Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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

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...

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

Storm coach Craig Bellamy:

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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Only coaches can effectively encourage players to ditch the disrespect

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Roy Masters If there was one action that infuriated rugby league’s old timers more than Michael Ennis’ disrespect to Cameron Smith, it was the lack of response from the Melbourne pack.

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Port and the Storm: Craig Bellamy and Ken Hinkley team up

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Roy Masters Melbourne Storm entered enemy territory for their first training session in the lead up to Sunday’s semi-final against Canterbury.

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Restructured Wests Tigers likely to ask Marina Go to lead board

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Roy Masters The NRL is poised to have its first chairwoman under the new drive for independent directorships.

Why Stephen Dank is still the most important player in ASADA scandal

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Roy Masters Stephen Dank, the most reviled man in football’s supplements saga, has suddenly become the most significant.

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Sharks players shown 30 pages of ASADA documents before taking deal

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Roy Masters A compelling 30-page document, including an appendix of exhibits, was presented to past and present Cronulla players before their final admissions of the use of banned supplements.

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Cronulla Sharks players off the hook if they admit to being 'doped and duped'

Sharks in the city: Cronulla’s Wade Graham and Nathan Gardner.

Roy Masters If Sharks players admit they were ‘‘doped and duped’’ during the supplements program in place at Cronulla during the 2011 season they will receive a three-week playing ban...

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ASADA saga likely to drag on for another three years

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Roy Masters Forget the fat lady. In sport’s drug cases, it’s usually not over until the final appeal court judge sings.

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Cronulla Sharks players may escape with one-month bans from ASADA

Long year: Paul Gallen.

Roy Masters Some of the Cronulla players accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs in 2011 could escape with a ban of as little as four weeks during the off season.

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2014 one of the toughest for NRL coaches

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Roy Masters Part pedagogue, part demagogue is an apt description of the coach in the old Sydney first grade rugby league competition. A teacher and vocal leader. 

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Stubborn NRL issues that need to be tackled

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Roy Masters While the year has thrown up new challenges, some of the old problems persist, indeed intensify, making coaches as sleep-deprived as new parents.

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Wayne Bennett's hopes of Andrew Gee's return to Broncos dashed

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Roy Masters Strict new NRL accreditation rules mean coach Wayne Bennett will not be able to bring the highly regarded Broncos football manager, Andrew Gee, back to the club.