for the concluding Challenge Cup weekend, and at the LDN9s the next day, to bring their amazing journey full circle”. 

Red Star MD Colin Kleyweg, who himself will be travelling over form Australia to support the team at the London League Weekend in August, was keen to make clear this will not be just a tourist trip-  “We are thrilled to be seeing our Serbian heritage supporters again, and we are coming to London, the Capital, with the intention of winning the ‘Open Men’s' section, and returning to Belgrade with silverware.”

With the LDN9s 2019 being LIVE STREAMED, organisers anticipate over 30,000 viewers just from the Balkan States alone. The inclusion of teams from the USA and African nations show total projected viewing figures at 100,000 + over the course of the day.

More details on the event and securing your entry for the day can be found at www.london9s.uk

Broadcasting Partners Announced

“ Nines is no longer Rugby League’s best kept secret” declared event promoter Graham Oliphant.

In a major breakthrough, the London9s gets even bigger in 2019, with the announcement that the London9s are LIVE STREAMING the action from the tournament, with FREE introductory ACCESS, via their broadcasting partner CKM Red 288 and Sportsflickglobal.com

A professional production team with 4 cameras will cover the event, with exclusive content available via a small advance subscription to the online sports streaming platform. Fans will be able to view LIVE action, in HD, from anywhere in the world.

With an anticipated 50,000+ viewers over the course of the day, this offers a new dimension for Brand Placement to sponsors, as well as the opportunity to share the event with a Global audience.

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The London9s attracts amateur international teams with the debut of nations such as Lithuania, the return of community clubs from all over the UK, as well as teams from Africa, Europe and North America.

The London9s now also features as the culmination of the ‘London League Weekend’, preceded the day before, by The Challenge Cup Final.

Now thanks to this partnership with CKM Red 288, you will be able to see international and UK teams do battle from anywhere in the world. Full viewing details and access to the live stream will be made available nearer to the event.

LDN9s Partner With CoachHire.com

We are delighted to announce our latest Partnership with CoachHire.com, providing return coach hire for teams across the UK & Europe.

London 9s Rugby Festival Founder Graham Oliphant said “This is a great partnership to add to the growing portfolio of incredible partners for the 2019 event. CoachHire.com will be able to provide cost effective return coach hire for teams across the UK and the many teams joining us from Europe.”

CoachHire.com work with organisations and individuals across the Corporate and Leisure sectors to deliver high-quality services and exceed customers’ expectations.

They are Transport specialists with a proven record in delivering and managing transport for high-profile events, such as Bournemouth 7s, Glastonbury, Creamfields & Reading Festival.

CoachHire.com have supported over 60,000 group transport enquiries a year, helping individuals plan for and travel to family events, sports trips and festivals, working with over 500 Supply Partners across the UK and overseas. Their extensive network of depots ensures they can deliver great value for their customers even during periods of peak demand.

For more information & to enquire for quotes on group transport - Please visit - CoachHire.com and quote LDN9s - Or email - london9sfestival@coachhire.com

London 9s Partner With RLWC 2021

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We are delighted to announce a partnership between London 9s Rugby Festival and the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

John Dutton, CEO of RLWC2021 announced:

“It’s a pleasure to support the London9s (LDN9s): The largest Rugby9s festival in Europe. We look forward to supporting the organisers efforts to attract more overseas rugby league teams and fans to London.

London is critically important to RLWC2021 with the staging of a men’s World Cup semi-final at the Emirates, Arsenal and England’s group of the wheelchair tournament being held at the Copper Box Arena.

We look forward to working with the London9s with compelling offers to entice more rugby league teams and fans to come together and enjoy the experience of what will be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history.”

London9s Organiser, Graham Oliphant commented:

“This is a huge step forward in our strategy to develop the London9s and propagate a connected and cohesive Nines Circuit.

