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 Amazing Rise Of Ben Hunt

By STEVE MASCORD BEN Hunt has read too much negativity about a particular subject to really enjoy talking about it. So when he is asked about it, he tends to give short, polite, somewhat defensive answers. That subject is: himself. “Before the season started, a lot of people wrote me off,” the Brisbane Broncos player […]

The A-List: CHRIS McQUEEN (South Sydney & Queensland)

By STEVE MASCORD FROM his tongue stud to his South Sydney playing number tattooed on his neck, Chris McQueen is the archetypal ‘Nu Skool’ rugby league player. So when he talks about Facebook and ‘the biff’ in the same sentence, he bears listening to. “I actually saw someone on Facebook last night say ‘bring back […]

The A-List: MATT GILLETT (Brisbane, Queensland & Australian Prime Minister’s XIII)

By STEVE MASCORD MATT Gillett squints in the sunshine at Moore Park. We’re standing under a tree but it doesn’t provide much shelter on a balmy Sydney spring day. And he recounts a pledge his Brisbane Broncos coach, Anthony Griffin, made two years ago, standing in the sun on a field just like this, with […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 23

1. WHAT PRICE COMPASSION? SHOULD a player who gains compassionate leave profit financially from it? According to NRL head of football operations Todd Greenberg, capping payments made to a player released on compassionate grounds – perhaps for the term of the original contract he escaped – will be discussed as part of the salary cap […]

Hoffman Tips Storm Team-mates As Maroons’ Next Gen

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE and NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman disputes claims that Queensland is headed for an Origin slump because of its aging squad – citing two Storm team-mates as evidence of the Maroons’ continued vitality. While Mal Meninga’s men are favourites to seal an eighth successive series victory over the Blues at ANZ Stadium […]

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 […]

Cooper Cronk’s Origin Advice To Daly Cherry-Evans

By STEVE MASCORD QUEENSLAND halfback Cooper Cronk has made public the advice he will give Daly Cherry-Evans about filling the fraught interchange utility role in Origin II. Melbourne’s Cronk started his Origin career as an interchange specialist behind Darren Lockyer and Johnathan Thurston, only gaining a starting place upon Lockyer’s retirement. Manly’s Cherry Evans comes […]

WHITE LINE FEVER Podcast: Episode 47