Sandow Coy On NRL Return

By STEVE MASCORD CHRIS Sandow says the quality of his football will determine whether he returns to the NRL when his Warrington contract expires at the end of next year. The former Parramatta no.7 is one game away from a Challenge Cup final at Wembley after the Wolves’ 20-18 success on Friday night at Halliwell […]

The Biggest Season-to-season Form Reversals In Premiership History

By STEVE MASCORD (with research by David Middleton) THE salary cap is often given credit for the fact we have had 10 different premiers since 1998 – but you can’t thank the salary cap for what Cronulla have done this year. Maybe you can blame ASADA. From wooden spooners in 2014 to eliminating the reigning […]

BONDI BEAT: October 2015 – Disneyland, Globalisation & Jarryd Hayne

By STEVE MASCORD ONE day, the Jarryd Hayne story will be held up as one of the great sagas of Pacific Immigration, a touchstone for all Melanesian people. Manoa Thompson, the father of the San Francisco 49ers recruit who you cannot escape hearing about every day (no matter how hard you try) in Australia, was […]

NRL round five 2014: PARRAMATTA 25 BRISBANE 18 at Suncorp Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD SIX hundred and thirteen days after their last away away, Parramatta were teased, prodded and eventually rewarded by football fate at Suncorp Stadium. Coach Brad Arthur was in the job for the first time when the Eels beat Parramatta at the same venue in July 2012. During an enthralling 80 minutes on […]

JOY OF SIX: round one 2015

By STEVE MASCORD SEEING RED OVER MOSES WHAT if Dallas Donnelly pulled up outside an NRL ground in his time travelling Delorian and went inside for a gander? What would he make of a competition where you are sent to the sin bin for punching someone but stay on the field for a deadset coat-hanger? […]

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 JOY OF SIX: International Season Week One 2014

SANDOW SIN BIN WHEN we went to Parramatta with claims Chris Sandow had played in an aboriginal knockout and been sent off for a shoulder charge followed by an elbow, Eels CEO Scott Seward told us: “He had permission to play. He passed a medical and the coach gave him his blessing. Chrissy has told […]

THE BIG ISSUE: #59

By STEVE MASCORD HOW quickly they forget. By the time you read this, the campaigns of eight NRL teams is are already fading memories. It’s worth pondering how arbitrary and brutal an industry rugby league, and professional sport in general, is. You train like a dog all summer, you get locked into a weekly grind […]

Ryan Turned Down Parra And Eel Be Happy About That Now

By STEVE MASCORD RYAN Hinchcliffe insists there was no soothsaying involved in his decision to turn down a lucrative four-year contract with Parramatta, starting this season. Nonetheless, as things stand, he’s looking like one of rugby league’s wisest men. The 28-year-old Melbourne utility forward is preparing for the NRL finals kick-off tonight when he plays […]