Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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

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

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Roy Masters Another thrilling finish. Another NRL cockup?

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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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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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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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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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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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There's still a sting in the Silvertails

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Roy Masters The Silvertails are conning us. They are not the tired, forlorn, war-weary troops they pretend to be.

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Bum year for some, but not the high-flyers

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Roy Masters IF you are a supporter of the Sea Eagles or the Roosters, 2013 has not been an ''anus horribilus'' - ''a shit of a year'', as comedian Dave Hughes described the season of Essendon, the AFL club...

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Cronulla Sharks anger at latest ASADA blood tests on players

Roy Masters The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority extracted blood from Cronulla players at the club's final training session, sending a message its pursuit of drug cheats in the NRL is long term and it has...

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Cronulla coach 'knew of doping'

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Roy Masters Club directors believe five knew about alleged doping procedures and kept them hidden.

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Sharks allege cover-up

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Roy Masters The Cronulla Sharks board stood down coach Shane Flanagan and sacked four other key staff members because the directors believe they knew about alleged doping procedures at the club and kept it...

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Dramatic licence: whistleblowers in danger of playing to script to ensure theatrical finale

Roy Masters Referees risk becoming choreographers, directing the course of NRL games to produce dramatic results.

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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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.