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 […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 50

By STEVE MASCORD IT’S not so much the number of zeros on Cronulla’s $1 million doping fine, but how long the Sharks have to pay it. That’s why the club’s supporters should be welcoming reports Cronulla ‘only’ have to shell out $200,000 a year over the next half-decade. We’ve already said here that it would […]

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 […]


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 […]

Goodwin Says It’s Time To Go West Again

By STEVE MASCORD BYSON Goodwin is old enough to remember the death of the Perth Reds and young enough to hope for some involvement when the West Coast Pirates finally get admission to the NRL. The South Sydney centre enjoyed redemption on a couple of levels during the 30-13 win over the Warriors at nib […]

A Quarter Century Of Spreading The League Gospel

By STEVE MASCORD TONY Chalmers, now a fixture on the sideline at NRL games as Channel Nine’s floor manager but once a flying winger, remembers the coach’s speech the first time a premiership side touched down in Perth to play a rugby league game. “Times have changed,” says Chalmers, who scored the first try of […]


By STEVE MASCORD IT’S coincidental but instructive that we are going to Darwin, Mackay and Perth with NRL games the weekend after matches in Sydney attracted 11,167, 5288 and 6,271. Yes, it was wet and hostile at ANZ Stadium, Leichhardt Oval and Centrebet Stadium – but they were still poor attendance figures which will be […]

THE WRAP: NRL Round 17

By STEVE MASCORD MY cab is whizzing up St Kilda Road on the way to the airport at a quarter past midnight on Saturday morning and John Lennon starts crooning on the radio: “no-one ever told me there’d be days like these”. He’s right. No-one told me there were red eye flights from Melbourne to […]


By STEVE MASCORD NEXT Monday, Gold Coast are going to play Melbourne at Skilled Park. It second versus fifth, a crucial game which should draw a huge crowd. …except, that is, for one small factor. There will be no Origin players involved. Big Issue is confident that after this television deal, or the next, this […]