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 […]

NRL round five 2014: PARRAMATTA 25 BRISBANE 18 at Suncorp Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD SIX hundred and thirteen days after their last away away, Parramatta were teased, prodded and eventually rewarded by football fate at Suncorp Stadium. Coach Brad Arthur was in the job for the first time when the Eels beat Parramatta at the same venue in July 2012. During an enthralling 80 minutes on […]

The A-List: JOSH HOFFMAN (Gold Coast, Indigenous All Stars & New Zealand)

By STEVE MASCORD JOSH Hoffman is said to have greeted reporters for his first media opportunity this year by saying “haven’t seen you guys for a while”. The smiling 27-year-old Titans fullback was a favourite of reporters during his six years at the Broncos. The Mackay product was always co-operative and good for a quote […]

NRL round three 2014: SYDNEY ROOSTERS 30 BRISBANE 26 at Suncorp Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD MITCHELL Pearce and Boyd Cordner on Friday night did their bit to decimate Brisbane’s Friday night economy. With 1:45 left in the Broncos-Sydney Roosters epic at Suncorp Stadium, most of the 33,381 crowd was eying a bar on nearby Caxton Street and after that, destination unknown with the home side headed to […]

NRL round two: BRISBANE 16 NORTH QUEENSLAND 12 at Suncorp Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD THERE were 42,303 people at Suncorp Stadium but few would have been more relieved at Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough’s winning try against North Queensland than Broncos prop Josh McGuire. Nearing a half century of tackles, McCullough celebrated the decision of Australia captain Cameron Smith not to take his jersey next year by […]

The Amazing Rise Of Ben Hunt

By STEVE MASCORD BEN Hunt has read too much negativity about a particular subject to really enjoy talking about it. So when he is asked about it, he tends to give short, polite, somewhat defensive answers. That subject is: himself. “Before the season started, a lot of people wrote me off,” the Brisbane Broncos player […]

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season Week One 2014

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 […]

Six Highlights Of The 2014 NRL Regular Season

By STEVE MASCORD THERE Is something unnatural – even mean-spirited – about the finals. For 26 weeks, rugby league is just THERE. Some weekends, there aren’t eight NRL games but no matter how well or otherwise your team plays, there’ll be a match to watch again in a minimum of a fortnight That’s 24 matches […]

THE JOY OF SIX: NRL Nines

NO HARD FEELINGS LACHLAN Coote hasn’t given up on playing again this year despite suffering the fourth serious injury of a comparatively short career. Coote was a casualty of the Nines, ruled out for six months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. ”I definitely want to get back and play with this bunch of boys,” […]