Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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Wayne Bennett to return in Brisbane Broncos shake-up

Roy Masters Wayne Bennett phoned Lachlan Murdoch on Sunday, convincing the News Corporation boss he could turn around the struggling Broncos, paving the way for him to be announced as head coach of the Brisbane...

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AFL to emerge as big losers from ASADA inquiry but NRL faces rosier report card

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Roy Masters A bold prediction: the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority inquiry into peptide use at Essendon and Cronulla will eventually bring down the AFL leadership, while the reputation of the NRL will be...

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Mystery over Brisbane Broncos' money trail under investigation by NRL

Roy Masters A $300,000 repayment to the Broncos Leagues Club of funds, thought to have been used for cash payments to players outside the salary cap, has ramifications that could extend to a bid to buy the NRL...

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Tommy Raudonikis an inspiration to the modern-day Blues

Roy Masters Just before midnight on Wednesday, following the third State of Origin match, NSWRL chief executive, Dave Trodden, pulled Tommy Raudonikis from a supporters’ bus parked outside Suncorp Stadium...

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State of Origin still lends truth to old cliche

Roy Masters “You’re only good as your last game,” is an outdated cliché belonging to the pre-NRL era, when a club fielded three teams on the one day and a poor performance by a first...

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Reg Gasnier: In memory of a gentleman and a giant of rugby league

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Roy Masters It is significant that Saturday’s memorial ceremony for Reg Gasnier at Kogarah Oval will have an almost religious formality because the Dragons and Immortal centre set rugby league records with...

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Remembering Bob McInerney, Magpies' league-loving doctor who was a Fibro at heart

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Roy Masters “Doctor Bob” delivered more babies of rugby league players than anyone.

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Laurie Daley and Mal Meninga: Friendship counts for nothing during State of Origin

Blues coach Laurie Daley has refused to guarantee Mitchell Pearce will avoid the selection axe for Origin I.

Roy Masters To NSW coach Laurie Daley, you can be a friend for life, except for that annual period of bad blood and good football, called State of Origin, when mateship must be suspended.

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Chippy Maroons airbrush Origin facts to suit themselves

Mal Meninga talks to his players at Sanctuary Cove on Sunday.

Roy Masters The historical revisionists who once worked for the Kremlin must have migrated to Brisbane and gained employment with the QRL.

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NRL's confused clock ruling may have cost Newcastle Knights a shot at victory

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Roy Masters Another thrilling finish. Another NRL cockup?

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NRL rule changes have had unintended consequences

Roy Masters Changes to the NRL rules this year have produced unexpected outcomes, both positive and negative.

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For bush leagues, it's all in the family

Roy Masters Playing your father’s game with your father’s name is still very big in the bush, if the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Cootamundra Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club and the naming of its...

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League: A portrait of St George Illawarra fans as true believers

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Roy Masters Promoting the cultural differences between clubs has, historically, been taboo for rugby league administrations.

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Kangaroos who enlisted in World War I were in a league of their own

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Roy Masters The first Anzac Day is so burnished in the nation's psyche, it tends to obscure, even distort what happened in 1914, the year World War I broke out in August.

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Backward thinking would have put Dragons onward to victory

Roy Masters There was another option for Dragons’ five-eighth Gareth Widdop when he kicked the ball with one minute and one second left on the clock on Monday night, giving the Storm possession from which they...

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Stephen Dank's D-Day in doubt after ASADA farce

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Samantha Lane and Roy Masters Stephen Dank’s judgment day with anti-doping authorities has been stalled after a seven-member expert panel that had been preparing to make the critical next call on the central figure in Australian...

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Melbourne right to weather the storm over Jordan McLean penalty

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Roy Masters The Storm’s principal motive in not challenging the seven-week suspension of Jordan McLean was to spare its player, the injured Alex McKinnon and the code further trauma - but the Melbourne club also...

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Gold Coast Titans' compassion towards Alex McKinnon and Jordan McLean shows game still has a soul

Roy Masters “Compassion in life is an absolute necessity, and without displaying it, the sport of rugby league may well appear to have lost its own moral compass,” former Titans chairman Paul Broughton wrote in...

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Luke Douglas proves front-rowers are smarter than they look

Roy Masters Tom Raudonikis and Les Boyd got the answers wrong to career questions all modern players would pass.

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West Tigers' shotgun marriage wrongly favoured Balmain

Roy Masters The three prodigal sons who abandoned the Fibros and took the Silvertails' silver return to Wests Ashfield Leagues Club Friday night, two days before the Leichhardt Oval clash between NRL clubs,...