FAR & WIDE: #2 2017

By STEVE MASCORD FAR & WIDE’s favourite club, the Toronto Wolfpack, will make their full competitive debut this weekend in the Challenge Cup. We thought we’d be waiting until March 4 when they take their National League One bow against London Skolars at New River Stadium but now we don’t have to wait that long. […]

FAR & WIDE: #1 2017

By STEVE MASCORD WELCOME to the most exciting season for at least four years for any Far & Wide reader – a World Cup year! While there may be a little doom and gloom around the domestic campaigns in each hemisphere, if you’re a follower of the international scene you’ll probably have never been so […]

BONDI BEAT: December 2016

By STEVE MASCORD LETTNG Australian NRL players playing a role in determining the next 10 years of international matches might sound daft – but there could be method in the madness. The NRL itself will play a huge role, of course, in determining what is played – and where – between the 207 World Cup […]

White Line Fever column: Toronto Wolfpack

By STEVE MASCORD THE things that stuck out were the names. Young trialist Bomaly Costanby. Local NRL and Super League-savvy photographer Marvin Dangerfield. We’re not at Leichhardt Oval or the DW, Toto. When I first heard the Toronto Wolfpack were holding open trials (‘tryouts’ in the North American lexicon) across the continent, I was desperate […]

FAR & WIDE: Ireland, Czech Republic, Japan, Greece, Hungary, France, Malta

By STEVE MASCORD IN locations as diverse as Bray, Ireland, Prague, Czech Republic and Tokyo, Japan, our international season got underway at the weekend. In Bray, the Irish Wolfhounds were taking on Malta and the home side ran out 56-10 winners. It was only in the dying stages they ran away with the match, however […]

BONDI BEAT: October 2016

By STEVE MASCORD THE departure of Stephen Kearney as coach of our number one ranked nation, just weeks before the Four Nations, raises a host of intriguing questions. One must be the inescapable conclusion that coaching a tier one Test team is a post with decisively less prestige than heading up an NRL franchise. Wayne […]

FAR & WIDE: Wales, Czech Republic, Norway, Serbia, Spain

By STEVE MASCORD IN rugby league we like to do things at the last minute. It’s how we roll. But this has got to take the cake. Jamaica are to tour the UK, playing Ireland at Bray and Wales at Wakefield. When? IN TWO WEEKS! That’s right, an historic international tour has been announced three […]

FAR & WIDE: Europe, California, Women’s rugby league, Greece

By STEVE MASCORD EUROPEAN Countries are getting ready for the final stage of World Cup qualifiers, with the matches played in the coming weeks. Pool A includes Wales, Italy and Serbia while Pool B comprises Ireland, Spain and Russia. The top two in each group automatically qualifies for Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, […]

BONDI BEAT: September 2016

By STEVE MASCORD BECAUSE next year’s World Cup is in Australia, expect officials to pull out all the stops to have as many NRL stars sprinked across the teams as possible. The new CEO of the tournament, Andrew Hill, has been working on eligibility rules for years and walking a diplomatic tightrope in his dual […]