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The Cabramatta Nines has been cut short due to a severe thunderstorm that swept over New Era Stadium.

There had been spectacular Rugby League on show before the premature ending with three rounds of football being played in the round-robin phase before a couple of quarter final playoffs.

Players had come from all corners of the world to participate in the event, but player welfare had to be considered.

“Because of safety aspects, security and player welfare – we’ve decided to abandon the rest of the day unfortunately,” said Rugby League International Federation Development Manager, Tas Baitieri.

“We’ve had a wet weather cell come through and a fair bit of lighting and thunder.”

The tournament will not be rescheduled.