WHITE LINE FEVER Podcast: Episode 59

NRL round one: GOLD COAST 18 CRONULLA 12 at Remondis Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD AFTER another dismal day at strife-torn Cronulla, injured captain Paul Gallen insisted he would be back from an ankle injury in “three or four weeks” and dismissed the significance of Australia prop Andrew Fifita’s impending departure. Going into the opening Monday Night Football match of 2014, it seemed things could only improve […]

THE WRAP: NRL Finals Week One

By STEVE MASCORD MY furry colleague at Rugby League Week, the Mole, last week wrote that Greg Inglis was unlikely to play in the World Cup due to his ongoing knee problem. So when the finals series kicked off on Friday night, a couple of hours before kick-off between South Sydney and Melbourne at ANZ […]

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 […]

Origin I: Rude Awakening

By STEVE MASCORD IT’S 8.30, the morning after New South Wales beat Queensland 14-6 in the opening State of Origin match, and the phone rings. Your correspondent is not in the best of moods after a stuff-up on radio the previous night (more of that later) and has little patience for the ABC Canberra producer […]


By STEVE MASCORD WE certainly picked the right time to kick off our World Rugby League Power List in 2012 – if only because it bore little resemblance to rankings we now present to you 12 months later. Last June, the game had just lost NRL chief executive David Gallop, who went to the FFA, […]


By STEVE MASCORD STATE Of Origin is a con. Our greatest contest is built on a giant hypocrisy whose time is just about up. This column is not chiefly about whether its author was offended by Paul Gallen stiff-arming, then repeatedly punching, Nate Myles last Wednesday or about whether the incident was bad for the […]

Critics Of Origin I Stoush Missed The Point, Says Reynolds

By STEVE MASCORD UNUSED NSW reserve Josh Reynolds says critics of last Wednesday’s Origin biffo are missing a big point – there are still plenty of punches in NRL games that go unpunished. After sitting on the bench for the entire opening interstate encounter, the 24-year-old five-eighth returned to Canterbury on Saturday night and played […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 24

By STEVE MASCORD SHOULD pre-meditation be taken into account when punishing incidents of foul play in rugby league? Last night on The Back Page and NRL 360, Jarryd Hayne and Robbie Farah each seemed to confirm Paul Gallen had mentioned Nate Myles in the lead-up to Origin I in relation to perceived sleights against the […]