Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

League

Who really bombed it? How decisive action came back to bite the Sharks

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Roy Masters Soon after the ''blackest day in Australian sport'' press conference on February 7, federal Labor politicians, including ministers, began briefing journalists, telling them how inadequate had been...

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Abandonment threat forces NRL to consider keeping Origin III brawlers on field

Roy Masters The deciding State of Origin match in Sydney could either be abandoned, or brawling players allowed to remain on the field, following a conflict between the NRL's recent mandate to sin bin players...

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Benji an unintended casualty of new deal for injured players

Roy Masters Wests Tigers' apparent reluctance to re-sign Benji Marshall long term is partly related to the new collective bargaining agreement where clubs must now pay out the full value of the contract in the...

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Blues' disdain only gave Maroons extra firepower

Roy Masters The first and last penalties of Wednesday night's second State of Origin match told the story of NSW's disrespectful attitude.

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Dancing feet, not swinging fists, will be on Maroons' card

Roy Masters For the first time in Origin history, two players have been removed from a team by police action, producing a saga where rap sheets have become more noteworthy than stats sheets.

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Drink beer, eat steak: science may have changed but the punchline stays the same

Roy Masters The prospect of fisticuffs in the second State of Origin match has prompted research on the era when boxers, rather than footballers, went into training camps.

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Too many white flags being waved in tackles

Roy Masters The surrender tackle threatens to reach epidemic proportions in the NRL, and this is largely in response to the new rule prohibiting hands on the ball in the tackle.

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League

NSW soar towards a blue-moon treat

Roy Masters Origin I was akin to co-pilots of a jumbo jet operating the controls antagonistically, one seeking to put the plane on the tarmac, the other striving to soar to the skies.

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Why halves hold the key to ending Blues' pain

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Roy Masters Selecting the Roosters' halves to meet Queensland in Wednesday's first State of Origin match is a mission akin to going into the water to fight a shark.

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League loses a smart peacemaker

NSW Rugby league chairman Geoff Carr at a press conference today where he announced that player Mark Gasnier had been expelled from the NSW State of Origin rugby league team after it was found he d made an obscene phone call.  SMH News pic by Wade Laube.

Roy Masters The executive with more corporate history than the entire NRL and ARLC combined informed his staff at 9.30am on Friday that he would be leaving after this year's State of Origin series.

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SBW's luck too good to be believed

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Roy Masters Is Sonny Bill Williams a protected species?

Why not drug test NRL referees?

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Roy Masters The NRL has hyped up its anti-doping measures for by players but ignores the men whose judgment calls have potentially the most critical effect on the outcome of games.

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League

Too many players cashing cheques their abilities can't match

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Roy Masters There are too many footballers playing NRL each week not up to standard and too many receiving money their experience or talents don't justify.

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Dragons hope to hit a home run with promotion - not spark a bunfight

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Roy Masters It was a baseball match at Yankee Stadium that drove the Dragons chief executive Peter Doust to derive some reward from having his balls kicked.

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ACC report lays bare corruption threat

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Roy Masters An alarming increase in the use, seizure and arrests for illicit drugs is the central finding of the Australian Crime Commission's annual report released today, with significant implications for...

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Team spirit: how Blues can reach Origin nirvana

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Roy Masters When NSW coach Laurie Daley finalises his team after this weekend's NRL round, he will try and include as many fit players from the Blues 2012 Origin squad.

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ASADA wants access to mountain of ACC evidence

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Roy Masters Cronulla players are likely to be still arguing with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority this time next year, when Essendon players will have already served their suspensions.

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Stars and young hopefuls growing apart

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Roy Masters The recent deaths of two young players raise questions about the disconnect between an NRL team and its feeder teams, compared with the days when there was strong mentoring by senior players across...

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Show Me The Money

Wests Tigers board rift could spill on to the field

Roy Masters IF EVER the title of this column is appropriate to an issue in sport and business, it is the impasse at Wests Tigers.

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League

Daylight separates quick and dead slow

Roy Masters With the top four NRL teams threatening to break away, the challenge is to bring them back to the pack.

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