Fax to line up in Nines

Halifax will face Super League opposition in an expanded Nines competition next month with one round of matches to be played at the Shay on June 21.

Following on from the success of last season’s competition, which was played over one evening at Headingley, the decision has been made to make the competition a series of events staged across the country.

Eleven Engage Super League sides - Harlequins, Crusaders and Catalans have been excused - will compete against Fax, Widnes Vikings, Featherstone Rovers, a team from the British Police and a combined Cumbria side.

Each individual festival will involve four teams meaning that each team will play three matches on a competition evening with each game lasting 15 minutes.

“It is a prototype for a competition that could become a feature in future years,” said Fax chairman Michael Steele. “And we are delighted to be part of it. It will be two and a half hours of high speed rugby and offers the fans some mid summer variety.”

Fax will open their campaign at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on June 7 before visiting Odsal seven days later.

After the home games at the Shay they will travel to Castleford for the final round of group matches on June 28.

The Grand Final will be held on Tuesday July 5 at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds.

There are a number of rule variations from the 13-a-side game including the option for teams to run a ‘powerplay’ after scoring a try which gives them one opportunity to score an additional three point try from the 10-metre line instead of kicking the goal.

There are also no scrums in Rugby League Nines.

Fax Nines schedule

Tuesday, June 7 at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Featherstone Rovers, Leeds Rhinos

Tuesday, June 14 at Odsal: Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers

Tuesday, June 21 at the Shay: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Bradford Bulls, Hull FC

Tuesday, June 28 at the Probiz Coliseum: Castleford Tigers, Hull Kingston Rovers, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Former Hull KR and Widnes forward Ryan Tandy has been charged in Australia in relation to a match-fixing scandal.

Tandy, 29, who played for Ireland in the 2008 World Cup, was charged last month with four counts of lying to a NSW Crime Commission hearing into betting on North Queensland to score first from a penalty goal in the NRL round-24 match against Canterbury Bulldogs.

Tandy, who was playing for the Bulldogs, conceded a penalty in front of his posts in the opening minutes of the game.