BONDI BEAT: December 2014

By STEVE MASCORD IT’S not overstating things that there has been something of a paradigm shift in out game as a result of the recently-completed Four Nations. I have a favourite saying about the warring factions within our game: the parochial populists and the outward-looking anoraks: if the meek are to inherit the earth, then […]

Sam Tomkins Says Sam Burgess Is Leaving For “A Buzz” Not A Challenge

By STEVE MASCORD ENGLAND fullback Sam Tomkins says absent team-mate and international player of the year Sam Burgess is leaving for rugby union in search of a “buzz” more than a tougher sporting challenge. Rugby league’s Four Nations kicks off in Brisbane today in somewhat curious circumstances for the 13-man game, when England takes on […]

The A-List: SAM BURGESS (South Sydney, NRL All Stars, England & Great Britain)

By STEVE MASCORD ON a dreary, cold, wet Sydney day, the redeveloped Redfern Oval gives off an unearthly green hue. It’s almost as if the lighting that allows Melbourne AAMI Park to turn the colour of the host team has been installed just below the historic patch of grass. In the Park Cafe at the […]

BONDI BEAT: March 2014

By STEVE MASCORD THE issue of Sam Burgess’s departure from South Sydney has prompted much analysis and hand-wringing about his place in South Sydney, England, the NRL and rugby league in general. Why is he leaving, as appeared likely at the time of writing? How much will he be missed by these four institutions? What […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Pre-Season II

By STEVE MASCORD EARL GREY OVER DANK NEWS EXILED footballer Sandor Earl was not best pleased to read on the Sun-Herald that controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank has a job with the women’s Indian Premier League Twenty20 Cricket Competition. “Unbelieveable – I can’t even play park footy. Flanno (suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan) can’t watch […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Eight

By STEVE MASCORD LET’S face it, the NRL didn’t do a very good job of proving that players WERE concussed when their clubs allowed them to play on over the past season or so But now, we are being assured, the League is hellbent on proving they are NOT concussed when – or if – […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Seven

By STEVE MASCORD CROSS-code challenges, nines tournaments and players defections; are we at a fork in the road of evolution of the rugby codes, or are these developments no more than fodder for the daily news cycle? This week we’ve seen Sam Burgess defect to rugby union, calls for nines tournaments to be held everywhere […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 47

By STEVE MASCORD YOUR correspondent has a tough decision to make before Christmas – how to vote in the Golden Boot poll. The nominees for that gong that goes to the best player in the world have been released today: Johnathan Thurston, Sonny Bill Williams, Danny Brough, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Sam Burgess. It seems […]

Sheens Awaits Front Row Face-Off

By STEVE MASCORD AUSTRALIA coach Tim Sheens admits he’ll be taking a special interest on Friday night when his props James Tamou and Matt Scott face up to a combination that could form England’s World Cup front row. Late team changes before South Sydney’s 32-4 win over Gold Coast on Saturday resulted in Sam and […]