The 2019 LDN9s will see amateur teams from over 12 different nations, represented in this one day festival, and the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of rugby league activity in London. We are also creating a great platform for emerging nations to demonstrate their skills on an international stage, and in the process make themselves visible for sponsorship.

The award winning London9s recently partnered with the Carolina9s, thus creating avenues for teams and fans to travel from North America to take part. We will also be creating reciprocal opportunities for UK and European teams who enter the LDN9s. 

Moving forward, we are excited to be working with the RLWC2021 team to showcase London as the epicentre for attracting teams and fans to England in 2021. 

Discounted team entry for the LDN9s 2019 closes on the 1st May. More details at www.london9s.uk



LDN9s sponsorship with North Wales Origin RL

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North Wales Origin are delighted to announce London9s Rugby Festival as our main sponsors for 2019. 

London9s Festival is Europe’s biggest and best rugby 9s Festival! NWORL will be looking to work very closely with LDN9s to establish a strong and sustainable relationship in the coming years. 

Graham Oliphant - LDN9s founder commented “The opportunity to become main shirt sponsor for the North Wales Origin team for 2019 is an absolute pleasure and we look forward to hosting amateur rugby teams from Wales to join us at the London9s, this August.

The London9s is the largest Rugby9s Festival in Europe and we will have teams representing over 12 different Nations, playing over 100 games of Rugby, in one amazing day!

“It’s an honour to support North Wales and the growth of such a rich seam of rugby talent. Myself and the team from the LDN9s hope this will be the beginning of a longer term relationship where we can add value to the great development work being undertaken to underpin the growth of grassroots rugby in this passionate rugby region.”

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Come and support the boys on Sunday 25 August as they fly the flag!

More details and booking details can be found at www.london9s.uk

For more info on North Wales Origin RL - northwalesorigin.co.uk


London 9s & Carolina 9s Form Historic Partnership

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In what sporting history will judge as the beginning of a World Series Rugby League Nines circuit, rugby has won where politics faltered in a trade deal formed between the UK and US.

The largest Rugby Nines festival in Europe, the award-winning London Nines (LDN9s) on August 25, has formally agreed a partnership with the USA-based Carolina Nines (Carolina9s), to be staged on Memorial Weekend, May 24 to 27.

This creates a trans-Atlantic dimension to participant-focused Rugby Nines festivals and a revolutionary step toward establishing Nines as a global entity.

“There are now exciting opportunities for adult rugby players and fans to enjoy Nines rugby and music festivals in both North America and the UK,” said London Nines promoter Graham Oliphant.

“In addition to this pipeline, we would also invite other European-based independent Nines festivals to connect and enjoy reciprocal benefits from this growing umbrella Nines structure.”

The London Nines, run for the first time in 2018, will this year form a pillar in an innovative rugby league weekend in London with fans able to purchase a single ticket providing them with entry to Oliphant’s East London Rugby Club extravaganza, London Skolars’ popular Friday Night Lights promotion and the iconic Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

The Carolina Nines are in their first year. The venue will be Saluda Shoals Park in Irmo, South Carolina, with promoter Andy Lucas hellbent on as much diversity as possible. Men's and women's events will be complemented by college, high school, flag rugby, wheelchair and physical disability matches.

Oliphant and Lucas have shared resources in the hope that others will join them in creating a circuit where sponsorship, media, travel and community integration opportunities can be maximised as it has in many other international sports.

Detail:

1- The LDN9s will provide strategic assistance and logistical and marketing support for growing the Carolina9s

2- The winning men's and women's teams from the Carolina Nines will be traveling to London in August to represent the USA in the LDN9s  

3- Likewise teams from the LDN9s will be encouraged to attend the annual Carolinas festival, and represent their respective countries across the pond.

London 9s Renew Partnership with RLATG

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We are delighted to announce that we have renewed our partnership with Rugby League Around The Grounds.

RLATG is a Rugby League publication that encourages the growth and expansion of the sport. This made working with the London9s a very easy decision for us as this is a great opportunity for clubs from all over the world at Grassroots level to come to one of Europe's biggest cities in front of a huge crowd and show the great work being done by their respective clubs.

