World Cup second quarter-final: AUSTRALIA 62 UNITED STATES 0 at Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

By STEVE MASCORD IF injury realistically presented a bigger hurdle at this World Cup than many of Australia’s opponents, then it is becoming an increasingly vengeful foe. Two weeks after back rower Luke Lewis’ tournament ended in a collision with an advertising hoarding, fullback Billy Slater’s recent off-field misfortune following him onto the Racecourse Ground […]

World Cup: SCOTLAND 22 UNITED STATES 8 at Salford City Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD CAPTAIN Joseph Paulo says the United States just scoring against Australia in the World Cup quarter-finals next Saturday might be as good as victory in another game. The Tomahawks completed the pool stage of the tournament with their first defeat, 22-8 to a Scotland side inspired by a man injured in the […]

World Cup: UNITED STATES 24 WALES 16 at Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

AFTER securing a quarter-final tie against Australia, United States officials revealed that World Cup organisers had booked them on flights home before the pool stage of the tournament is even completed. The Tomahawks further enhanced their reputations a the biggest stories of the Cup by downing woeful Wales 24-16 at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground on Sunday; […]

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 […]

World Cup: UNITED STATES 32 COOK ISLANDS 20 at Memorial Ground, Bristol

By STEVE MASCORD AFTER 60 years of false dawns and half a decade of bitter civil war, American rugby league celebrated its finest hour in a midweek West Country rain squall at Bristol’s Memorial Ground. When Mike Dimitro’s American All Stars toured Australia in 1953, there were overtures for the United States to be invited […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Two

By STEVE MASCORD PEACE negotiations between rugby league’s warring bodies in the United States have collapsed, with one club posting a statement describing the AMNRL – which sent the popular USA Tomahawks to the World Cup – as “defunct”. An AMNRL source denied this but Discord has been told that a peace deal was agreed […]

BONDI BEAT: November 2013

By STEVE MASCORD ON a crisp, sunny January day in Manhattan, your correspondent walked into the headquarters of a finance company on Park Avenue and sent a text to one Curtis Cunz. Five minutes later, a giant of a man emerged from an elevator, shook my hand and escorted be to a 42nd floor boardroom […]

FAR & WIDE: Number 44

By STEVE MASCORD THE United States came back from 1-0 down in the Colonial Cup against Canada to wrap up the series 3-1 with a 30-22 win – but it was the start of another major controversy Stateside. The Tomahawks side that was subsequently chosen for the World Cup included just five players who took […]

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 […]