By STEVE MASCORD THE great thing about the NRL’s enquiries into playing matches in England is that it gives the Commission an excuse to help the British game. In case you missed it, colleague Brad Walter wrote this week in the Sydney Morning Herald that NRL officials are considering playing a State of Origin game […]

Jamie’s Slim London Pickings

By STEVE MASCORD FROM here, Jamie Soward could throw the ball over the crossbar. We are sitting on the rock hard surface of the Richardson Evans Memorial Ground, training headquarters of the London Broncos, just over 20 metres out and to the right of the posts. Of course, Penrith recruit Soward would not attempt to […]


By STEVE MASCORD LONDON’S heavy loss on Saturday led to a reader contacting me about one of my favourite hobby horses – an English team in the NRL. But this reader, whose given name was Leigh of Dallas (?) came at the idea from an interesting angle. What are the drawbacks of an NRL franchises […]

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 […]

MEN OF THE WORLD Three: ANTHONY SEIBOLD (Australia, France, England, Wales & Germany)

By STEVE MASCORD “Pfffft!” You can almost picture Anthony Seibold, the current Melbourne Storm Under 20s coach, rolling his eyes as he read our first Men Of The World feature a couple of months back. If you’ll remember, Dustin Cooper told us how he started out in Australia before rugby league took him to France […]


By STEVE MASCORD THE old ‘Aussie take on the British game” routine has been done to death over the years – but I’m sure it’s what you’re expecting from me this week. Since about 1970, Australian media types have been talking down their noses at British players, administrators and supporters about what has to be […]

Super League round one: WIDNES 28 LONDON 14 at The Stoop

By STEVE MASCORD LONDON started the Super League season disastrously when centre David Howell broke an arm and captain Craig Gower suffered a worrying groin injury in a heavy home loss to Widnes. In front of just 2856 fans at the Stoop, the Broncos found themselves down 18-0 by halftime to a Widnes side which […]

The A-List: CRAIG GOWER (London, City, NSW & Australia)

By STEVE MASCORD IT wasn’t supposed to be like this for Craig Gower – even though there is nothing intrinsically wrong with “this”. We are sitting outside the London Broncos training sheds, overlooking the playing fields at the Roehamption Campus of Kingston University in London. It’s hot enough to give you sunburn, peaceful enough to […]

Super League round 21: WIGAN 44 LONDON 6 at The Stoop

By THOMAS McCOOEY TONY Rae’s second stint at London began realistically as the interim coach saw his bottom of the table side fall to the league leaders. Rae landed at 5.30am two days before the game and had just enough time to take a team run but has already outlined his goals for the remaining […]