Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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Shane Flanagan, Trent Elkin hadn't done their homework

Roy Masters When Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and trainer Trent Elkin addressed the Sharks' first-grade team on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at the last training session before a round-two Monday night match...

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Dancing feet, not swinging fists, will be on Maroons' card

Roy Masters For the first time in Origin history, two players have been removed from a team by police action, producing a saga where rap sheets have become more noteworthy than stats sheets.

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Stars and young hopefuls growing apart

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Roy Masters The recent deaths of two young players raise questions about the disconnect between an NRL team and its feeder teams, compared with the days when there was strong mentoring by senior players across...

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Team spirit: how Blues can reach Origin nirvana

Roy Masters When NSW coach Laurie Daley finalises his team after this weekend's NRL round, he will try and include as many fit players from the Blues 2012 Origin squad.

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Whistle-shy referees could affect finals results

Roy Masters It's a truth acknowledged by most rugby league fans that referees keep the whistle in their pockets at semi-final time.

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Storm must pick big pack to counter Manly brawn

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Roy Masters Two months ago, none of the other semi-final-bound teams wanted to meet the Bulldogs in the grand final.

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Conspiracy theorists still looking for strings

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Roy Masters Despite a new commission running the game, conspiracy theories about Sydney's rule of the game persist, particularly outside the New South Wales capital.

Coaches, not subterfuge, are the finals X-factor

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Roy Masters 'They obviously want an all-Sydney club grand final,'' one NRL club official texted immediately after the Sea Eagles' controversial victory against the Cowboys a week ago.

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Hot topic: should the season kick off at night?

Roy Masters Islands in the oceans may drown and the Antarctic ice shelf melt but climate change takes on an immediate meaning for coaches when it affects the scheduling of games.

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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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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.

Out of favour, out of friends

Mr David Gallop

Roy Masters God so loved the world, he didn't send a committee. He sent himself.

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Arts about face: heading to Hobart while AFL looks the other way

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Roy Masters You know the world of rugby league has changed irreversibly when 10 players visit a museum the day before a game and complain the art is offensive, even pornographic.

Fullbacks on the rise in the modern-day pecking order

Roy Masters Magpies greats, such as Noel Kelly and Tom Raudonikis, will gather at the SCG today for the foundation club's annual reunion, before shuffling across to Allianz Stadium on arthritic knees to watch...

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