The A-List: MICHAEL MORGAN (North Queensland, Queensland & Australia)

By STEVE MASCORD “YOU mean THE tackle?” Michael Morgan says, raising an eyebrow. A-List has just pointed out to the 24-year-old Townsvillian that in sports, you can trade on one thing for your entire life. Exhibit A: Scott Sattler. Exhibit B: the 2003 grand final. Michael Morgan hasn’t thought about that way before. He hasn’t […]

The A-List: Jason Taumalalo (North Queensland & New Zealand)

By STEVE MASCORD JASON Taumalolo is no expert on the ‘pathways’ paper that earned former NRL head of strategy Shane Richardson a little bit of derision and almost no thanks. The uber-destructive North Queensland and New Zealand back rower doesn’t know how the document was going to achieve its aim of keeping youngsters at home […]

NRL round two: BRISBANE 16 NORTH QUEENSLAND 12 at Suncorp Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD THERE were 42,303 people at Suncorp Stadium but few would have been more relieved at Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough’s winning try against North Queensland than Broncos prop Josh McGuire. Nearing a half century of tackles, McCullough celebrated the decision of Australia captain Cameron Smith not to take his jersey next year by […]

Matt Scott: We Left Our Persecution Complex In Gosford

By STEVE MASCORD NORTH Queensland co-captain Matt Scott has revealed the moment the switch flicked for the Cowboys this season – when the premiership hopefuls stopped blaming everyone else for their misfortune, After winning the inaugural Auckland Nines, Paul Green’s side coughed and spluttered its way through the opening weeks of the new season, winning […]

Curtis Set To Be A Northern Force

By STEVE MASCORD NORTH Queensland rookie Curtis Rona has revealed how he always thought he would one day play at Eden Park – for the Western Force. Unheralded Rona scored two tries in the Cowboys’ 16-7 NRL Nines final win over Brisbane to secure the club’s first title at senior level. It’s been a long […]

THE JOY OF SIX: NRL Nines

NO HARD FEELINGS LACHLAN Coote hasn’t given up on playing again this year despite suffering the fourth serious injury of a comparatively short career. Coote was a casualty of the Nines, ruled out for six months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. ”I definitely want to get back and play with this bunch of boys,” […]

No Soft Centre For This Mango

By STEVE MASCORD MATT Bowen probably hasn’t made a controversial statement in his life. But, shielding his eyes against the Florida sun, today he is no mood for mincing words. “What better game than to go play in the World Club Challenge in Sydney? I want to go back and prove a few people wrong,” […]

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 […]

TRAVELS: XX

By STEVE MASCORD THE news out of Wigan the other day prompted media reactions on either side of the globe which were, Travels believe, out of step with reality. In Australia, Sam Tomkins’ signing with the New Zealand Warriors was downpage brief in even the most enthusiastic rugby league paper, the Daily Telegraph. Perhaps it […]