Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

Cronulla Sharks players off the hook if they admit to being 'doped and duped'

Roy Masters If Sharks players admit they were ‘‘doped and duped’’ during the supplements program in place at Cronulla during the 2011 season they will receive a three-week playing ban...

Cronulla Sharks players may escape with one-month bans from ASADA

Long year: Paul Gallen.

Roy Masters Some of the Cronulla players accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs in 2011 could escape with a ban of as little as four weeks during the off season.

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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Roy Masters “You’re only good as your last game,” is an outdated cliché belonging to the pre-NRL era, when a club fielded three teams on the one day and a poor performance by a first...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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Shane Flanagan, Trent Elkin hadn't done their homework

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Roy Masters When Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and trainer Trent Elkin addressed the Sharks' first-grade team on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at the last training session before a round-two Monday night match...

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Cronulla Sharks anger at latest ASADA blood tests on players

Roy Masters The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority extracted blood from Cronulla players at the club's final training session, sending a message its pursuit of drug cheats in the NRL is long term and it has...

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Politicians insult rugby league by treating it as AFL's poor cousin

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Roy Masters Both the Raiders and the Sharks need to win today's elimination final at Canberra Stadium to shore up future support from contrasting stakeholders. Each club has what the other wants.

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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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Dancing feet, not swinging fists, will be on Maroons' card

Roy Masters For the first time in Origin history, two players have been removed from a team by police action, producing a saga where rap sheets have become more noteworthy than stats sheets.

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Abandonment threat forces NRL to consider keeping Origin III brawlers on field

Roy Masters The deciding State of Origin match in Sydney could either be abandoned, or brawling players allowed to remain on the field, following a conflict between the NRL's recent mandate to sin bin players...

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The best Origin players are not always superstars

Roy Masters NSW coach Ricky Stuart has a ''blueprint'' for success, a master plan to reverse six years of State of Origin domination by Queensland. It defines the qualities he seeks in an Origin player.

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Quite a blue: battle of the breweries brought to a head as Origin adverts become a XXXX-nightmare

Roy Masters AUSTRALIA'S two biggest breweries have resolved their dispute over Cameron Smith, skipper of the XXXX-sponsored Queensland team, being used in advertisements to promote the sale of VB, the sponsor of...

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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