Steve Mascord

Steve Mascord

Jarryd Hayne should be used as a Messiah to spread the good word of rugby league

Steve Mascord Jarryd Hayne's move to the San Francisco 49ers can be seen through a number of prisms, some positive, some negative.

NRL amassing war chest to win battle of the codes and take rugby league into new markets

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Steve Mascord When you appoint a banker as your CEO, you're not looking to become a charity. A war chest is being amassed for the battle of the codes and taking the brand to offshore markets is clearly on the...

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Stadium deal could decide future of Gold Coast Titans

Steve Mascord It is gratifying for Gold Coast’s players that a new management for the Titans does not endanger their contracts – but the impact of the change of ownership on another contract could...

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Broncos lobby to host World Club Series in Brisbane

Covered: Josh Charnley of the Wigan Warriors is tackled by Brisbane's Aaron Whitchurch in their World Club Series clash.

Steve Mascord Broncos chief executive Paul White says he’d like to host the World Club Series in Brisbane, claiming it would be an attractive drawcard for the state government.

World Club Series set to live up to its name with New Zealand and French connection

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Steve Mascord New Zealand Warriors and Catalans are set to become permanent fixtures in the World Club Series as soon as next year.

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Wayne Bennett unconcerned about his All Star team potentially being replaced by Pacific All Stars

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Steve Mascord NRL All Stars coach Wayne Bennett would have no problem with his team being replaced by a Pacific selection in next year's clash with the Indigenous side at Suncorp Stadium.

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There can be no argument: South Sydney Rabbitohs' actions over John Sutton were a cover-up

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Steve Mascord It seems that as far as the NRL and the clubs are concerned, as long as they tell each other what's going on they don't owe the rest of us anything.

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All Stars game not enough to reboot league on Gold Coast

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Steve Mascord Sluggish ticket sales for the All Stars game on the Gold Coast are indicative of two things: a concept that has lost a little bit of shine in a market that has lost a lot of interest in rugby league.

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Official verdict is in: NRL's experiment an imperfect 10

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Rory O'Brien of the Dragons is tackled by the Souths defence during the 2015 Charity Shield NRL pre-season match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on February 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Steve Mascord The poor old refs almost copped the ultimate punishment for trying something different in having 10 match officials on duty at the Charity Shield.

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NRL Magic Weekend a positive step in the hunt for new frontiers

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Steve Mascord The talk of an NRL Magic Weekend at Eden Park should be taken seriously. The idea has support where it matters.

Auckland could one day warrant NRL round of its own, promoters say

Ideas man: Heath L'Estrange wants the Nines to become a Magic Weekend.

Steve Mascord Counting their dollars after a second wildly successful NRL Nines, the promoters have set their sites on a ‘‘Magic Weekend’’, with an entire round of matches to be played at...

London, this is the NRL calling and do we have a deal for you

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Steve Mascord In the mid-1980s, spotty me opened up Rugby League Week and came across an article by the venerable Tony Durkin.

Shane Richardson can drive rugby league on the world stage

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Steve Mascord The appointment of Shane Richardson to what is essentially the second most senior post at the NRL is simultaneously a huge boon for the international game and terrible embarrassment to it.

Crowded fixtures, postponed meetings: players' union struggling to sit down with NRL

Steve Mascord The NRL has repeatedly postponed meetings with the Rugby League Players Association over the fixture schedule and concerns regarding burnout, according to union official Anthony Quinn.

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Time for NRL coaches to end this deafening silence

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Steve Mascord "The boys have are the fittest they’ve ever been” used to be a pre-season cliché in rugby league reporting – charming and harmless.

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Five things rugby could offer league in return

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Steve Mascord Last week’s (should that be last year’s?) column, in which we suggested the NRL should look into owning at least part of the Australian Rugby Union, certainly attracted plenty of...

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NRL should buy a stake in ARU to increase code's marketability

Rugby league needs to strengthen its international component.

Steve Mascord As we look towards 2015, Australia is actually one of the less interesting territories where rugby league is played, even if it remains the most significant.

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DISCORD

Why I gave my Golden Boot vote to Shaun Johnson

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Steve Mascord I voted in this year’s Golden Boot Award and I voted for Shaun Johnson – even though I don’t believe he is the best rugby league player in the world.

NRL needs to get on board with NFL's 'National Rugby Football League'

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Steve Mascord Willis McGahee is a former running back with the Cleveland Browns who is about to do what is now being termed a reverse-Hayne.

We are all equal, but some clubs are more equal than others

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Steve Mascord As the National Rugby League grapples with the future of its fixture calendar and how it interacts with broadcasters, it's important to point out a logic gap in the way it does business.

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