The Eight Most Intriguing Players In The NRL

By STEVE MASCORD WE are constantly told that rugby league players have become vanilla, clichéd, boring. Either that, or that they are uneducated hoodlums. The idea that they can be engaging, interesting, intriguing people is something that rarely enters the public imagination. There could be a number of reasons for this. Current NRL media guidelines […]

Benji Marshall: Leaving The Blues Behind

By STEVE MASCORD “I WAS shattered by that,” says Benji Marshall, staring back at me, unflinching. Since his return to rugby league last year, the iconic Kiwi magician has given a number of brutally honest, self-critical interviews. We know already that his ill-fated move to the Auckland Blues has changed Benji irrevocably – but it’s […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Finals Week Two

By STEVE MASCORD WAYNES WORLD VIII? ASKED on Saturday night why his Newcastle side was coming good in the finals, coach Wayne Bennett replied: “It’s spring”. Then quizzed if that was the reason just for him, he replied: “For all of us, that’s the time you want it to happen”. On the eve of the […]


By STEVE MASCORD THE outrage fans feel when a departing player poses in the jersey of another team really goes to the heart of what it is to support a club – and all the illogical, contradictory emotions that entails. Personally, I don’t care if Benji Marshall poses in an Auckland Blues jersey or Anthony […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 22

By STEVE MASCORD 1. ‘FIXTURE’ IN NAME ONLY? THE NRL is adamant it won’t be forced to back down over another potential fixture clash with the AFL a week after revising their draw because ANZ Stadium was double-booked. On September 6, South Sydney are due to host Sydney Roosters at Homebush in a game that […]

THE WRAP: Round 20

By STEVE MASCORD MICHAEL Potter wants Wests Tigers’ halves to play more like Manly pairing Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry Evans. Potter made the stark comment last night in the wake of a 36-18 loss to the Sea Eagles that ended any mathematical hope the joint venture had of making the finals. The round 20 […]

BONDI BEAT: July 2013

By STEVE MASCORD NEXT year’s World Club Challenge in Perth? Someone should hurry up and tell Perth about it. Normally reliable Bondi Beat sources have informed us the most isolated city in the world outside of Siberia is just about nailed on for the first WCC in Australia since 1994. But John Sackson, the CEO […]

Farah Says Marshall Going Nowhere; Manager Not So Sure

By STEVE MASCORD AS Melbourne Storm prepares to take on Wests Tigers without captain Cameron Smith, his opposite number has sought to quell conjecture over the future of star player Benji Marshall. Hooker Smith will miss the clash at picturesque Leichhardt Oval after a laceration below his right eye suffered in Origin II required plastic […]

NRL round five: MELBOURNE 26 WESTS TIGERS 12 at AAMI Park

By STEVE MASCORD WESTS Tigers star Benji Marshall left AAMI Park after Monday night’s loss to Melbourne in a surgical boot and is likely to be sidelined for weeks. Marshall suffered the injury in the first 20 minutes of the 26-12 loss and battled on, scoring the try that put his side in front for […]