Rugby League World Cup

Hawaii match has “zero strategic value” for rugby league in America, says RLWC 2025 man

By STEVE MASCORD A MEMBER of the consortium hosting the 2021 World Cup has described the proposed Australia-Tonga international in Hawaii this October as having...

The Sleeping Giant Stirs

This story originally appeared in the official 2017 Rugby League World Cup magazine By STEVE MASCORD IT’S 2002. A story appears in a match program much...

World Cup Touchstones with Steve Mascord – Top 10 tournament highlights

By STEVE MASCORD 10. Series launch, Brisbane, November 22. (function(t,e,i,d){var o=t.getElementById(i),n=t.createElement(e);o.style.height=250;o.style.width=300;o.style.display='inline-block';n.id='ibb-widget',n.setAttribute('src',('https:'===t.location.protocol?'https://':'http://')+d),n.setAttribute('width','300'),n.setAttribute('height','250'),n.setAttribute('frameborder','0'),n.setAttribute('scrolling','no'),o.appendChild(n)})(document,'iframe','ibb-widget-root-728401771',"banners.itunes.apple.com/banner.html?partnerId=&aId=1000lqwZ&bt=catalog&t=catalog_black&id=728401771&c=gb&l=en-GB&w=300&h=250&store=apps"); THE day after England warm up with a big win against Affiliated States in Perth, it’s...

RLIF chairman hints at Pacific Cup return

RUGBY League International Federation chairman Nigel Wood has foreshadowed the return of the Pacific Cup in the wake of outstanding performances by Oceania countries...

World Cup Rock, Paper Scissors: Week five

By STEVE MASCORD ROCK SOME of the hits during the World Cup final didn’t just rock Suncorp Stadium – they rocked the respective craniums of England...

Discord: Why I am again embarrassed to be associated with rugby league

By STEVE MASCORD WELCOME to rugby league, the sport that doesn’t let players go overseas for internationals. I was once asked, publicly, by colleague Martin Sadler...

World Cup Touchstones with Steve Mascord – Week six

By STEVE MASCORD THE day after the final match of the international season always feels like the circus has left town. (function(t,e,i,d){var o=t.getElementById(i),n=t.createElement(e);o.style.height=250;o.style.width=300;o.style.display='inline-block';n.id='ibb-widget',n.setAttribute('src',('https:'===t.location.protocol?'https://':'http://')+d),n.setAttribute('width','300'),n.setAttribute('height','250'),n.setAttribute('frameborder','0'),n.setAttribute('scrolling','no'),o.appendChild(n)})(document,'iframe','ibb-widget-root-728401771',"banners.itunes.apple.com/banner.html?partnerId=&aId=1000lqwZ&bt=catalog&t=catalog_black&id=728401771&c=gb&l=en-GB&w=300&h=250&store=apps"); Adding to that sensation,...

World Cup Rock, Paper, Scissors: Week four

By STEVE MASCORD ROCK MORE than 24 hours after that amazing World Cup semi-final, I caught a cab across Auckland, from Mt Wellington to Half Moon...

World Cup Touchstones with Steve Mascord – Week five

By STEVE MASCORD THERE’S a flipside to all this, I am assured; a glass half-empty perspective on the emergence of Fiji and Tonga as rugby...

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,...

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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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