“RLATG are proud to announce the renewal of our partnership with the London 9s, Europe's largest Rugby 9s event. The London 9s returns again in 2019 with one weekend featuring 100 games, 36 teams across 6 pitches, 3 bars and 1 amazing party. We'll be supporting with the promotion of the event and bringing you exclusive content from some teams that will journey from the other side of the world to take part!” Says Matt Wright.

Check out their website - http://www.rugbyleaguearoundthegrounds.com

Delighted to announce the first teams for #LDN9s...

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We are delighted to announce the first teams for London 9s Rugby Festival 2019…

Mens

Newham Dockers RLFC

Edinburgh Eagles RLFC

Boston Buccaneers RLFC

MoBros

Bath Rugby League

Womens

MoSistas

We are so excited to have these teams ready to join us at London 9s Rugby Festival on Sunday 25th August 2019 at East London RFC as part of the huge London League Weekend.

To enter a team - please click here.

Get Set Therapy announced as London 9s Official Partner

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We are delighted to welcome back Get Set Therapy as an Official Partner of the London 9s Rugby Festival 2019.

Get Set Therapy specialise in Clinical Sports Therapy Sports therapists for events and teams.

Founder of the London 9s, Graham Oliphant says “Huge thanks to Zach Baggott and his team of experience Rugby Festival Physios, who will be returning again.”

For more info on Get Set Therapy, visit their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pg/GetSetTherapy

Fill Your Boots announced as "Official Partner" of London 9s

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We are delighted to announce that Fill Your Boots will be returning as an Official Partner of the London 9s Rugby Festival.

Fill Your Boots are The Grassroots Rugby Player Exchange helping Rugby clubs from all over the world and both codes, find those extra players in order to make Rugby matches happen using the power of social media.

Sean Phelan of Fill Your Boots says “I am delighted that Fill Your Boots will be once again an Official Partner of what was a fantastic event last year. I am looking forward to seeing how the event evolves and becomes even better.”

Founder of the London 9s Rugby Festival Graham Oliphant shares this “Fill Your Boots are ideally placed encompassing the rugby union grassroots clubs in a unique Rugby festival. The London 9s is a great platform for Fill Your Boots to showcase the speciality of its platform in bringing individual players together with the opportunity of joining teams.”

For more information on Fill Your Boots -

Visit the website - www.fybrugby.com

Facebook.com/fybrugby

Twitter.com/fyb_rugby

Grassroots Multi-Sport announced as “Official Media Partner” of London 9s

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We are delighted to announced that Grassroots Multi-Sport will be returning as “Official Media Partner” of the London 9s Rugby Festival.

Previously known as Grassroots Rugby Media, Grassroots Multi-Sport (GRM SPORT) is a multi-media online platform created to showcase grassroots sporting talent.

Founder Shawn Boatin says “LDN9s was the event of summer 2018! With Rugby League players travelling from as far a Australasia! The event was a huge success and provided me with an international platform to showcase my skills and capture breathtaking rugby moments! I am really pleased to be back for 2019! Nobody captures Rugby moments quite like GRM SPORT!”

London 9s Founder Graham Oliphant welcomes this announcement “Fantastic to have Grassroots Multi-Sport on board again as a solid partner with LDN9S 2019.

Shawn and GRMSport display the same entrepreneurial drive and passion for Rugby, which LDN9S embodies an ideal team up for the largest Rugby9s Festival in Europe!

For 2019 we have developed the LDN9S as part of a larger ‘London League Weekender’

So ‘grassroots’ teams and fans can enjoy a whole weekend of Rugby in London, capped off with the annual LDN9S.

The slick GRMSports produced hype videos say it all!”

Check out the launch video for London 9s 2019 created by Grassroots Multi-Sport…

Visit the Grassroots Multi-Sport website - grmsport.com