Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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Team spirit: how Blues can reach Origin nirvana

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Roy Masters When NSW coach Laurie Daley finalises his team after this weekend's NRL round, he will try and include as many fit players from the Blues 2012 Origin squad.

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NSW soar towards a blue-moon treat

Roy Masters Origin I was akin to co-pilots of a jumbo jet operating the controls antagonistically, one seeking to put the plane on the tarmac, the other striving to soar to the skies.

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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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Greek bean counters could learn a thing or two from leaguenomics

Roy Masters The wily Wall Street bankers and inventive Greek politicians who flouted the laws of economics would be confounded by the rugby league price mechanism.

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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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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Maroons are masters of subterfuge and dirty deeds come Origin time

Roy Masters NEVER trust a Queenslander at Origin time, even the ballboys.

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Old tensions surface in great debate over Immortal eight

Roy Masters An historic meeting in Sydney on Wednesday of some of the game's top powerbrokers will decide rugby league's eighth Immortal.

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