Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

State of Origin: NSW will get better, but it won't be enough to beat Maroons

Roy Masters The Blues will improve, but the Maroons will have the edge in this Origin series

NRL could use NFL 'Deflategate' as model for investigations

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Roy Masters Text messages may become a new focus for NRL investigators.

Rule proves Penrith Panthers were dudded by referees against Brisbane Broncos

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Roy Masters The NRL referees' "pane of glass" has become the NRL players' pain in the arse. Penrith coach Ivan Cleary was right to blow up about a crucial call in their loss to Brisbane.

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Why Adam Reynolds is the most important player for the South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Roy Masters How Adam Reynolds' absence combined with the new zero tackle rule hurt the Rabbitohs.

Traditional Sydney rugby league school replaced by team from Melbourne's outer suburbs

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Roy Masters A Sydney high school which unearthed a lode of rugby league talent has withdrawn from NSW's top schoolboy competition, only to be replaced by a team from the outer suburbs of Melbourne.

Coaching deals to be included in changes to NRL round 13 contract rules

Roy Masters Changes to the round 13 contract clause for NRL players will also include coaching deals, with massive fines likely rules are broken.

Rugby league is now a game for right-wingers

Roy Masters Politicians are supporting AFL rather than NRL.

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Anzac Day hero Ted Larkin - the politician, soldier and athlete who died at Gallipoli

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Roy Masters Ted Larkin was a rugby international and league official who paid the ultimate price in World War I.

Interchange rule rethink shows why Wayne Bennett is signing up the nippy, little players

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Roy Masters "We cannot have coaches dictating the rules of our game," is a comment I've heard or read NRL football operations boss Todd Greenberg make a dozen times.

How the Super League war changed the game

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Roy Masters Were the innovations introduced during the Super League war good or bad for the code?

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Inglis, Tedesco, Stewart, Tuivasa-Sheck: NRL has never had it so good at fullback

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Roy Masters No.1 has become the most important number for NRL clubs.

Karmichael Hunt's soft punishment presents tricky situation for Greg Bird and fellow Gold Coast Titans teammates facing charges

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Roy Masters The token sentence handed Karmichael Hunt in the Southport Magistrate’s Court for use of cocaine poses a difficult predicament for those Titans who have signalled their intent to plead not...

Why the NRL and AFL are looking at $2 billion deals in next TV negotiations

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Roy Masters A two billion dollar broadcast rights deal is within reach of both the NRL and AFL, provided they follow the lead of cricket, says Australia's leading expert on sports media rights.

Seven-point plant for NRL's TV rights windfall

Roy Masters With the NRL season kicking off this weekend, Fairfax Media asked Global Media and Sports box, Colin Smith, how the code had to innovate to yield $2b in broadcast fees.

Timing of player arrests brings into question crime commission's role

Roy Masters Football bosses are puzzled by Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission's motive and strategy in naming and shaming past and present NRL players in a south east Queensland cocaine ring, before...

WADA unlikely to impose penalties on players charged with cocaine offences

Roy Masters A new approach to "trafficking" under the 2015 WADA Code means the supply of cocaine charges levelled against eight past and present Titans players, together with the Reds Karmichael Hunt, means they...

Brisbane Broncos may be next target in drugs investigation

Prepared for the worst: The NRL are bracing for the Brisbane Broncos to be dragged into the cocaine drug scandal that has engulfed the Titans.

Adrian Proszenko and Roy Masters The NRL is bracing for Brisbane to become the next club embroiled in the cocaine scandal amid fears Broncos identities will be the next to be handed notices to appear before Queensland’s Crime...

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After South Sydney Rabbitohs slip up, NRL Integrity Unit won't let itself be fooled again

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Roy Masters In the NRL, one crisis moves over, simply to make way for the next.

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Code bosses fear Karmichael Hunt cocaine investigation could be blackest day in Australian sport

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Adrian Proszenko, Michael Carayannis and Roy Masters The blackest day in Australian sport may have occurred on Friday but it may get even worse. Adrian Proszenko and Michael Carayannis report.

How South Sydney Rabbitohs created touch football

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Roy Masters Rival clubs observed a confident swagger about NRL premiers South Sydney while in Auckland for the recent Nines's tournament.