Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

League

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

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.

League

Mystery over Brisbane Broncos' money trail under investigation by NRL

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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...

League

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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NRL rule changes have had unintended consequences

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

League

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

Roy Masters Another thrilling finish. Another NRL cockup?

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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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NRL is a numbers game, and stats the way they like it

Roy Masters Inform a first grade coach, such as the Storm's Craig Bellamy, that at the ninth minute of the second half of Saturday's match against the Sea Eagles his captain Cameron Smith will have played...

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NRL HQ not panicking despite doomsayers

Roy Masters The sun continues to shine, the journalists cut and paste their doomsday crowd and TV ratings stories, the Storm win their season opener for the tenth successive year but there is something different...

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,...

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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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NRL drugs bans due by Christmas

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

Battle stations: Egos, intrigue complicate the bidding for NRL radio rights

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Roy Masters The battle for next year's NRL radio rights is akin to the game itself: a clash of super-sized egos, with many detours and dummies, ruled by uncertain officials, with the result not certain until the...

League

Pet peeve: NRL clubs make mockery of memberships

Roy Masters Rugby league has an ignoble history of creative counting - fictitious crowd figures, salary cap manipulation, exaggerating injury tallies, even miscounting tackles.

Rugby League

NRL plans for worst on drugs

NRL chief executive David Smith.

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NRL considers nightmare scenario

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Roy Masters A defaulted grand final and an internal draft to reinforce the ranks of any club stripped of players because of doping sanctions are among the contingency plans the NRL has drawn up in response to...

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

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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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Ad nauseam: NRL, with an eye on the clock, looks at commercial potential

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Roy Masters Rugby league fans will soon be sitting on the horns of a TV dilemma: if they want to see their stars in action, they must watch more commercials during games.

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Higher plane: Immortal status beckons for Billy Slater, NRL's Mr Natural on and off the field

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Roy Masters Billy Slater has moved up a couple of floors in the department store of rugby league history, past the Unforgettables and on to the Unsurpassables.

NRL set to pocket $1.2b as Fox, Nine bid for TV rights

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Roy Masters FOX SPORTS' joint bid with Channel Nine for NRL broadcasting rights is set to reap the code $1.2 billion, which is triple the current agreement.