Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

Sport in Crisis

Potential for teams to lose their points, or forfeit on eve of grand final

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Roy Masters Cronulla players suspected of drug violations likely to be still playing all season.

It's tough to wrestle with stats: NRL's top teams have balance just right

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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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Word games from Wests Tigers board only makes Potter dilemma worse

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Roy Masters The clocks have struck 13 at Wests Tigers: war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength. It’s George Orwell’s 1984 and clear language has given over to "political language" -...

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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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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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AFL to emerge as big losers from ASADA inquiry but NRL faces rosier report card

Roy Masters A bold prediction: the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority inquiry into peptide use at Essendon and Cronulla will eventually bring down the AFL leadership, while the reputation of the NRL will be...

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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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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...

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State of Origin still lends truth to old cliche

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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Reg Gasnier: In memory of a gentleman and a giant of rugby league

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Roy Masters It is significant that Saturday’s memorial ceremony for Reg Gasnier at Kogarah Oval will have an almost religious formality because the Dragons and Immortal centre set rugby league records with...

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League: A portrait of St George Illawarra fans as true believers

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Roy Masters Promoting the cultural differences between clubs has, historically, been taboo for rugby league administrations.

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For bush leagues, it's all in the family

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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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NRL rule changes have had unintended consequences

Roy Masters Changes to the NRL rules this year have produced unexpected outcomes, both positive and negative.

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NRL's confused clock ruling may have cost Newcastle Knights a shot at victory

Roy Masters Another thrilling finish. Another NRL cockup?

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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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Laurie Daley and Mal Meninga: Friendship counts for nothing during State of Origin

Blues coach Laurie Daley has refused to guarantee Mitchell Pearce will avoid the selection axe for Origin I.

Roy Masters To NSW coach Laurie Daley, you can be a friend for life, except for that annual period of bad blood and good football, called State of Origin, when mateship must be suspended.

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ASADA saga raises many perplexing questions

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Roy Masters To accept Cronulla players are guilty of taking performance-enhancing drugs, while Essendon players are innocent, we have to believe in two courses of events.

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Does Stephen Dank email mean Sharks are now ASADA's sole target

Roy Masters A recent email from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank indicates the threat of bans still hangs over Cronulla players while Essendon players...

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Changing perceptions should be last thing on NRL's mind

Roy Masters Dolly Parton's most famous quote is: "I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb . . . and I also know that I'm not blonde."

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