BONDI BEAT: April 2016

By STEVE MASCORD THE clubs may not like it but do we now have enough English players in the NRL to revive a mid-season Test? There is absolutely no reason why the Kiwis should not play while Origin is on, aside from the fact clubs would declare war if they had to stand down their […]

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 […]

Inglis: ‘Anyone Could Have Scored That Try’

By STEVE MASCORD GREG Inglis last night claimed anyone could have scored his amazing first half try against Brisbane. While the thrilling ANZAC Day win by South Sydney finished amid controversy, Inglis’ effort in beating seven defenders on a diagonal run from his own 10-metre line will be remembered long after contentious refereeing calls are […]

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 […]

THE WRAP: NRL Finals Week One

By STEVE MASCORD MY furry colleague at Rugby League Week, the Mole, last week wrote that Greg Inglis was unlikely to play in the World Cup due to his ongoing knee problem. So when the finals series kicked off on Friday night, a couple of hours before kick-off between South Sydney and Melbourne at ANZ […]

Hurrell Says He Wanted ‘A Piece’ Of Inglis

By STEVE MASCORD RAMPAGING Warrior Konrad “Hurricane” Hurrell says he wanted “a piece” of Greg Inglis when he powered past the world’s best player on his way to one of the individual tries of the season last Sunday. Hurrell swatted South Sydney opposite Bryson Goodwin and then prompted a headclash between fullback Inglis and second […]

NRL round 14: SOUTH SYDNEY 30 GOLD COAST 24 at Barlow Park, Cairns

By STEVE MASCORD THEY used to play against each other using a Coke bottle on the neighbours’ front lawn – and now a confrontation between cousins Greg Inglis and Albert Kelly has decided an NRL game. With three minutes left and six points the difference in a sprawling, entertaining encounter before 16,118 fans at Cairns’ […]

Five Things We Learned From … ORIGIN I

1. Origin is still a primal anachronism RUGBY league fans completely understood how NSW coach Laurie Daley could call flurry of punches aimed at an opponent’s head as “a great Origin moment”. The army of casual viewers attracted by the game could not. As big as rugby league is in New South Wales and Queensland, Origin […]

Best New Face – A Blessing Or A Curse?

By STEVE MASCORD IT’S the ultimate “Where Are They Now?”. Since 1986, Rugby League Week has been asking 100 players a year who they rated the best new face in the game. That’s right, ‘Best New Face’ – not rookie, a word which carries plenty of rules and regulations on its back. If you were […]