Bondi Beat

Some NRL stars get paid as much as a whole Super League team, according to Wigan boss

SOME NRL players earn as much as an entire Super League squad, according to Wigan’s executive director Kris Radlinski. The former Lance Todd Trophy...

BONDI BEAT: December 2017

By STEVE MASCORD THE other day, sitting in a backyard in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, I found myself using the expression “bury the lead”. It’s something journalists,...

Trbojevic Tournament In Doubt, Burgess Out Til Quarters

By STEVE MASCORD AUSTRALIA forward Jake Trbojevic's World Cup is in doubt due to a pectoral muscle injury while England's Sam Burgess will likely be...

Bennett Alarm Bells For Australia’s Broncos

By STEVE MASCORD WAYNE Bennett’s Brisbane Broncos charges say there are foreboding signs for Australia as the English squad touches down in Perth. Bennett’s northern hemisphere-based...

We Got Issues: World Club Challenge

By STEVE MASCORD BRITISH readers, I am willing to bet, are completely unaware of this. What’s more, I am guessing most of those who are...

Home & Away: In Camp With England

By STEVE MASCORD CMON! That’s a fire alarm!” James “Jammer” Graham is glaring at his team-mates as they sit scattered around the mezzanine level at the...

The story that made rugby league in 2017 unforgettable and personal

By STEVE MASCORD  WHAT will you remember most about rugby league in 2017? I’m guessing for many of you, it will be last week’s semi-finals. Who...

Taumalolo Declines To Back Kidwell

TONGA World Cup recruit Jason Taumalolo has refused to denounce reports a falling out with coach David Kidwell was behind the decision to snub...

From the 2017 Challenge Cup final programme: Peter Sterling on Hull FC

By STEVE MASCORD PETER Sterling wants to get a few things off his chest when it comes to this afternoon’s game. Hull FC’s superstar scrumhalf in...

Bondi Beat: August 2017

By STEVE MASCORD COULD apathy and poverty actually give us the much-mooted World Club Challenge at a neutral venue that enterprise and daring could not? So...

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Discord: The gentle socialism that’s been nurturing English rugby league

By STEVE MASCORD I AM betting what dominated my thinking as I watched Hull KR bravely battle Castleford before succumbing by 20 is not what...

New IRL eligibility rules crack down on players switching nations

By STEVE MASCORD JACKSON Hastings and Ronaldo Mulitalo are among the players most affected by changes to the International Rugby League eligibility rules announced today. The...

IRL leaning towards nations co-hosting 2025 World Cup

By STEVE MASCORD INTERNATIONAL Rugby League officials are leaning towards several countries co-hosting the 2025 World Cup. The tournament was to be held in the United...

Premium: Ottawa in for 2020 – but what of New York?

By JOHN DAVIDSON IT's the news nobody is particularly surprised by. Ottawa will join the League 1 competition in 2021, the third tier of English rugby...

The Roaring 2020s: Are we ready for a wave of code-breakers?

By STEVE MASCORD IN 2008, then-Penrith chief executive Mick Leary received a letter from the Maltese Rugby League. It was a request for utility star Jarrod...

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