Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

Stubborn NRL issues that need to be tackled

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.

League

NSW Rugby League to take licensed club to court over sale

“This has not been a hasty decision,

Brad Walter and Roy Masters The NSW Rugby League has begun legal action to wind up the NSW Leagues Club and prevent the licensed body from transferring up to $10 million to a new entity.

League

Alex McKinnon incident unfortunate consequence of cannonball tackle rule

Fairfax Media writer

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.

League

For bush leagues, it's all in the family

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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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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Canterbury's crafty defence has opposition seeing double

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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.

Not one or two? Your chances are limited

Roy Masters Finishing first or second on the premiership ladder is a colossal advantage under the new finals system.

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Dessie's midnight visit pays dividends

Roy Masters A midnight visit to Belmore exactly a year ago convinced Manly's premiership coach Des Hasler he should switch to the Bulldogs.

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A bittersweet victory for the players' coach

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Roy Masters Twice in the jubilant Storm dressing room, the coach Craig Bellamy confessed to a strange emptiness.

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

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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...

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Men of dollars, and sense, required

Roy Masters It has taken rugby league more than 100 years to reach prudent adulthood. On Wednesday night, the NRL season launch at Sydney's Star casino is also a celebration of the code's new status as a...

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League

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

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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League

Lack of Plan B compounds copycat conundrum

Roy Masters Basically, there are two ways for a rugby league team to use the ball: go through the opposition, or around them.

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League

Obstruction rule needs a serious rethink

Roy Masters DANIEL Anderson's black-and-white rules on obstruction are designed to cut out any grey but will leave the NRL red-faced.

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LEAGUE

When it comes to money, not all clubs are equal

Roy Masters THE AFL has a future fund and the Rugby League Commission plans one, seeking $200 million in savings over the life of the new broadcasting contract.

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League

SBW's luck too good to be believed

Roy Masters Is Sonny Bill Williams a protected species?

League

Players of yesteryear weren't angels

Roy Masters Dwarf burning and penis biting are new forms of behaviour as the football seasons come to a close, but the other big news this week - an alleged cover-up by a Canterbury official - is not.

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League

Decrease in crowds due to poor form of popular sides

Fairfax Media writer

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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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.

Origin Legends to fight for future

Chris Anderson

Roy Masters The NSWRL has threatened to sever ties with the state's Origin Legends association, following the failure of the ex-Blues' body to supply financial accounts.