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: 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: Papua New Guinea, Malta, World Cup, France, United States, Canada

By STEVE MASCORD CONGRATULATIONS to Lae Tigers, who took out Papua New Guinea’s Digicel Cup with a 14-8 win over Angmark Gurias at the weekend. The grand final was played in front of 15,000 rapturous fans at Sir John Guise Oval in Port Moresby at the weekend. On a much sadder note, a man has […]

FAR & WIDE: United States, Tonga, Fiji, Canada, Spain, Serbia, Ireland, Czech Republic

By STEVE MASCORD THE 2016 Ohana Cup at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium has been run and won, with organisers hailing the ever-expanding festival as a success. Samoa enjoyed a big 40-6 win over Tonga while Fiji beat newcomers Canada 26-12. That was a pretty good debut for the Wolverines, considering half their side was back in […]

FAR & WIDE: Greece, United States, World Cup,

By STEVE MASCORD IN the aftermath of our story last week about the chaos engulfing Greek rugby league, the country has been kicked out of the European Federation. The Greeks were earlier suspended for failing to meet fixture commitments and other irregularities. Now the RLEF has announced: “The RLEF Board has formally expelled the Hellenic […]

FAR & WIDE: World Cup, United States, Argentina, Chile, Brazil

By STEVE MASCORD WITH all the discussion about where World Cup games will be, there has been precious little by way of explanation for how the draw will actually work. The venues and dates were announced last Thursday and the big controversy was that Sydney only got two games because the NSW government refused to […]

BONDI BEAT: July 2016

By STEVE MASCORD I FEEL sorry for Andrew Johns. Unless you live under a rock or follow rugby union (give me a rock any day), you’ll be aware that there’s a match fixing ‘scandal’ taking place in Sydney right now. Two matches last year involving Manly are alleged to have been manipulated by players involved […]