FAR & WIDE: United States, Malta, Norway, Czech Republic, Jamaica, Canada, Wales, Germany, Thailand

By STEVE MASCORD JACKSONVILLE Axemen have been the outstanding team of American rugby league for the last decade but they were toppled in the USARL grand final a couple of weekends back. Northern Conference champions Philadelphia Fight took out the big one 42-20 at Boston University after eliminating the local club the previous week. The […]

WHITE LINE FEVER Podcast: Episode 80

FAR & WIDE: Number One 2015

By STEVE MASCORD TOP flight rugby league is kicking off early, and in unusual surrounds, this Sunday when Leeds play the United States Pioneers at the University of Northern Florida in Jacksonville. The Rhinos have been to Florida for pre-season camps three times previously. On this occasion, they have brought in several players from their […]

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 […]

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season week one

By STEVE MASCORD 1. WHAT IN THE WORLD? ACCORDING to the Rugby League International Federation constitution, the gates of all Tests are to be levied with the money going into central funds. The levy is supposed to apply, as a percentage, the same to Saturday’s Vanuatu-Niue game in Port Vila as April’s Australia-New Zealand match […]

FAR & WIDE: Number 43

By STEVE MASCORD BUMMED out because you’re not going to the World Cup? Never fear: there is a big day of international footy coming up in Sydney, with seven games at the same venue on the same day! Lebanon will take on a Fijian combination made up of non-RLWC players at Club Italia, Lansvale, on […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 35

By STEVE MASCORD JUST under a decade ago, the National Rugby League made it known that a team which relocates could receive up to $11 million from the administration. The availability of the incentive was a tacit acknowledgement that there were too many teams in Sydney but that saving the history and intellectual property of […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 34

By STEVE MASCORD THERE’S almost too much to talk about this week: the latest Cronulla developments, the sacking for David Furner & the possibility of Ben Barba being banned from playing against Canterbury as part of any release to Brisbane. So we’ll give all three of them a miss for now. Not much to add […]

FAR & WIDE: Number 37

By STEVE MASCORD WE’RE pleased to confirm that Malta will be taking on Italy at Livorno on September 6!* The international, which we foreshadowed in a previous column, has just been confirmed and means the Azzurri will have a better World Cup preparation than most of their rivals. Livorno is near Pisa. The countries are […]