Sandow Coy On NRL Return

By STEVE MASCORD CHRIS Sandow says the quality of his football will determine whether he returns to the NRL when his Warrington contract expires at the end of next year. The former Parramatta no.7 is one game away from a Challenge Cup final at Wembley after the Wolves’ 20-18 success on Friday night at Halliwell […]

DISCORD 2014: Can Duncan Thompson’s ‘Contract Football’ Save Rugby League?

By STEVE MASCORD EARLY in a recent Super League game, commentator Paul Cullen remarked: “We’ve been going for 10 minutes and there’s not a blade of grass that’s not been stood on”. Leaving aside the double negative, you can picture the sort of game Cullen was describing – touchline to touchline attack, from the outset. […]

Fullblood: An Englishman Who Plays For Ireland & Lives In Queensland

By STEVE MASCORD PROFESSIONAL rugby league players get a bad rap. At best, they are seen as mindless automatons, oblivous to the nuances of life around them, trained wholely to run at brick walls and tackle semi-trailers. At worse, our football stars are portrayed as oafish, neanderthal hoons with no regard for anyone but themselves. […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Four

By STEVE MASCORD SORRY but Discord doesn’t believe Warrington coach Tony Smith did anything wrong by helping Sydney Roosters prepare for the World Club Challenge. Wigan coach Shaun Wane has described it as “sad” that Warrington would help the Roosters tactically, including a video session and an opposed training session. “But I take it as […]

Comment: The NRL Auckland Nines Must Expand

By STEVE MASCORD PROMOTERS of the Auckland Nines aren’t keen to add teams next year – but if the concept is to be of any lasting benefit to rugby league aside from generating truckloads of cash, the NRL must insist on it. A full house at Eden Park yesterday saw nines league revived at the […]

WHITE LINE FEVER Podcast: Episode 56

Bowen ‘Definitely’ Does Not Want To Retire

By STEVE MASCORD NORTH Queensland icon Matt Bowen says he does not want to retire at the end of the season, lending weight to speculation linking him with Warrington. The 31-year-old fullback, off contract at the end of the season, bounced back to something approaching his best on Saturday night against Canberra after he was […]

The A-List: BRETT HODGSON (Warrington, City & New South Wales)

By STEVE MASCORD IT’S August 25 2012, three minutes into the second half of the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Warrington’s veteran Australian fullback Brett Hodgson has just been smashed by Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai and 79,180 fans are hushed as he receives treatment. The 34-year-old eventually gets to his feet, moves around a […]


By STEVE MASCORD IT’S all very well to write a column like this and outline what you think should happen, or should have happened, and why. But with all the debate going on about the Auckland Nines, I found myself so fired up and passionate about a proposal that I wrote it down formally and […]