Castle: Is Origin A Defacto Salary Cap?

By STEVE MASCORD  CANTERBURY chief executive Raelene Castle has blasted the 11th hour call-up of Josh Morris as “not very reasonable” and suggested split rounds now operate as a de facto salary cap. Nineteen-year-old Reimis Smith – with an entire match the day before under his belt – had to drive to Canberra to make […]

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 […]

The Biggest Season-to-season Form Reversals In Premiership History

By STEVE MASCORD (with research by David Middleton) THE salary cap is often given credit for the fact we have had 10 different premiers since 1998 – but you can’t thank the salary cap for what Cronulla have done this year. Maybe you can blame ASADA. From wooden spooners in 2014 to eliminating the reigning […]

THE JOY OF SIX: NRL Round 17 2015

THE BEAST IS COMING FOR YOU SO David Klemmer accidentally knocked out a NSW staffer who was holding a tackling bag? If he is on the field for a kick-off on Wednesday, Maroons players are best advised to stay out of his sight. The Beast Of Belmore has revealed he spots an opposition player from […]

Corey Thompson’s Had A Bad Run In Grand Finals

By STEVE MASCORD TRY-HUNGRY winger Corey Thompson has revealed how joining Canterbury cost him a grand final– and a missed plane denied him the chance to celebrate with his team-mates. Thompson has bagged 11 first grade touch downs since transferring from Brisbane Easts on a modest contract in the middle of last season. The Tigers […]

DISCORD 2014: Can Duncan Thompson’s ‘Contract Football’ Save Rugby League?

By STEVE MASCORD EARLY in a recent Super League game, commentator Paul Cullen remarked: “We’ve been going for 10 minutes and there’s not a blade of grass that’s not been stood on”. Leaving aside the double negative, you can picture the sort of game Cullen was describing – touchline to touchline attack, from the outset. […]

Pre-season: CANTERBURY 20 MELBOURNE 10 at Suncorp Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD COACH Des Hasler pleaded with reporters not to praise rookie Moses Mbye after the 20-year-old helped Canterbury for a scrappy victory over Melbourne. Hasler said the Bulldogs would go into the 2014 season in a much better position to how they started last year after Mbye starred in a 20-10 win at […]

2013 Season Review: CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

By STEVE MASCORD IN a way, these Rugby League Week year-enders can serve as historical records. You can leaf through old dog eared copies of the The Bible and relive what went right – and wrong – for your favourite team. But in the case of 2012 grand finalists, the Canterbury Bulldogs, the full story […]

The A-List: JAMAL IDRIS (Gold Coast, NSW, Indigenous Allstars & Australia)

By STEVE MASCORD “The first few swings missed me, I ducked back and it went across my face. The next time it got me…” Jamal Idris is talking about September 2010 in Forster, where – at a family gathering – he was attacked with a samurai sword. “The sword sat there for a while so […]