Roy Masters

Roy Masters

Roy Masters is a Rugby League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Why Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire was right to keep quiet about John Sutton's arrest

Roy Masters The sensitivity meter of coaches has been calibrated upwards in recent seasons as they become more attuned to the needs and feelings of players.

How Cronulla Sharks recruit Ben Barba's deal went from $1m to $2.7m

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Roy Masters Ben Barba has more than doubled his pay, despite being half the player he was.

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NRL rules rejig puts referees on the spot and coaches, players and fans in a world of confusion

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Roy Masters Rugby league in 2015 is at risk of suffering rugby union’s biggest blight: fans wondering why the referee blew his whistle.

Rival coaches question Wayne Bennett's influence over wrestling rule change

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Roy Masters An edict sent from NRL headquarters during the Christmas break, ambushing coaches with a significant new rule interpretation, has angered them, with some claiming Broncos boss Wayne Bennett is...

Canberra Raiders taking proactive steps to curb player misbehaviour

Canberra Raiders player Blake Ferguson during training at Raiders HQ.

Roy Masters Canberra Raiders are the “canary in the mineshaft” when it comes to changing the image of NRL players.

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Rugby league is winning the TV ratings battle with AFL but losing the PR war

Notorious: Todd Carney's antics are well publicised.

Roy Masters It was in a roadhouse at Beechworth, rather than on the road to Damascus, that I had my conversion on the matter of player behaviour in the NRL.

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NRL hasn't moved on from 1998 as coaches fail to tackle league's main issues

Roy Masters NRL coaches failed to agree on what direction the game should take in the future.

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NRL coaches need to change shape of game from bash and barge contest

Roy Masters Hopefully, there will be someone at Monday’s annual meeting of NRL coaches brave enough to break from the conservative, regimented, no-risk mould of power football practised in 2014.

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Bruno Cullen steps down from Brisbane Broncos after report admits failings over spending

Bowing out: Bruno Cullen.

Roy Masters Long-term Brisbane Broncos servant Bruno Cullen stepped down as chairman of the club's Red Hill leagues club at Thursday night's annual general meeting.

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Mystery of the Brisbane Broncos and the missing $300,000

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Roy Masters The Case of the Missing $300,000 is rugby league's equivalent of Russia's "we destroyed the computers."

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John Quayle comes in from the cold to bring Newcastle Knights back to the people

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Roy Masters When John Quayle was a footballer, Sydney rugby league clubs were ruled by committees, consisting of ex-players, shoe sellers and railwaymen whose knowledge of geography was confined to the location...

England and Australia to commemorate Rorke's Drift Test of 1914

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Roy Masters Thirty-five years after the Battle of Rorke's Drift - where a British Army force of 150 men fought off 3000 Zulus - the famous victory was sufficiently fresh in the minds of journalists for them to...

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Salary cap: Melbourne Storm's Craig Bellamy questions Gold Coast Titans' penalty

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Roy Masters If the NRL's recent action against Gold Coast and Brisbane following salary cap investigations is a "line in the sand", Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy wants to know whether the 2010 tidal wave that...

Canterbury Bulldogs facing $50,000 fine for grand final late arrival

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Roy Masters Canterbury will be fined a minimum of $50,000 for arriving five minutes late onto the field for the start of the grand final on Sunday.

NRL grand final: South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs epitomise a crisis-driven sport

Master and Commander: Issac Luke (left) and Russell Crowe embrace after the preliminary final victory over Sydney Roosters.

Roy Masters The NRL is a never-ending soap opera where blow-ups are measured in mega-tonnes.

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How South Sydney won over another George

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Roy Masters A photograph, printed in a Sydney newspaper on December 14, 1954, shows a Lebanese migrant at Sydney airport, holding his three year old daughter who he had never seen.

How South Sydney Rabbitohs' former leader George Piggins did his deal with News Corporation

Roy Masters The saviour of the Rabbitohs sat down in a restaurant named "The Prophet" and ended up doing a deal with the devil.

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Essendon Bombers players could face 12-month bans following Federal Court ruling

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Roy Masters Any hope that Essendon players would receive the same deal, or even better, than the month sanctions given to past and present Cronulla players evaporated on Friday when Justice John Middleton handed...

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Stephen Dank says 'the fight rolls on' after Federal Court ruling

Roy Masters The sports scientist at the centre of the supplements scandal at Essendon and Cronulla, Stephen Dank, was simultaneously dismayed but defiant at Friday’s judgement.

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Wests Tigers new board failed its first test, but restructure a smart move

Roy Masters If governance is the special skill set of Wests Tigers’ recently appointed trio of independent directors, they have already failed with the process to appoint their coach.

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