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Steve Mascord

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Steve Mascord has covered rugby league in 15 countries and worked for most media organisations that regularly feature the sport, on both sides of the globe. He started off as an 18-year-old cadet at Australian Associated Press, transferring to the Sydney Morning Herald just in time to go on the last full Kangaroos Tour in 1994. He spent three years at Sydney's Daily Telegraph from 2006 before going freelance at the conclusion of the 2008 World Cup. Steve is the author of the book Touchstones, host of the White Line Fever podcast, partner in international rugby league merchandise start-up Mascord Brownz and proprietor of rugbyleaguehub.com and hotmetalonline.com. He is married to Sarah and spends most of his time in London.

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It’s a bunch of officials kicked out mate. A board. They didn’t need the board to compete last year and they won’t need the board this year either. There’ll just be a new board.

State of the not-union 2020

By implication, yes. Simply by being extremely religious, one assumes Folau doesn’t agree with homosexuality. But he said it – repeatedly, despite warnings. I haven’t said I wish ill upon religious people or that I don’t like them. You might assume it. That’s one big difference. Secondly, you chose to be religious. You don’t chose to be gay. Criticising someone over a choice is surely less odious than criticising them over something they can’t change.

Israel Folau and the governing bodies who are powerless to govern

There are only people on retainers, none on staff.

Israel Folau and the governing bodies who are powerless to govern

Folau has not even threatened to sue, as far as I know. Surely if they hold the view expressed in their statements, they could have at least tried to follow what they themselves professed to believe as right … until he DID threaten to sue.

Israel Folau and the governing bodies who are powerless to govern

I said nothing about religious people – just religion.

Israel Folau and the governing bodies who are powerless to govern

Perhaps lazy but how is it hypocritical? Are you suggesting I’m secretly religious?

Israel Folau and the governing bodies who are powerless to govern

Wrong time of the year though. Super League season runs parallel to the NRL.

Can non-NRL rugby league be sold more effectively to Australians?

To say I write a column every week because I am payed to does not equal making things up, by the way.

Days of NRL raids on England's stars could be numbered

I’m glad you liked it. I wasn’t being sarcastic, just reporting the banal truth!

Days of NRL raids on England's stars could be numbered

You’re close. I am paid to do a piece a week for The Roar. This is quite simply the best I could do this week. Every week is just the most interesting thing I can think up. There is no overarching strategy except putting in a monthly invoice.

Days of NRL raids on England's stars could be numbered

I was shooting for the fire eater and the lion tamer, actually.

The National Rugby League chairman thinks five hours on a plane is too much

It would be where it is now – pre-season, two weekends instead of one.

Should eligibility for the World Club Championship be based on nationality?

Yes! You got me!

Should eligibility for the World Club Championship be based on nationality?

mascordbrownz.com.au . We will restock before the weekend.

Why rugby league has got the Great Britain Lions all wrong

No. I live in London.

The huge – and long overdue – change in Australian rugby league

Great post Papi but I care about what I care about. At 50 I’m not going to start caring about something because I am told to. I cheer rugby league against other sports the way you cheer Souths. That’s my passion.

What rugby league really means to us

No. I like the actual thing of music infinitely more than I like the actual thing of rugby league. There’s light years between them in that regard. If I could get more paid work in music right now, I suspect I’d drop this caper completely. But there was a fork in the road 30 years ago and I took the one marked “rugby league”…

What rugby league really means to us

What a lovely post. It’s not hard for a comment at the bottom of a story of mine to outshine the story – happens all the time – but this is one of my favourite examples.

What rugby league really means to us

It’s just a game mate, something to do and talk to people about. A way to fill in time before you’re filling in a grave. Winning, losing, right decision, wrong decision … what does it really matter? If it doesn’t help you enjoy life, walk away! It won’t miss you if you don’t miss it!

What rugby league really means to us

Salford rarely get more than 5000 and on a Thursday night against another poor drawing team from the other side of the Pennines – with an accident on the M62 – I was stunned there were that many there.

Huddersfield hooker 'out cold' after tackle attempt gone wrong

The Roar are free to publish or not publish the column and set any parameters they wish. I’m free to submit a column on any topic that crosses my mind. If I’m bored writing about football, I’ll write something like this.

The thing no one wants to say about Israel Folau

I’ve got no responsibility to treat these issues proportionately. I am not an NRL or rugby league roundsman anymore. I no longer have the platform to do this even if I had the inclination. I write one column a week on The Roar. It works like this: “er, what can I write about?” I even ask Twitter most weeks. If I’ve not go a new idea I go back back to a thought I had before and did not write about. That’s what happened here. I don’t HAVE to write about anything and equally there is no obligation NOT to write about anything. The privileges of poverty.

The thing no one wants to say about Israel Folau

Pay this guy my pocket money this week. My column should be a comment under this, not the other way around.

The thing no one wants to say about Israel Folau

Yes mate it’s on Sky and people in the north have parties. I am going to Belushi’s in Camden tomorrow for a watch party but will be all Aussies. It is very, very big in the league community but the general public are completely oblivious to it – they’re oblivious to rugby league generally. It doesn’t transcend the sport.

Making trouble? It's a tough job, but...

now I’ve no desire to go too far down this rabbit hole but in the case of lots of prejudice and bigotry, it’s important to consider the concept of historical debt. Women can objectify men openly whereas the reverse is less and less true because men have always done it. Black Americans can use the ‘N’ word amongst themselves but whites can’t use it at all because they’ve always been the oppressors repressed. Who is doing it is at least as important as what is being done. One of the underpinning principles of the so-called PC world is the fact that we have to repay the debts of our forebears. I am completely OK with that. It DOES NOT go both ways. We have to accept it. I think it’s quite fair.

Making trouble? It's a tough job, but...