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 […]

The A-List: FRANK PRITCHARD (Hull, New Zealand & Samoa)

By STEVE MASCORD “WHEN he walked into training, the session stopped,” Hull coach Lee Radford says. “That doesn’t happen for me, I can’t do that.” It’s early in the season. The wind howls in off the North Sea. It’s pretty much dark by 5.30pm. Not far from the front door of Hull FC’s striking KC […]

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: ITALY 16 TONGA 0 at The New Shay

By STEVE MASCORD IT’s likely the first time in any World Cup, in any sport, that players from one nation’s team donned the uniform of another, presented jerseys before kick-off and cheered a “rival” country from the dugout. Fresh off the plane from Ireland after their final pool match, Australia’s Michael Jennings and Andrew Fifita […]

World Cup: TONGA 22 COOK ISLANDS 16 at Leigh Sports Village

By STEVE MASCORD COOK Islands winger Jordan Rapana wrote himself into international rugby league folklore with a spectacular bombed try – and then told his coach he would have converted it to tie an epic World Cup battle with Tonga. It took 23 years for Great Britain winger Martin Offiah’s in-goal fumble in Christchurch to […]

World Cup: SCOTLAND 26 TONGA 24 at Derwent Park, Workington

By STEVE MASCORD LUKE Douglas’ fellow Scotland Bravehearts told him his mother was smiling down on them. Scotland, 500-1 outsiders at the Rugby League World Cup, scored their greatest ever win on Tuesday night when they surrendered a 20-4 halftime lead to a star-studded Tonga and then surged back to snatch victory in at Workington’s […]

Sam Moa Is Still Ton Gan

By STEVE MASCORD IT sounds like a territorial dispute in the Pacific when you say it out loud: Tonga and New Zealand fight over Sam Moa. But despite being linked to the Kiwis for the Anzac Test, Sydney Roosters forward Moa isn’t jumping ship on Tonga’s bid for a World Cup semi-final berth. Kiwis coach […]

The A-List: ANDREW FIFITA (Cronulla, City, NSW, Indigenous All Stars & Tonga)

By STEVE MASCORD WHEN Andrew Fifita talks about “the coal train”, he’s not making a reference to Dave Taylor. He’s talking about an actual coal train. “It’s when we were down in Griffith that I found it,” the NSW prop says, recalling a vivid childhood memory. “Not walking around but jumping on the trains … […]

Hurrell Says He Wanted ‘A Piece’ Of Inglis

By STEVE MASCORD RAMPAGING Warrior Konrad “Hurricane” Hurrell says he wanted “a piece” of Greg Inglis when he powered past the world’s best player on his way to one of the individual tries of the season last Sunday. Hurrell swatted South Sydney opposite Bryson Goodwin and then prompted a headclash between fullback Inglis and second […]