Rugby League’s American Civil War Ends; AMNRL Likely To Fold

By STEVE MASCORD THE battle for control of rugby league in America is over, with the establishment AMNRL telling the International Federation it will not be applying for full membership status. The decision leaves the breakaway USARL as the only governing body for the the sport in the United States. The AMNRL did not run […]

American Civil War Wages On

By STEVE MASCORD YOU know how it was supposed to happen. The United States Tomahawks would shrug off criticism that they were just a bunch of Aussies who went to a bucks weekend in Vegas, capture the hearts of everyone at the World Cup, make the quarter-finals and with the glow of their success still […]

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 […]

BONDI BEAT: March 2014

By STEVE MASCORD THE issue of Sam Burgess’s departure from South Sydney has prompted much analysis and hand-wringing about his place in South Sydney, England, the NRL and rugby league in general. Why is he leaving, as appeared likely at the time of writing? How much will he be missed by these four institutions? What […]

FAR & WIDE: Number 46

By STEVE MASCORD RUGBY League’s lucky number at the moment seems to be nine. Following on from last week’s item about the AMNRL and USARL going their separate ways once more this year, the former has put out a media release saying it will play against teams in the latter in … a nines tournament. […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Five

By STEVE MASCORD IT’s a popular sport among a certain section of rugby league fans in Australia to make fun of Super League, which kicks off on Friday night with Wigan playing Huddersfield. But consider this: Super League now has a naming rights sponsor, a new and ambitious competition structure and a television rights deal extending to […]

FAR & WIDE: Number 45

By STEVE MASCORD THE AMNRL is preparing to announce its program for the year following confirmation there will again be two competitions in the United States. The AMNRL, which runs the Tomahawks national team, and rival USARL had been involved in peace talks for much of last year and a framework for a merger was […]

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 […]

WHITE LINE FEVER Podcast: Episode 55