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 […]

WHITE LINE FEVER Podcast: Episode 59

DISCORD 2013: Edition 47

By STEVE MASCORD YOUR correspondent has a tough decision to make before Christmas – how to vote in the Golden Boot poll. The nominees for that gong that goes to the best player in the world have been released today: Johnathan Thurston, Sonny Bill Williams, Danny Brough, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Sam Burgess. It seems […]

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season week six

By STEVE MASCORD 1. SIMPLY THE BEST? FORMER NSW Origin forward and founding Brisbane Bronco Terry Matterson says the current Australian team could be the best in his quarter-century involvement in the game at the top level. Matterson, who made his first grade debut for he Roosters in 1986, was in awe of the green-and-golds’ […]

BONDI BEAT: September 2013

By STEVE MASCORD THE big debate in Australia at the moment is on how the State of Origin juggernaut is completely overshadowing, and causing serious damage to, the NRL. Attendance figures at club games have plummeted over the six weeks that the interstate series occupies and a week or two either side of it, when […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 23

1. WHAT PRICE COMPASSION? SHOULD a player who gains compassionate leave profit financially from it? According to NRL head of football operations Todd Greenberg, capping payments made to a player released on compassionate grounds – perhaps for the term of the original contract he escaped – will be discussed as part of the salary cap […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 13

By STEVE MASCORD 1. NO VIOLINS OVER VIOLENCE THERE are enough debates about violence and Origin to fill up this column at least twice over. But it was instructive that there was a mini-brawl in Parramatta-Sydney Roosters game just two days after Origin I and it went almost completely un-noticed – because only rugby league […]

Hurricane Thurston

By STEVE MASCORD IT’S April 20 2013, in the spacious visitors dressingroom at Eden Park, and one of the greatest players in either rugby code is only just short of being a nervous wreck. The mid-season Test between Australa and New Zealand has been about as one-sided as a rugby league contest gets, with the […]

NRL round six: BRISBANE 12 NORTH QUEENSLAND 10 at Suncorp Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD THERE were allegations of a bungled tackle count as both sides questioned match officials after an epic Queensland derby. Reluctant winger Josh Hoffman scored the clincher for Brisbane with seven minutes remaining at Suncorp Stadium but an episode in which the Cowboys were almost awarded a rare penalty try attracted criticism from […]