Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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

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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State of Origin still lends truth to old cliche

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Roy Masters “You’re only good as your last game,” is an outdated cliché belonging to the pre-NRL era, when a club fielded three teams on the one day and a poor performance by a first...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

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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For bush leagues, it's all in the family

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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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Victorians the big losers in parochial carve-up of Origin fixtures

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Roy Masters Rugby league's commissioners were appointed principally because of their independence and business savvy but their recent decisions demonstrate they are simply politicians and as beholden to their...

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Team spirit: how Blues can reach Origin nirvana

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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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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Why halves hold the key to ending Blues' pain

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Roy Masters Selecting the Roosters' halves to meet Queensland in Wednesday's first State of Origin match is a mission akin to going into the water to fight a shark.

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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...

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

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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.

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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