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 […]

Eden Park ‘Just Another Stadium’, Says Leuluai

By STEVE MASCORD THEY now have the sacking of a coach to deal with as well as their winless record at Eden Park – but the Warriors insist the second of these issues is not really an issue at all. “I’ve played there a couple of times and I don’t think it’s any different,” halfback […]

Mateo: Don’t Blame SSS

By STEVE MASCORD WARRIORS star Feleti Mateo says the club’s Slow Start Syndrome is not to blame for a dismal opening fortnight to 2014. “To me it feels completely different,” Mateo tells RLW. “We’re working a lot harder. Our systems in place shouldn’t be allowing this sort of play and we’re letting ourselves down. “I’m […]

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 […]

Wane: I Want NRL Job

By STEVE MASCORD WIGAN coach Shaun Wane wants a head coaching position in the NRL and believes a win over Sydney Roosters this Saturday can help him get one. Wane was linked to the New Zealand Warriors last year before extending at DW Stadium and tells Rugby League Week he remains open to offers – […]

Matulino Tips Brutal WCC

By STEVE MASCORD NEW Zealand prop Ben Matulino has warned Sydney Roosters to be on the lookout for some thunderous hits in next Saturday’s World Club Challenge. While the conventional wisdom is that Wigan have little hope of toppling the NRL premiers at Allianz Stadiun, Matulinogives them a good chance after facing up to Shaun […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Six

By STEVE MASCORD WIGAN coach Shaun Wane says he still doesn’t know what rules next week’s World Club Challenge will be played under. The Super League and Challenge Cup champions went on a tryscoring spree in the second half last night to flog a depleted New Zealand Warriors 46-22 in a trial played under NRL […]

Pre-season: WIGAN 46 WARRIORS 22 at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

By STEVE MASCORD FOUR try winger Joe Burgess has forced his way into Wigan’s World Club Challenge team – and fellow greehorn Sam Powell will almost certainly join him in coach Shaun Wane’s 17. Wigan did their best to sell the few remaining tickets for the title bout with Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 39

By STEVE MASCORD THE Cronulla-to-Queensland story raises a couple of pressing questions for the NRL. One: is relocation a viable model to satisfy expansion ambitions? Two: is it morally defensible to take with one hand, in the form of drugs sanctions, and then give back with the other, in the form of relocation allowances, if […]