Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

League

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

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

Fairfax Media writer

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 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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Blues sold a dummy when junior rules were changed

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Roy Masters NSW's long wait for another Andrew ''Joey'' Johns-style halfback may be over … in another 15 years or so.

War looms over top job

Roy Masters ANOTHER rugby league civil war is on the distant horizon unless the ARL Commission appoints a football person as its chief executive.

League's Super fund

Roy Masters WHEN Channel Nine boss David Gyngell let out a sigh of relief at the ARL Commission's declaration it had awarded the Nine/Fox Sports consortium the broadcasting rights, the emission of emotion from...

Coaches, not subterfuge, are the finals X-factor

Roy Masters 'They obviously want an all-Sydney club grand final,'' one NRL club official texted immediately after the Sea Eagles' controversial victory against the Cowboys a week ago.

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A bittersweet victory for the players' coach

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Roy Masters Twice in the jubilant Storm dressing room, the coach Craig Bellamy confessed to a strange emptiness.

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Short-term goals win out for Bellamy, Storm

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Roy Masters Craig Bellamy has opted for immediate short-term team success in Melbourne over guaranteed long-term personal security and stability with St George Illawarra.

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The good and bad bits of ref chief's new rules

Roy Masters The Roosters were at the second coaches meeting with referees' boss Daniel Anderson, held last week before Thursday night's much-anticipated season-opener between the foundation clubs, while the...

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Rugby League

NRL plans for worst on drugs

NRL chief executive David Smith.

Roy Masters Defaulted grand final and internal draft to reinforce ranks of any club stripped of players.

NRL considers nightmare scenario

NRL Trophy

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...

Out of favour, out of friends

Mr David Gallop

Roy Masters God so loved the world, he didn't send a committee. He sent himself.

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Fox, Nine could be outfoxed on TV rights

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Roy Masters A SHORT-TERM deal between rugby league and its broadcasters looms as a distinct possibility following News Ltd's acquisitions.

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One-time foes united on plan for two stadiums to cover all codes

Roy Masters In a ''back to the future'' strategy, two long-term rugby league administrators have combined to rationalise the use of NSW government-controlled stadiums, possibly leading to the return of the...

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NRL to reap $1.2b from TV rights deal

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Roy Masters RUGBY LEAGUE is guaranteed a $1.2 billion broadcasting deal, with monopoly pay-TV network Fox Sports declaring it won't be beaten for the five-year rights.

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Gallop and commission at loggerheads over billion-dollar baby

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Roy Masters Relations between the new ARL Commission and the administration of chief executive, David Gallop, risk becoming dysfunctional, with some commissioners holding private meetings with stakeholders.

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It's tough to wrestle with stats: NRL's top teams have balance just right

Roy Masters Super coach Wayne Bennett is in unfamiliar territory with the Knights, the legendary premiership winner having one of his worst starts to a season in his 26 years in the top grade.

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