BONDI BEAT: November 2015 – The differences in RL media between Australia and the UK

RLW Nov 2015

By STEVE MASCORD I’VE held off writing about this subject for years now because I feared offending colleagues: the different ways in which rugby league is covered in Australia and Britain. But this year’s Super League grand final presented a couple of extremely stark examples of the contrast and I just couldn’t let the opportunity […]

BONDI BEAT: October 2015 – Disneyland, Globalisation & Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne

By STEVE MASCORD ONE day, the Jarryd Hayne story will be held up as one of the great sagas of Pacific Immigration, a touchstone for all Melanesian people. Manoa Thompson, the father of the San Francisco 49ers recruit who you cannot escape hearing about every day (no matter how hard you try) in Australia, was […]

The NRL’s 12 Best Characters

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By STEVE MASCORD THERE are times these days when it seems “characters in rugby league” is a non sequitur. We remember Allan Langer checking out the race results on the big screen at the SFS, Dallas Donnelly eating a goldfish and Kerry Hemsley dressing up as a bushranger. Today? Meh. But for all the suggestions […]

139 Minutes Of NRL Without Throwing A Pass


By STEVE MASCORD IMAGINE playing 139 minutes of NRL and not throwing a single pass. We still like to think of passing the football as the key skill in our game. That’s what we do. We run up and down the field and we pass the football in such a way as to evade the […]

NRL round five 2014: PARRAMATTA 25 BRISBANE 18 at Suncorp Stadium


By STEVE MASCORD SIX hundred and thirteen days after their last away away, Parramatta were teased, prodded and eventually rewarded by football fate at Suncorp Stadium. Coach Brad Arthur was in the job for the first time when the Eels beat Parramatta at the same venue in July 2012. During an enthralling 80 minutes on […]

The A-List: JOSH HOFFMAN (Gold Coast, Indigenous All Stars & New Zealand)

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By STEVE MASCORD JOSH Hoffman is said to have greeted reporters for his first media opportunity this year by saying “haven’t seen you guys for a while”. The smiling 27-year-old Titans fullback was a favourite of reporters during his six years at the Broncos. The Mackay product was always co-operative and good for a quote […]

NRL round three 2014: SYDNEY ROOSTERS 30 BRISBANE 26 at Suncorp Stadium


By STEVE MASCORD MITCHELL Pearce and Boyd Cordner on Friday night did their bit to decimate Brisbane’s Friday night economy. With 1:45 left in the Broncos-Sydney Roosters epic at Suncorp Stadium, most of the 33,381 crowd was eying a bar on nearby Caxton Street and after that, destination unknown with the home side headed to […]

THE JOY OF SIX: NRL Round 17 2015

The Joy Of Six

THE BEAST IS COMING FOR YOU SO David Klemmer accidentally knocked out a NSW staffer who was holding a tackling bag? If he is on the field for a kick-off on Wednesday, Maroons players are best advised to stay out of his sight. The Beast Of Belmore has revealed he spots an opposition player from […]

We’ve Got Issues: Lifting Tackles

Dangerous Throw

By STEVE MASCORD WE’RE only going to mention Alex McKinnon’s name once in this story. His ordeal and brave recovery does not belong in the weekly banter that makes up rugby league’s news cycle. In the opinion of this writer, it’s thrown around too much. He’s best left out of it. But this story is […]


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