Roy Masters is a Rugby League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald
Roy Masters Any hope that Essendon players would receive the same deal, or even better, than the month sanctions given to past and present Cronulla players evaporated on Friday when Justice John Middleton handed...
Roy Masters The sports scientist at the centre of the supplements scandal at Essendon and Cronulla, Stephen Dank, was simultaneously dismayed but defiant at Friday’s judgement.
Sport in Crisis
Roy Masters Cronulla players suspected of drug violations likely to be still playing all season.
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.
Roy Masters If governance is the special skill set of Wests Tigers’ recently appointed trio of independent directors, they have already failed with the process to appoint their coach.
Roy Masters If there was one action that infuriated rugby league’s old timers more than Michael Ennis’ disrespect to Cameron Smith, it was the lack of response from the Melbourne pack.
Roy Masters Melbourne Storm entered enemy territory for their first training session in the lead up to Sunday’s semi-final against Canterbury.
Roy Masters Stephen Dank, the most reviled man in football’s supplements saga, has suddenly become the most significant.
Roy Masters The NRL is poised to have its first chairwoman under the new drive for independent directorships.
Roy Masters A compelling 30-page document, including an appendix of exhibits, was presented to past and present Cronulla players before their final admissions of the use of banned supplements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Roy Masters Forget the fat lady. In sport’s drug cases, it’s usually not over until the final appeal court judge sings.
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...
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...
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.