Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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Luke Douglas proves front-rowers are smarter than they look

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

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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.

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Bum year for some, but not the high-flyers

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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Time to blow whistle on refs rotating jobs

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Roy Masters The best result of the semi-finals starting on Friday night is that the number of referees will halve and then halve again the following weekend.

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Whistle-shy referees could affect finals results

Roy Masters It's a truth acknowledged by most rugby league fans that referees keep the whistle in their pockets at semi-final time.

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Obstruction rule needs a serious rethink

Roy Masters DANIEL Anderson's black-and-white rules on obstruction are designed to cut out any grey but will leave the NRL red-faced.

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Dramatic licence: whistleblowers in danger of playing to script to ensure theatrical finale

Roy Masters Referees risk becoming choreographers, directing the course of NRL games to produce dramatic results.

The more things change, the less they stay the same in three decades

Roy Masters David Gallop has held the NRL's top job for a decade but there has been a revolving door in clubland, with a record number of club chief executives and coaches exiting in the past two years.

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Fox pundits' ignorance just isn't bliss for code's tragics

Roy Masters NO NRL season has ever opened with as much will to win from the players and coaches as we witnessed in round one.

Dark forces at work if Blues can break the spell

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Roy Masters You need a witch's cauldron and a clove of garlic to understand state of origin.

Hayne looms as magic potion in NSW's witching hours of power

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Roy Masters You need a witch's cauldron and a clove of garlic to understand State of Origin, particularly games played in Melbourne.

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Fine line between danger and putting head on the block

Roy Masters When Tom Raudonikis coached Wests in the mid-1990s, he discovered a novel way of motivating his team.

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How many careers ended because of a ref's wrong ruling?

Roy Masters Watching football these days fills me full of memories. It makes me reflect on the number of legitimate tries in the past that were disallowed and the ones that were awarded, despite them being...