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 […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 39

By STEVE MASCORD THE Cronulla-to-Queensland story raises a couple of pressing questions for the NRL. One: is relocation a viable model to satisfy expansion ambitions? Two: is it morally defensible to take with one hand, in the form of drugs sanctions, and then give back with the other, in the form of relocation allowances, if […]


By STEVE MASCORD THE news out of Wigan the other day prompted media reactions on either side of the globe which were, Travels believe, out of step with reality. In Australia, Sam Tomkins’ signing with the New Zealand Warriors was downpage brief in even the most enthusiastic rugby league paper, the Daily Telegraph. Perhaps it […]

England May Be Forced To Play ‘Home’ Internationals In Australia

By STEVE MASCORD ENGLAND may start playing mid-season internationals in the southern hemisphere in response to the increasing number of Test stars joining NRL clubs. Wigan fullback Sam Tomkins is thought to have agreed to terms with the Warriors, joining a host of other Super League imports and England-eligible players across the League in 2014. […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 16

DUGAN UNCHAINED, PART 57 DESPITE the complications alcohol and social media have each caused him, NSW and St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan still seems to really like both. After reports emerged on Sunday that police were called after he was seen sitting in a boat parked outside a Sutherland Shire house and rowdily pretending […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round Seven

TOUGH ON EVERYONE AT this point, three days later, debating the merits of Friday’s Jon Mannah/ASADA story would probably only serve to reheat an emotional imbroglio which should be just started to cool down. That’s the last thing anyone needs. If Cronulla have written to ASADA, effectively dobbing themselves in over the administering of Peptides […]


By STEVE MASCORD ON Saturday, I found myself watching half an hour of a NSW Cup game between Canterbury and Illawarra on television and the term “dual registration” popped into my mind. I’m sure there are plenty of you out there for whom the expression conjures up the image of Satan himself. But in Australia, […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition Three

By STEVE MASCORD NORMALLY in Discord, we throw up some strident opinion or another and offer you the opportunity to agree or disagree. But this week, I’m going to give you a topic rather than an opinion and simply open the floor to you. Michael Jennings swapping clubs two months before the start of the […]

WHITE LINE FEVER Podcast: Episode 22

Steve Lukather, Sam Tomkins & Ashton Sims