Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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State of Origin still lends truth to old cliche

Roy Masters “You’re only good as your last game,” is an outdated cliché belonging to the pre-NRL era, when a club fielded three teams on the one day and a poor performance by a first...

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Tommy Raudonikis an inspiration to the modern-day Blues

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Roy Masters Just before midnight on Wednesday, following the third State of Origin match, NSWRL chief executive, Dave Trodden, pulled Tommy Raudonikis from a supporters’ bus parked outside Suncorp Stadium...

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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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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.

Fullbacks on the rise in the modern-day pecking order

Roy Masters Magpies greats, such as Noel Kelly and Tom Raudonikis, will gather at the SCG today for the foundation club's annual reunion, before shuffling across to Allianz Stadium on arthritic knees to watch...

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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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Chin up, Blues, you've got these guys covered

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Roy Masters The Blues camp was incensed by a remark from Maroons forward Sam Thaiday when asked what was Queensland's biggest danger in the lead-up to Origin I.

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

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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...