Roy Masters

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

Sport in Crisis

Potential for teams to lose their points, or forfeit on eve of grand final

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Roy Masters Cronulla players suspected of drug violations likely to be still playing all season.

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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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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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Reg Gasnier: In memory of a gentleman and a giant of rugby league

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Roy Masters It is significant that Saturday’s memorial ceremony for Reg Gasnier at Kogarah Oval will have an almost religious formality because the Dragons and Immortal centre set rugby league records with...

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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...

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Luke Douglas proves front-rowers are smarter than they look

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Roy Masters Tom Raudonikis and Les Boyd got the answers wrong to career questions all modern players would pass.

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For bush leagues, it's all in the family

Roy Masters Playing your father’s game with your father’s name is still very big in the bush, if the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Cootamundra Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club and the naming of its...

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Laurie Daley and Mal Meninga: Friendship counts for nothing during State of Origin

Blues coach Laurie Daley has refused to guarantee Mitchell Pearce will avoid the selection axe for Origin I.

Roy Masters To NSW coach Laurie Daley, you can be a friend for life, except for that annual period of bad blood and good football, called State of Origin, when mateship must be suspended.

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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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There's still a sting in the Silvertails

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Roy Masters The Silvertails are conning us. They are not the tired, forlorn, war-weary troops they pretend to be.

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Bum year for some, but not the high-flyers

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Roy Masters IF you are a supporter of the Sea Eagles or the Roosters, 2013 has not been an ''anus horribilus'' - ''a shit of a year'', as comedian Dave Hughes described the season of Essendon, the AFL club...

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No room for Dank to take a breath just yet

Roy Masters Stephen Dank has denied any wrongdoing but close followers of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation into the AFL and NRL are perplexed why the sports scientist was not served with...

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Board battle set to shake up Manly

Roy Masters When Abraham Lincoln declared "a house divided against itself cannot stand", he hadn't heard of Manly.

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Conspiracy theorists still looking for strings

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Roy Masters Despite a new commission running the game, conspiracy theories about Sydney's rule of the game persist, particularly outside the New South Wales capital.

Coaches, not subterfuge, are the finals X-factor

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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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Canterbury's crafty defence has opposition seeing double

Roy Masters THE Bulldogs have one of the best defensive records in the NRL, preventing the opposition scoring tries from within 20 metres of their own line.

Not one or two? Your chances are limited

Roy Masters Finishing first or second on the premiership ladder is a colossal advantage under the new finals system.

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Dessie's midnight visit pays dividends

Roy Masters A midnight visit to Belmore exactly a year ago convinced Manly's premiership coach Des Hasler he should switch to the Bulldogs.

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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.

Tried and proven tactics put a strangle hold on the chain-passing revolution

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Roy Masters GIVEN the time-honoured tendency for NRL teams to follow the tactical lead of the premiers, a Canterbury victory in last Sunday's grand final could have led to a sea change in the way the game is...