Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

Wayne Bennett's hopes of Andrew Gee's return to Broncos dashed

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Roy Masters Strict new NRL accreditation rules mean coach Wayne Bennett will not be able to bring the highly regarded Broncos football manager, Andrew Gee, back to the club.

Brisbane Broncos cross the line in political divide

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Roy Masters The Broncos have violated a long-standing Australian tradition of football clubs being apolitical by making two donations to the Liberal/National Party.

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Wayne Bennett to return in Brisbane Broncos shake-up

In demand: Power coach Wayne Bennett is keen to return to his home state.

Roy Masters Wayne Bennett phoned Lachlan Murdoch on Sunday, convincing the News Corporation boss he could turn around the struggling Broncos, paving the way for him to be announced as head coach of the Brisbane...

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Wayne Bennett signing with Broncos saved Dragons from two-month soap opera

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Roy Masters Wayne Bennett’s signing with the Broncos has saved St George Illawarra from a two-month teenage TV soap opera with the Dragons cast as the baddies – prepared to dump the steady girlfriend...

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Mystery over Brisbane Broncos' money trail under investigation by NRL

Roy Masters A $300,000 repayment to the Broncos Leagues Club of funds, thought to have been used for cash payments to players outside the salary cap, has ramifications that could extend to a bid to buy the NRL...

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

Sharks in the city: Cronulla’s Wade Graham and Nathan Gardner.

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...

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ASADA saga likely to drag on for another three years

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Roy Masters Forget the fat lady. In sport’s drug cases, it’s usually not over until the final appeal court judge sings.

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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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Stubborn NRL issues that need to be tackled

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Roy Masters While the year has thrown up new challenges, some of the old problems persist, indeed intensify, making coaches as sleep-deprived as new parents.

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2014 one of the toughest for NRL coaches

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Roy Masters Part pedagogue, part demagogue is an apt description of the coach in the old Sydney first grade rugby league competition. A teacher and vocal leader. 

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Plenty of NRL options for Newcastle Knights in search for Wayne Bennett's replacement

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Roy Masters Newcastle’s search for a coach to replace Wayne Bennett will explore both ends of the age spectrum, with veteran Tim Sheens and Penrith assistant Garth Brennan considered.

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Chippy Maroons airbrush Origin facts to suit themselves

Mal Meninga talks to his players at Sanctuary Cove on Sunday.

Roy Masters The historical revisionists who once worked for the Kremlin must have migrated to Brisbane and gained employment with the QRL.

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Rugby league a sport where history repeats ... over and over

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Roy Masters It's all happened before - 80 years ago. There is little new under the sun in rugby league.

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NRL is a numbers game, and stats the way they like it

Roy Masters Inform a first grade coach, such as the Storm's Craig Bellamy, that at the ninth minute of the second half of Saturday's match against the Sea Eagles his captain Cameron Smith will have played...

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How the rich clubs are sidestepping the salary cap

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita. His signing has raised objections about the fairness of the salary cap.

Roy Masters Coaches fear the much touted "level" NRL playing field is tilting towards a handful of rich clubs, via a proliferation in Third Party Agreements (TPAs) which allow uncapped payments to players...

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Alex McKinnon incident unfortunate consequence of cannonball tackle rule

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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.

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Decrease in crowds due to poor form of popular sides

Roy Masters Rugby league's take on a projected 2.9 per cent fall in crowds this year is akin to the response of those pathetic Ruddite federal parliamentarians who claim the election result would have been worse...

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League finally learns to kick with right

Roy Masters RUGBY league, historically aligned to the Labor Party, is set to benefit from a pre-election strategy to embrace the Coalition, while the AFL, wedded to the ALP for more than a decade, will lose...

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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...

Getting a tough break in age-old code debate

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Roy Masters 'I THINK we've got the crowd,'' former federal treasurer Peter Costello said before the annual AFL finals debate yesterday morning at the MCG.