THE JOY OF SIX: International Season Week One 2014

The Joy Of Six

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

US Tomahawks

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

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 […]