BONDI BEAT: January 2015

By STEVE MASCORD ROB Peter to pay Paul. Give with the left hand and take with the right. Better the devil you know. Rugby league has always loved clichés and as the Australian authorities belatedly look at rationalising their fixture list and recognising the importance of international football, Bondi Beat is put in mind of […]

Richo: I Have A Dream

Shane Richardson says the running of the international game makes him angry – and here provides solutions to the problems.

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season Week One 2014

SANDOW SIN BIN WHEN we went to Parramatta with claims Chris Sandow had played in an aboriginal knockout and been sent off for a shoulder charge followed by an elbow, Eels CEO Scott Seward told us: “He had permission to play. He passed a medical and the coach gave him his blessing. Chrissy has told […]

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 […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 22

By STEVE MASCORD 1. ‘FIXTURE’ IN NAME ONLY? THE NRL is adamant it won’t be forced to back down over another potential fixture clash with the AFL a week after revising their draw because ANZ Stadium was double-booked. On September 6, South Sydney are due to host Sydney Roosters at Homebush in a game that […]

Souths To Return To Cairns For Next Two Years

By STEVE MASCORD SOUTH Sydney are set to take games to Cairns for at least the next two years after Sunday’s unqualified success against Gold Coast. There were estimates that the premiership match at Barlow Park pumped around $1.7 million into the local economy, justifying the investment by Events Queensland in the fixture. “We’re coming […]


By STEVE MASCORD WE certainly picked the right time to kick off our World Rugby League Power List in 2012 – if only because it bore little resemblance to rankings we now present to you 12 months later. Last June, the game had just lost NRL chief executive David Gallop, who went to the FFA, […]

Sliding Doors, Consumed Chickens – The Story Of The Burgess Brothers

By STEVE MASCORD SOMETIME soon, maybe next year, Sam, Luke, Tom and George Burgess will become the first set of four brothers to play together in a premiership match since 1910. And the tale of how it came to pass will go back much further than you think, to late June 2004. Chris Caisley, then […]

Rugby League Should Care More About Crowds, Says Souths Boss

By STEVE MASCORD SOUTH Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson has claimed rugby league doesn’t care enough about crowds and should follow the AFL’s lead by making attendance figures top priority. Speaking as his side prepares to take on the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium tonight, Richardson told The Age his club had received little help […]