FAR & WIDE: October 2014

Far & Wide

By STEVE MASCORD JACKSONVILLE Axemen owner Daryl “Spinner” Howland says a successful move to the NFL by Jarryd Hayne could be a massive boost for rugby league in the States. While there’s been plenty of hand-wringing within the game over the departure of a current co-Dally M holder, Howland says such an attitude is “crazy”. […]

FAR & WIDE: Number One 2015

Far & Wide

By STEVE MASCORD TOP flight rugby league is kicking off early, and in unusual surrounds, this Sunday when Leeds play the United States Pioneers at the University of Northern Florida in Jacksonville. The Rhinos have been to Florida for pre-season camps three times previously. On this occasion, they have brought in several players from their […]

World Cup: UNITED STATES 24 WALES 16 at Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

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AFTER securing a quarter-final tie against Australia, United States officials revealed that World Cup organisers had booked them on flights home before the pool stage of the tournament is even completed. The Tomahawks further enhanced their reputations a the biggest stories of the Cup by downing woeful Wales 24-16 at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground on Sunday; […]

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season Week One 2014

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SANDOW SIN BIN WHEN we went to Parramatta with claims Chris Sandow had played in an aboriginal knockout and been sent off for a shoulder charge followed by an elbow, Eels CEO Scott Seward told us: “He had permission to play. He passed a medical and the coach gave him his blessing. Chrissy has told […]

Rugby League’s American Civil War Ends; AMNRL Likely To Fold

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By STEVE MASCORD THE battle for control of rugby league in America is over, with the establishment AMNRL telling the International Federation it will not be applying for full membership status. The decision leaves the breakaway USARL as the only governing body for the the sport in the United States. The AMNRL did not run […]

World Cup: UNITED STATES 32 COOK ISLANDS 20 at Memorial Ground, Bristol

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By STEVE MASCORD AFTER 60 years of false dawns and half a decade of bitter civil war, American rugby league celebrated its finest hour in a midweek West Country rain squall at Bristol’s Memorial Ground. When Mike Dimitro’s American All Stars toured Australia in 1953, there were overtures for the United States to be invited […]

FAR & WIDE: Number 49

Far & Wide

By STEVE MASCORD FOR the first time, the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII will travel to Papua New Guinea post-season. The annual game will be played at Kopoko on October 12. A week later, the Kumuls hope to take on one of the teams taking part in the Four Nations – with England top of the […]

American Civil War Wages On

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By STEVE MASCORD YOU know how it was supposed to happen. The United States Tomahawks would shrug off criticism that they were just a bunch of Aussies who went to a bucks weekend in Vegas, capture the hearts of everyone at the World Cup, make the quarter-finals and with the glow of their success still […]

BONDI BEAT: March 2014

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By STEVE MASCORD THE issue of Sam Burgess’s departure from South Sydney has prompted much analysis and hand-wringing about his place in South Sydney, England, the NRL and rugby league in general. Why is he leaving, as appeared likely at the time of writing? How much will he be missed by these four institutions? What […]

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