Castle: Is Origin A Defacto Salary Cap?

By STEVE MASCORD  CANTERBURY chief executive Raelene Castle has blasted the 11th hour call-up of Josh Morris as “not very reasonable” and suggested split rounds now operate as a de facto salary cap. Nineteen-year-old Reimis Smith – with an entire match the day before under his belt – had to drive to Canberra to make […]

Fittler Endorses Maloney For NSW Job

By STEVE MASCORD JAMES Maloney says the endorsement of Brad Fittler as NSW Origin I five-eighth is no consolation for Country’s poor showing in what will probably be the second-last match ever against City. Fittler, who represented the Blues 31 times, reckons Cronulla’s Maloney is the stand-out candidate to wear the six jersey on June […]

THE JOY OF SIX: NRL Round 17 2015

THE BEAST IS COMING FOR YOU SO David Klemmer accidentally knocked out a NSW staffer who was holding a tackling bag? If he is on the field for a kick-off on Wednesday, Maroons players are best advised to stay out of his sight. The Beast Of Belmore has revealed he spots an opposition player from […]

The A-List: JARRYD HAYNE (Parramatta, NSW, NRL All Stars & Australia)

He’s the current joint Dally M winner and he’s leaving for the NFL. But who is Jarryd Hayne, really?

The A-List: JAMAL IDRIS (Gold Coast, NSW, Indigenous Allstars & Australia)

By STEVE MASCORD “The first few swings missed me, I ducked back and it went across my face. The next time it got me…” Jamal Idris is talking about September 2010 in Forster, where – at a family gathering – he was attacked with a samurai sword. “The sword sat there for a while so […]

The A-List: KEITH GALLOWAY (City, NSW, Australia & Scotland)

By STEVE MASCORD THIS is kind of like interviewing a Wests Tigers fan. Keith Galloway wasn’t sighted from round two to round 20 this year due to a pectoral muscle tear. He’s been sitting in the stands with us. If a week is a long time in rugby league, 18 weeks is an eternity. In […]

The A-List: ANDREW FIFITA (Cronulla, City, NSW, Indigenous All Stars & Tonga)

By STEVE MASCORD WHEN Andrew Fifita talks about “the coal train”, he’s not making a reference to Dave Taylor. He’s talking about an actual coal train. “It’s when we were down in Griffith that I found it,” the NSW prop says, recalling a vivid childhood memory. “Not walking around but jumping on the trains … […]

The A-List: JOSH REYNOLDS (Canterbury & NSW)

By STEVE MASCORD GRUB Henderson plied his trade on Sydney’s violent rugby league fields in the 1980s. His brutal style of play constantly landed him in front of the judiciary, got him in trouble with officials and eventually ended his career prematurely. Grub Henderson did not exist. He was a figment of the imagination of […]

Cronulla Ship Sails On Without Captains

By STEVE MASCORD CRONULLA is likely to be without its first- and second-choice captains until August after Todd Carney helped the Sharks overcome Brisbane and leave the Broncos at long odds of maintaining their proud finals record. With a foot injury having ruled Paul Gallen out from the NSW side for Origin III and up […]