We’ve Got Issues: Transfer Period

By STEVE MASCORD PAUL Green knowns all too well about the pitfalls of trying to regulate the movement of players between clubs, “I got sacked at the Cowboys because they tried to say I was negotiating before June 30,” the current North Queensland coach tells League Week when we tell him we’re doing a story […]

BONDI BEAT: May 2014

By STEVE MASCORD LIKE your clubs in England, the NRL is considering ways to hold onto players and to recruit new stars, Bondi Beat‘s spies tell us that the issue was raised in Auckland before the NRL Nines. The CEO of the league, David Smith, suggested that if one club wanted to sign a rugby […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 42

By STEVE MASCORD WITH the NRL to give clubs $7.55 million next year and the salary cap to be $6.3 million, the question has to be asked: why doesn’t the governing body just pay the players directly? The club grant equalling the salary cap was seen as a holy grail of the previous NRL administration […]

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 […]

TRAVELS: XX

y STEVE MASCORD IT’S hard to believe anyone could argue what happened at the Provident Stadium on Sunday was good for the game. Sky’s Rod Studd sent me an email after a dramatically under-strength Huddersfield was lapped 58-6 by Bradford asking if it could happen in the NRL. I was already planning to write something […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 26

By STEVE MASCORD CHANGES COULD END IN TIERS THREE games on the final day of the regular season exposed an unintended benefit of the second tier salary cap and an unforseen danger of changing it without careful consideration. With the finals spots assured, Cronulla and Manly fielded somewhat under strength sides but still put up […]

Is This Year’s NRL Lopsided?

By STEVE MASCORD THIS year, more than any since the formation of the NRL in 1998, we’ve been hearing, reading and talking about whether we have “an even competition”. Used to sitting on our couches on a Friday night and seeing contests which will go some way towards determining the make-up of the finals, we’ve […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 21

By STEVE MASCORD PILLAGED RAIDERS DO the mechanisms which give us an even competition also give us even games, or are there completely different influences at work? Melbourne’s 68-4 win over Canberra was the eighth largest margin in premiership history. But the result was not the product of any obvious competitive disparity; Canberra had not […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 30

By STEVE MASCORD RATHER than blaming the salary cap for the inequalities of this year’s NRL, maybe we should look at the sudden rise in the cap and the lack of foresight regarding the impact of that rise. It’s easy to cheer for players staying where they are. It’s easy to cheer for them being […]