The A-List: FRANK PRITCHARD (Hull, New Zealand & Samoa)

By STEVE MASCORD “WHEN he walked into training, the session stopped,” Hull coach Lee Radford says. “That doesn’t happen for me, I can’t do that.” It’s early in the season. The wind howls in off the North Sea. It’s pretty much dark by 5.30pm. Not far from the front door of Hull FC’s striking KC […]

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 […]

The A-List: Ryan Hall (:eeds & England)

By STEVE MASCORD HE can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 45 seconds, once addressed his team-mates on how Pythagorus Theorum affects every day life and plays saxophone, piano, guitar and violin. Leeds’ 105kg Ryan Hall may or may not be the best winger in the world – his team-mates call him ‘WBW’ anyway – but […]

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 A-List: JARRYD HAYNE (Parramatta, NSW, NRL All Stars & Australia)

He’s the current joint Dally M winner and he’s leaving for the NFL. But who is Jarryd Hayne, really?

The A-List: MANU VATUVEI (Warriors & New Zealand)

By STEVE MASCORD MANU Vatuvei seems like a man who rugby league played a big role in creating. Raised on what the cliches always describe as the “rough streets of South Auckland”, the 27-year-old has been transformed on the field from a rookie described famously as a “clumbsy klutz” to a fearsome Test regular, and […]

The A-List: PAUL WELLENS (St Helens, England & Great Britain)

By STEVE MASCORD PAUL Wellens’ appointment as part of England coach Steve McNamara’s support staff for the World Cup may well have prompted some of his long-term St Helens team-mates to offer a wry smile. “People always say ‘you’d love to be Australian, you would’,” the decorated 33-year-old tells A-List in a coffee room across […]

The A-List: CHRIS McQUEEN (South Sydney & Queensland)

By STEVE MASCORD FROM his tongue stud to his South Sydney playing number tattooed on his neck, Chris McQueen is the archetypal ‘Nu Skool’ rugby league player. So when he talks about Facebook and ‘the biff’ in the same sentence, he bears listening to. “I actually saw someone on Facebook last night say ‘bring back […]

The A-List: MATT GILLETT (Brisbane, Queensland & Australian Prime Minister’s XIII)

By STEVE MASCORD MATT Gillett squints in the sunshine at Moore Park. We’re standing under a tree but it doesn’t provide much shelter on a balmy Sydney spring day. And he recounts a pledge his Brisbane Broncos coach, Anthony Griffin, made two years ago, standing in the sun on a field just like this, with […]