NRL round 23: NORTH QUEENSLAND 22 GOLD COAST 10 at 1300smiles Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD NORTH Queensland prop James Tamou has agreed that the sacking of coach Neil Henry will be deemed premature if the Cowboys qualify for the finals. NQ last night disposed of eighth-placed Gold Coast to continue an unbeaten run that began three weeks ago when Henry’s contract extension was rescinded. The coach said […]

Sheens Awaits Front Row Face-Off

By STEVE MASCORD AUSTRALIA coach Tim Sheens admits he’ll be taking a special interest on Friday night when his props James Tamou and Matt Scott face up to a combination that could form England’s World Cup front row. Late team changes before South Sydney’s 32-4 win over Gold Coast on Saturday resulted in Sam and […]

James Tamou: “I Thought I’d Be Sacked”

  By STEVE MASCORD JAMES Tamou says he thought he would be sacked by North Queensland and banished from rugby league in the wake of his high range drink driving charge. Tamou, fined $20,000 and banned from Origin II selection after recording a blood alcohol reading of .197 on June 10, made his return in […]

NRL round 16: NORTH QUEENSLAND 24 CRONULLA 4 at 1300smiles Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD JAMES Tamou says he has been given no assurances about a return to the NSW side for Origin III and describes his task of winning back his jersey as “straightforward yet difficult”. Tamou returned from a two week suspension for high range drink driving in North Queensland’s 24-4 win over Cronulla at […]

Players In NSW And Queensland Don’t Understand Damage To Game’s Image

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE and Australia captain Cameron Smith has lashed out at misbehaving players who live in cocoon in rugby league’s heartlands and don’t understand how much they are hurting the game in its frontiers. In an eight-day period which has seen NSW prop James Tamou, would-be team-mate Blake Ferguson and South Sydney prop […]


By STEVE MASCORD JAMES Tamou said he was mystified by his running battle with former team-mate Luke O’Donnell as Mitchell Pearce did for NSW’s pre-Origin confidence what Greg Inglis did for Queensland the previous evening. Pearce, the Blues’ halfback-elect, threw the final pass for both Roosters’ tries as they battled out a 12-8 win over […]

NRL round five: NORTH QUEENSLAND 30 PENRITH 0 at 1300SMILES Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD AUSTRALIA prop James Tamou does not believe he has done enough to keep his jersey for the April 19 Test against New Zealand and reckons only a five-star showing for North Queensland on Friday will save him. Tamou offered the stinging self-assessment despite running 199 metres in last night’s 30-0 Cowboys win […]

Test: AUSTRALIA 18 NEW ZEALAND 10 at Dairy Farmers Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD EVEN Benji Marshall was calling James Tamou “Aussie Jim” last night when the most controversial representative selection in years won Australia’s players’ player award after helping dismantle the country of his birth. Fellow North Queensland prop Matt Scott was the offical man of the match but Tamou wasn’t far behind in the […]

RLIF Challenges Australia To Fix Eligibility Mess

By STEVE MASCORD INTERNATIONAL Federation chairman Scott Carter last night challenged Australia to stop foreigners playing Origin, let Queensland and NSW stars represent other countries or just come clean and admit they are using cash to strengthen the green and golds. Hours before Saturday’s trans-Tasman Test at Dairy Farmers Stadium, a milestone meeting between officials from both […]