Round One: Champs & Chumps

Hill, Scott

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE Storm are the most successful round one team in the history of the NRL – and the reason is simple. Since the club was founded in 1998 – the same year the competition was rebranded – getting bashed for 80 minutes has been a relief compared to what the players endured […]



Fulltime: SOUTH SYDNEY 28 SYDNEY ROOSTERS 8 SOUTH Sydney overpowered their mortal enemies in a sizzling, incident-packed opening to the 2014 NRL season. Broadcaster Channel Nine reported the NRL launched an investigation while the match was still in progress into a tackle by Sydney Roosters’ Sonny Bill Williams and Aiden Guerra on Rabbitoh Ben Lowe, […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Nine


By STEVE MASCORD THE aspect of today’s NRL media conference about Cronulla which really stunned Discord was CEO David Smith’s admission that the League wouldn’t have the power to ban Shane Flanagan from Remondis Stadium, even if it wanted to. Now, on balance we’re not sure Flanagan deserves to be locked out of the stadium. […]

The A-List: MANU VATUVEI (Warriors & New Zealand)

Warriors - Manu vatuvei

By STEVE MASCORD MANU Vatuvei seems like a man who rugby league played a big role in creating. Raised on what the cliches always describe as the “rough streets of South Auckland”, the 27-year-old has been transformed on the field from a rookie described famously as a “clumbsy klutz” to a fearsome Test regular, and […]



By STEVE MASCORD EARL GREY OVER DANK NEWS EXILED footballer Sandor Earl was not best pleased to read on the Sun-Herald that controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank has a job with the women’s Indian Premier League Twenty20 Cricket Competition. “Unbelieveable – I can’t even play park footy. Flanno (suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan) can’t watch […]

From Les Chanticleer To Rooster

Casty, Remy

By STEVE MASCORD HE called it an “amazing day” – and Remy Casty reckons there are plenty more players in France who can scale the heights of the NRL if more is done to encourage them. The 29-year-old former Catalan prop will next week likely become only the fourth French-born player to turn out for […]

Curtis Set To Be A Northern Force

Rona, Curtis

By STEVE MASCORD NORTH Queensland rookie Curtis Rona has revealed how he always thought he would one day play at Eden Park – for the Western Force. Unheralded Rona scored two tries in the Cowboys’ 16-7 NRL Nines final win over Brisbane to secure the club’s first title at senior level. It’s been a long […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Pre-season

The Joy Of Six

NOT MUCH OF A CHALLENGE AT 24-4 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, plans for a six-team World Club Challenge next year were looking somewhat dodgy. South Sydney and Brisbane have already told English officials they are interested in being the second and third teams in the mini-tournament next February if neither of them win […]

Pre-season: CANTERBURY 20 MELBOURNE 10 at Suncorp Stadium

Mbye, Moses

By STEVE MASCORD COACH Des Hasler pleaded with reporters not to praise rookie Moses Mbye after the 20-year-old helped Canterbury for a scrappy victory over Melbourne. Hasler said the Bulldogs would go into the 2014 season in a much better position to how they started last year after Mbye starred in a 20-10 win at […]