Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

League

New rule sure to have all concerned at sixes and sevens

Roy Masters Rugby league could be at sixes and sevens this season, with a new zero tackle call creating confusion for referees, players, fans and broadcasters.

League

Rugby league a sport where history repeats ... over and over

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters It's all happened before - 80 years ago. There is little new under the sun in rugby league.

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League

Changing perceptions should be last thing on NRL's mind

Roy Masters Dolly Parton's most famous quote is: "I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb . . . and I also know that I'm not blonde."

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Sport

ASADA saga raises many perplexing questions

Roy Masters To accept Cronulla players are guilty of taking performance-enhancing drugs, while Essendon players are innocent, we have to believe in two courses of events.

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League

Does Stephen Dank email mean Sharks are now ASADA's sole target

Roy Masters A recent email from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank indicates the threat of bans still hangs over Cronulla players while Essendon players...

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Roy Masters: Mission accomplished, but will Shane Flanagan's one-year suspension be cut?

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Roy Masters Information produced by the NRL's new high-tech integrity unit led to the historic sanctions against Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and trainer Trent Elkin, but old-fashioned rugby league mercy may...

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Rugby League

Room for mercy in NRL's supplements sanctions for Cronulla

Roy Masters Old-fashioned rugby league mercy may ultimately lead to some reduction in the penalties.

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League

Shane Flanagan, Trent Elkin hadn't done their homework

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters When Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and trainer Trent Elkin addressed the Sharks' first-grade team on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at the last training session before a round-two Monday night match...

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League

NRL on right track as AFL's efforts bomb

Roy Masters The John Grant-led Rugby League Commission appears determined to strike as big a difference as possible between its handling of the supplements crisis at Cronulla and the AFL's compromised,...

League

NSW Leagues Club: If these walls could talk ...

NSW Leagues

Roy Masters A final, dark chapter is being added to the game's original home.

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League

Board battle set to shake up Manly

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters When Abraham Lincoln declared "a house divided against itself cannot stand", he hadn't heard of Manly.

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Rugby League

NRL drugs bans due by Christmas

Generic drugs in sport

Roy Masters League will receive report on December 11 detailing an investigation into drug protocols.

League

ARL drugs verdict imminent

Exported drugs

Roy Masters The Australian Rugby League Commission will receive a report on December 11 detailing an investigation into drug protocols at the NRL's 16 clubs and may table recommendations on sanctions against...

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League

No room for Dank to take a breath just yet

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters Stephen Dank has denied any wrongdoing but close followers of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation into the AFL and NRL are perplexed why the sports scientist was not served with...

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League

End of the line for Brady, and one step closer to the end of an era

Roy Masters NOW there is one. The resignation of the NRL's long-term media manager John Brady leaves the code's administration with only one executive employed since the pre-Super League era with any meaningful...

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League

Cronulla Sharks anger at latest ASADA blood tests on players

Roy Masters The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority extracted blood from Cronulla players at the club's final training session, sending a message its pursuit of drug cheats in the NRL is long term and it has...

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League

Bum year for some, but not the high-flyers

Roy Masters IF you are a supporter of the Sea Eagles or the Roosters, 2013 has not been an ''anus horribilus'' - ''a shit of a year'', as comedian Dave Hughes described the season of Essendon, the AFL club...

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League

There's still a sting in the Silvertails

Roy Masters dinkus

Roy Masters The Silvertails are conning us. They are not the tired, forlorn, war-weary troops they pretend to be.

League

Spectre of ASADA sanctions threat to World Cup squads

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters Fears that NRL players participating in next month's World Cup in Britain could be served with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority infraction notices and be sent home have thrown the tournament...

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League

Tigers rename fails to fly with cashed-up Magpies

Roy Masters The Magpies' two leagues clubs at Ashfield and Campbelltown would be renamed ''Wests Tigers'' if an NRL proposal was accepted, ranking it among the worst rebranding ideas ever to come from the...

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