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

US Tomahawks

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

South Sydney - Sam Burgess

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 […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Five

Discord

By STEVE MASCORD IT’s a popular sport among a certain section of rugby league fans in Australia to make fun of Super League, which kicks off on Friday night with Wigan playing Huddersfield. But consider this: Super League now has a naming rights sponsor, a new and ambitious competition structure and a television rights deal extending to […]

FAR & WIDE: Number 45

Far & Wide

By STEVE MASCORD THE AMNRL is preparing to announce its program for the year following confirmation there will again be two competitions in the United States. The AMNRL, which runs the Tomahawks national team, and rival USARL had been involved in peace talks for much of last year and a framework for a merger was […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Two

Discord

By STEVE MASCORD PEACE negotiations between rugby league’s warring bodies in the United States have collapsed, with one club posting a statement describing the AMNRL – which sent the popular USA Tomahawks to the World Cup – as “defunct”. An AMNRL source denied this but Discord has been told that a peace deal was agreed […]

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season Week Two

The Joy Of Six

BREAKTHROUGH FOR LEAGUE RUGBY league is set to belatedly achieve government recognition in South Africa as soon as this week – as direct result of the country’s ambitious bid to host the 2017 World Cup. SARL official Chris Botes tells Joy of Six: “Up until two days ago, rugby league was almost in the doldrums. […]

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season week one

The Joy Of Six

By STEVE MASCORD 1. WHAT IN THE WORLD? ACCORDING to the Rugby League International Federation constitution, the gates of all Tests are to be levied with the money going into central funds. The levy is supposed to apply, as a percentage, the same to Saturday’s Vanuatu-Niue game in Port Vila as April’s Australia-New Zealand match […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 40

Discord

By STEVE MASCORD BRIAN Smith has quit as the United States’ World Cup coach, continuing a troubled build-up for the Tomahawks which has included a backlash from local players over the squad selection. Smith tells Discord an unexpected family commitment will prevent him travelling to Europe this month. He’s the second coach, after the Warriors’ […]