We’ve Got Issues: Transfer Period

Manly - Daly Cherry-Evans

By STEVE MASCORD PAUL Green knowns all too well about the pitfalls of trying to regulate the movement of players between clubs, “I got sacked at the Cowboys because they tried to say I was negotiating before June 30,” the current North Queensland coach tells League Week when we tell him we’re doing a story […]

NRL round two: WESTS TIGERS 42 GOLD COAST 12 at CBUS Super Stadium

Tedesco, James

By STEVE MASCORD WESTS Tigers coach Michael Potter feared fullback James Tedesco‘s potential-laden season  was over almost before it began. Fans of the joint venture – even those with sunburn at a sweltering CBUS Super Stadium – went pale when the 21-year-old play motionless after a first half collision during the 42-12 pizzling of Gold […]

Benji Marshall: Leaving The Blues Behind

Marshall, Benji

By STEVE MASCORD “I WAS shattered by that,” says Benji Marshall, staring back at me, unflinching. Since his return to rugby league last year, the iconic Kiwi magician has given a number of brutally honest, self-critical interviews. We know already that his ill-fated move to the Auckland Blues has changed Benji irrevocably – but it’s […]

NRL round two: BRISBANE 16 NORTH QUEENSLAND 12 at Suncorp Stadium

McCullough, Andrew

By STEVE MASCORD THERE were 42,303 people at Suncorp Stadium but few would have been more relieved at Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough’s winning try against North Queensland than Broncos prop Josh McGuire. Nearing a half century of tackles, McCullough celebrated the decision of Australia captain Cameron Smith not to take his jersey next year by […]

JOY OF SIX: round one 2015

The Joy Of Six

By STEVE MASCORD SEEING RED OVER MOSES WHAT if Dallas Donnelly pulled up outside an NRL ground in his time travelling Delorian and went inside for a gander? What would he make of a competition where you are sent to the sin bin for punching someone but stay on the field for a deadset coat-hanger? […]

Aaron Gray On The Good Side Of Souths’ Arizona Camp

Gray, Aaron

By STEVE MASCORD IF Aaron Gray becomes South Sydney’s next home-grown great, The Burrow and all bunnies fans will have a broken toe to thank for it. With his close friend Kirisome Auva’a suspended for nine months over an incident of domestic abuse, the 20-year-old will be battling the likes of Joel Reddy and Bryson […]

DISCORD 2009: Edition 6


By STEVE MASCORD A COUPLE of weeks ago, British league legend Mike Stephenson let a pretty staggering development seep out onto the world, in the middle of his weekly magazine column. Stevo wrote in Rugby League Express that he knew of two Leeds businessmen who wanted to enter a team in the NRL. Not a […]

Meet Joe Burgess

Burgess, Joe

By STEVE MASCORD RUGBY league often boasts that it can replace the stars it loses with a rookie of comparable talent, almost instantaneously. But this Saturday at Alianz Stadium, the maxim will be taken to its extreme when an 19-year-old Englishman called Burgess plays against the Sydney Roosters. Joe Burgess – no relation to rugby […]


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