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 […]

The A-List: Josh Hodgson (Canberra & England)

By STEVE MASCORD HAD Hull Kingston Rovers not tried to extend their contract with hooker Josh Hodgson some 18 months ago, he might be still playing for them. You read that right. The 26-year-old returns to Canberra this month for his second season a player transformed. From a solid first-teamer in Humberside who’d had a […]

139 Minutes Of NRL Without Throwing A Pass

By STEVE MASCORD IMAGINE playing 139 minutes of NRL and not throwing a single pass. We still like to think of passing the football as the key skill in our game. That’s what we do. We run up and down the field and we pass the football in such a way as to evade the […]

JOY OF SIX: round one 2015

By STEVE MASCORD SEEING RED OVER MOSES WHAT if Dallas Donnelly pulled up outside an NRL ground in his time travelling Delorian and went inside for a gander? What would he make of a competition where you are sent to the sin bin for punching someone but stay on the field for a deadset coat-hanger? […]

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 […]


By STEVE MASCORD HOW quickly they forget. By the time you read this, the campaigns of eight NRL teams is are already fading memories. It’s worth pondering how arbitrary and brutal an industry rugby league, and professional sport in general, is. You train like a dog all summer, you get locked into a weekly grind […]

THE WRAP: NRL Round 25

By STEVE MASCORD BRISBANE prop Ben Hannant played on with two potentially serious injuries on Friday night in a vain bid to lift the Broncos into the finals. There are 10 teams still in the running for the play-offs following the penultimate round of the 2013 season, with Brisbane crashing out of contention in a […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 25

By STEVE MASCORD BARBA QUESTIONS QUESTIONS prompted by the emergence of a photo of a woman who claimed to have been punched by Ben Barba: How was this not a cover-up, given that the highest profile NRL player at the time was suspended by his club and we weren’t told why? If this allegation was […]

Joel Thompson: Roosters Fans Put Me Off

By STEVE MASCORD CANBERRA star Joel Thompson believes a Sydney Roosters fans may be responsible for the Mia Culpa that prevented the Raiders from sending Saturday night’s clash into overtime. With a couple of minutes left and the tricolours up by six points, the Green Machine had one last chance to attack after being awarded […]