FAR & WIDE: United States, Tonga, Fiji, Canada, Spain, Serbia, Ireland, Czech Republic

By STEVE MASCORD THE 2016 Ohana Cup at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium has been run and won, with organisers hailing the ever-expanding festival as a success. Samoa enjoyed a big 40-6 win over Tonga while Fiji beat newcomers Canada 26-12. That was a pretty good debut for the Wolverines, considering half their side was back in […]

Far & Wide: July 27 2015

By STEVE MASCORD OFFICIALS are hailing this year’s Ohana Cup at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium as the best yet, with Samoa thrilling around 8000 fans in their 20-4 win over Tonga. The Hawaiian Rugby League are still trying to lure Penrith and Brisbane to the holiday isle, despite the reservations of the NRL, and plan to […]

World Cup fourth quarter-final: FIJI 22 SAMOA 4 at Halliwell Jones Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD FIJIAN players are no longer star-struck by Australia and will come up with some trick shots for their World Cup semi-final at Wembley, the Bati’s coach and captain say. It’s believed the rugby league team will be the first in any sport to represent the Pacific nation at arguably the world’s most […]

World Cup: SAMOA 22 FRANCE 6 at Stade Gilbert Brutus

By STEVE MASCORD FRANCE coach Richard Agar accused NRL referee Henry Perenara of being “weak” and jokingly questioned whether he was a New Zealander or a Samoan following a rugged end to the group stages of the World Cup. The Samoans had three players reported a total of four times and one of them – […]

FIVE LESSONS FROM THE 2014 FOUR NATIONS

By STEVE MASCORD SAM Devereux was a referee. He would wear a cap during matches, which made him look almost exactly like AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, fresh out of a time machine. In 1928, the expatriot Englishman controlled a rugby league Test at the Caledonian Ground in Dunedin. Until the just-completed Four Nations, it was […]

World Cup: SAMOA 38 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 4 at Craven Park

By STEVE MASCORD ANTHONY Milford is playing fullback – a position likely closed off to him if he succeeds in joining Brisbane next year – at the World Cup simply because he wants to, coach Matt Parish has revealed. The 19-year-old, centre of a tug-o-war between Canberra and Brisbane for his services in 2014, was […]

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season Week Seven

By STEVE MASCORD McNAMARA STAYS ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has been retained. When asked by Set of Six what process would determine who has the job next year, Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood told us: “There is no process because there is no vacancy. Steve is 12 months into a two year contract.” […]

Four Nations: NEW ZEALAND 14 SAMOA 12 at Toll Stadium, Whangarei

By STEVE MASCORD FURIOUS coach Matt Parish claimed Samoa had been treated “like second class citizens” after another agonising late defeat at the Four Nations. A 75th minute try by centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall saved the Kiwis from suffering the first loss by a top-three country in the history of the tournament – but Parish was […]

FAR & WIDE: Number 47

By STEVE MASCORD THE details are finally through for the mid-year international which will determine who becomes the fourth side in this year’s Four Nations. Samoa will play Fiji in at Centrebet Stadium on Saturday May 3 in a clash certain to rock the foundations of the venue. Both sides are looking to call in […]