Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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

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

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.

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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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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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.

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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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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Brisbane Broncos cross the line in political divide

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Roy Masters The Broncos have violated a long-standing Australian tradition of football clubs being apolitical by making two donations to the Liberal/National Party.

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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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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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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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NSW Rugby League to take licensed club to court over sale

“This has not been a hasty decision,

Brad Walter and Roy Masters The NSW Rugby League has begun legal action to wind up the NSW Leagues Club and prevent the licensed body from transferring up to $10 million to a new entity.

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Wayne Bennett to return in Brisbane Broncos shake-up

In demand: Power coach Wayne Bennett is keen to return to his home state.

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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Wayne Bennett signing with Broncos saved Dragons from two-month soap opera

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Roy Masters Wayne Bennett’s signing with the Broncos has saved St George Illawarra from a two-month teenage TV soap opera with the Dragons cast as the baddies – prepared to dump the steady girlfriend...

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Plenty of NRL options for Newcastle Knights in search for Wayne Bennett's replacement

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Roy Masters Newcastle’s search for a coach to replace Wayne Bennett will explore both ends of the age spectrum, with veteran Tim Sheens and Penrith assistant Garth Brennan considered.

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Word games from Wests Tigers board only makes Potter dilemma worse

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Roy Masters The clocks have struck 13 at Wests Tigers: war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength. It’s George Orwell’s 1984 and clear language has given over to "political language" -...

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

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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