Salford Reds Assure Parramatta They’re Not Trying To Add Hock

By STEVE MASCORD MILLIONAIRE Salford Reds owner Marwan Koukash has written to Parramatta promising not to attempt to steal England star Gareth Hock from under their noses. Rugby League Week last week reported how personal issues threatened to keep the 29-year-old back-rower in the UK – and how interest from the Reds would give him […]

Parramatta Confident Hock Deal Will Go Ahead

By STEVE MASCORD PARRAMATTA’s deal with England forward Gareth Hock is in jeopardy – but the Eels say he’ll be forced into retirement if he doesn’t show up next year. Hock is believed to have received an offer from Dr Marwan Koukash (see update below), the owner of Salford City Reds who has openly vowed […]

Super League round 16: SALFORD 28 WIDNES 22 at Etihad Stadium, Manchester

By SOPHIE ARNOLD COACH Brian Noble wasn’t getting carried away with a dramatic Magic Weekend win over Widnes, hauling Salford from the bottom of the Super League pile. Replacement Jordan James slipped through a clutch of exhausted Vikings defenders to score the match-winning try in Sunday’s opening game for a hard-fought victory. A hat-trick from […]

Ben Cross Wants To Work With Young Prop Stars

By STEVE MASCORD FORMER NSW enforcer Ben Cross wants to return to Australia and mentor young props for a living. The 34-year-old tells League Week he will likely retire at the end of this season with Widnes, although he’s open to the idea of another year of the club wants him. And when he finishes […]


By STEVE MASCORD THE old ‘Aussie take on the British game” routine has been done to death over the years – but I’m sure it’s what you’re expecting from me this week. Since about 1970, Australian media types have been talking down their noses at British players, administrators and supporters about what has to be […]

WHITE LINE FEVER Podcast: Episode 43

Doug Wimbish. Bumblefoot & Ben Cross

Super League round one: WIDNES 28 LONDON 14 at The Stoop

By STEVE MASCORD LONDON started the Super League season disastrously when centre David Howell broke an arm and captain Craig Gower suffered a worrying groin injury in a heavy home loss to Widnes. In front of just 2856 fans at the Stoop, the Broncos found themselves down 18-0 by halftime to a Widnes side which […]


By STEVE MASCORD More than 20 years before Rangi Chase, Jack Reed and Chris Heighington, you were an Australian picked in a Great Britain squad.. “Yeah, way back in 1990, I was approached by the Rugby League over here and asked if I’d make myself available. I think that was before they even realised I […]

Super League round 18: WIGAN 54 WIDNES 12 at DW Stadium

By THOMAS McCOOEY A JOSH Charnley hat-trick earned him the plaudits as he hunts the Super League record for tries in a season as Wigan coach Shaun Wayne described a 42-point victory over Widnes as “not as convincing as we wanted it to be”. With nine games to play, Charnley is now 11 tries short […]