BONDI BEAT: May 2014

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By STEVE MASCORD LIKE your clubs in England, the NRL is considering ways to hold onto players and to recruit new stars, Bondi Beat‘s spies tell us that the issue was raised in Auckland before the NRL Nines. The CEO of the league, David Smith, suggested that if one club wanted to sign a rugby […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Four


By STEVE MASCORD SORRY but Discord doesn’t believe Warrington coach Tony Smith did anything wrong by helping Sydney Roosters prepare for the World Club Challenge. Wigan coach Shaun Wane has described it as “sad” that Warrington would help the Roosters tactically, including a video session and an opposed training session. “But I take it as […]

Nathan Brown Slams Wigan Props

Brown, Nathan

By STEVE MASCORD OUTSPOKEN Nathan Brown has issued a World Club Challenge warning to Sydney Roosters: Wigan’s props are cheap shot merchants. The St Helens boss and former St George Illawarra coach made the comment yesterday after his new signing, former Penrith half Luke Walsh, finished his first night as a Super League player in […]

The A-List: SEAN O’LOUGHLIN (Wigan & England)

O'Loughlin, Sean

By STEVE MASCORD SEAN O’Loughlin would probably like to say he remembers Wigan travelling to the old ANZ Stadium in 1994 and shocking Brisbane 20-14. For a start, his brother-in-law no doubt expects him to remember it. “He would have played in that, wouldn’t he? He would have just come on the scene at the […]

Charnley Learns Bare Facts Of Life In Oz

Charnley, Josh

By STEVE MASCORD ENGLAND winger Josh Charnley has not been to Australia before – but he has already endured an NRL-style scandal. Charnley, who holds the record for most tries in a season during British football’s summer era with 43, makes his second appearance back from a hernia operation in the World Club Challenge against Sydney […]

Another Englishman Called Burgess Becomes A Star

Burgess, Joe

By STEVE MASCORD RUGBY league often boasts that it can replace the stars it loses with a rookie of comparable talent, almost instantaneously. But this Saturday at Alianz Stadium, the maxim will be taken to its extreme when an 19-year-old Englishman called Burgess plays against the Sydney Roosters. Joe Burgess – no relation to rugby […]

Gelling Returns To Moore Park A Changed Man

Gelling, Anthony

By STEVE MASCORD WHETHER or not he plays, Anthony Gelling says just walking through the gates of Allianz Stadium this Saturday will be an act of catharsis. The 23-year-old Cook Islands international was dramatically sacked by Sydney Roosters in 2010 when he was found, along with team-mate Sam Brunton, to have defecated in a hotel […]

Wane: I Want NRL Job

Wane, Shaun

By STEVE MASCORD WIGAN coach Shaun Wane wants a head coaching position in the NRL and believes a win over Sydney Roosters this Saturday can help him get one. Wane was linked to the New Zealand Warriors last year before extending at DW Stadium and tells Rugby League Week he remains open to offers – […]

Wigan Giant: “We’re Not Thugs”

Flower, Wigan

By STEVE MASCORD WELSH giant Ben Flower has hit back at claims from Nathan Brown that he is leading a pack of Wigan cheap shot merchants into the World Club Challenge. St Helens coach Brown earlier this month slammed Flower for a late challenge on his new Penrith signing Luke Walsh, saying: ‘He got hit […]