Young Dragon Unconcerned By Coaching Uncertainty

By STEVE MASCORD CENTRE Charly Runciman has no regrets about re-signing with St George Illawarra before the current coaching ructions. Runciman agreed to a two-year extension before Steve Price was sacked and now faces uncertainty over whether caretaker Paul McGregor will retain the role or a more experienced mentor is brought in for 2015. “I […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 26

By STEVE MASCORD LET’S start this item about the $15,000 fine meted out to Ricky Stuart on Monday by saying we understand what the NRL is trying to achieve. Yes, respect for referees is paramount and yes, there is culture of criticism – some would say attempted manipulation – in our competition which is probably […]

Dugan Is The First Mid-Season Transfer To Play Origin

By STEVE MASCORD HE’S only three games into his career as a St George Illawarra Dragon but NSW fullback Josh Dugan could end up the most significant mid-season signing of the NRL era. Dugan has run the ball a staggering 48 times in his last two matches and currently has as many tries as appearances […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 16

DUGAN UNCHAINED, PART 57 DESPITE the complications alcohol and social media have each caused him, NSW and St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan still seems to really like both. After reports emerged on Sunday that police were called after he was seen sitting in a boat parked outside a Sutherland Shire house and rowdily pretending […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 25

By STEVE MASCORD LAST week Discord was rightly criticised for posting yet another column on the Origin I biff, a couple of readers pointing out that they’d already read much more than enough on the subject. Fair cop. But sometimes, when the current debate on a footy-relate issue seems to be missing something, Discord feels […]

THE WRAP: NRL Round 14

By STEVE MASCORD “As scandals go, it certainly has the potential to be the worst in Origin’s tumultuous 33 years – and that’s saying something” It’s the view of the doyen of State of Origin reporters in the wake of news NSW winger Blake Ferguson has been charged with indecent assault and kicked out of […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 14

By STEVE MASCORD CANDID CAMERON CAMERON Smith might be as influential as any active premiership player since the days of Dally Messenger. The decision to use the sin bin for those who throw punches, presumably from now on in all club and representative games, was largely influenced by the Australia captain’s comment on NRL 360 […]

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 […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 10

By STEVE MASCORD 1.HOW’S TRENT? Long before Cronulla players were reportedly visiting him at home to find out what he had been telling ASADA, Parramatta trainer Trent Elkin had already written himself into the rugby league lexicon with the expression “How’s Trent?” Elkin used to be the referees’ conditioner and the phrase was code for […]