Nines rugby league will return in October with 12 national teams to contest the men's Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s Sydney 2019 and four to compete in the women's event.

Traditional league nations Australia, New Zealand and England are joined by emerging Pacific nations Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands in the men's tournament.

Papua New Guinea will join Australia, New Zealand and England in the field for the women's competition.

Downer World Cup Nines – Sydney

Where: Bankwest Stadium

When: October 18-19

Where you can watch it in Australia: Fox Sports

When teams are finalised: Squads will be announced close to the tournament date.

Entertainment: To be announced

Chance to meet the players: Selected players from all nations will meet with fans 

Ticket information: NRL Tickets