Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

League

League finally learns to kick with right

Roy Masters RUGBY league, historically aligned to the Labor Party, is set to benefit from a pre-election strategy to embrace the Coalition, while the AFL, wedded to the ALP for more than a decade, will lose...

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League

Decrease in crowds due to poor form of popular sides

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Roy Masters Rugby league's take on a projected 2.9 per cent fall in crowds this year is akin to the response of those pathetic Ruddite federal parliamentarians who claim the election result would have been worse...

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League

Refs don't know R's from their elbows

Sam Tagataese and Beau Ryan

Roy Masters Referees in the NRL have a problem with reading and arithmetic. Not only can't they count, they don't know the rules.

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League

Side effects: plans thrown into chaos by Manly defeat

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Roy Masters Never underestimate the importance of two factors at this time of year: firstly, the value of an extra 24 hours preparation for a match and secondly, the left-right mindset of players.

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League

Players of yesteryear weren't angels

Roy Masters Dwarf burning and penis biting are new forms of behaviour as the football seasons come to a close, but the other big news this week - an alleged cover-up by a Canterbury official - is not.

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League

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

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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League

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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League

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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LEAGUE

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.

League

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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League

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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League

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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League

Why halves hold the key to ending Blues' pain

James Maloney and Mitchell Pierce.

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

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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League

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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League

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

Peter Doust.

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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