Chinandega Nines

Nines land in Central America for the first time on Sunday and worldwide supporters of the movement have donated the inaugural trophy.

Four teams will contest the Chinandega Nines at San Carlos Sports Fields – a historic moment for a version of rugby league which has already been enjoyed by almost 4000 participants this year.

Today, organisers unveiled the NovoSports Cup, donated by events company NovoSports and by members of the public who support

The spectacular gold trophy, topped with a silver angel, will be retained forever by the winning team as a memento of a historic event.

Competing teams are the Managua Diablos Rojos, Mercenarios, Monseraptors and BigOne.

Rugby league has only been played in the country of 6.5 million for two years, with four teams currently contesting the national 13-a-side championship, the Campeonato Superior de Rugby League.

Although Super League is yet to start and the NRL has played just a round and a half, Nines tournaments have already been held in Rarotonga, Nadi, Accra (Ghana), Simbu (Papua New Guinea), Bangalore, Christchurch, Agisa (PNG), Sao Lourenco (Brazil), Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.