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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Corey Thompson’s Had A Bad Run In Grand Finals

Thompson, Corey

By STEVE MASCORD TRY-HUNGRY winger Corey Thompson has revealed how joining Canterbury cost him a grand final– and a missed plane denied him the chance to celebrate with his team-mates. Thompson has bagged 11 first grade touch downs since transferring from Brisbane Easts on a modest contract in the middle of last season. The Tigers […]

BONDI BEAT: January 2015

December 2014

By STEVE MASCORD ROB Peter to pay Paul. Give with the left hand and take with the right. Better the devil you know. Rugby league has always loved clichés and as the Australian authorities belatedly look at rationalising their fixture list and recognising the importance of international football, Bondi Beat is put in mind of […]


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