Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

League

Alex McKinnon incident unfortunate consequence of cannonball tackle rule

Roy Masters The serious injury to Newcastle forward, Alex McKinnon, is an unfortunate consequence of the new rule prohibiting the third man in a tackle attacking the knees of a ball carrier.

Why succeeding often means failure

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Roy Masters IT'S preferable to be the coach who follows the coach who follows the legend. Just ask anyone who followed Jack Gibson, particularly after his appointments at Eastern Suburbs (two premierships) and...

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

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

Canterbury's crafty defence has opposition seeing double

Roy Masters THE Bulldogs have one of the best defensive records in the NRL, preventing the opposition scoring tries from within 20 metres of their own line.

Tried and proven tactics put a strangle hold on the chain-passing revolution

Roy Masters GIVEN the time-honoured tendency for NRL teams to follow the tactical lead of the premiers, a Canterbury victory in last Sunday's grand final could have led to a sea change in the way the game is...

Coaches may face stats kerfuffle

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Roy Masters The 2013 NRL season could begin in disarray for coaches and a multi-million dollar law suit for the ARLC if its instruction to management to take the code's statistical service to tender to enhance...

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The good and bad bits of ref chief's new rules

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Roy Masters The Roosters were at the second coaches meeting with referees' boss Daniel Anderson, held last week before Thursday night's much-anticipated season-opener between the foundation clubs, while the...

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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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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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The brain game provides one of many challenges for today's coaches

Roy Masters A neurologist friend tells me there is a part of the brain that actually grows in adulthood.

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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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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.