Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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Chippy Maroons airbrush Origin facts to suit themselves

Roy Masters The historical revisionists who once worked for the Kremlin must have migrated to Brisbane and gained employment with the QRL.

League

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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Blues' disdain only gave Maroons extra firepower

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Roy Masters The first and last penalties of Wednesday night's second State of Origin match told the story of NSW's disrespectful attitude.

Maroons are masters of subterfuge and dirty deeds come Origin time

Roy Masters NEVER trust a Queenslander at Origin time, even the ballboys.

League

State of Origin still lends truth to old cliche

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Roy Masters “You’re only good as your last game,” is an outdated cliché belonging to the pre-NRL era, when a club fielded three teams on the one day and a poor performance by a first...

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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...

League

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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Rugby league a sport where history repeats ... over and over

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters It's all happened before - 80 years ago. There is little new under the sun in rugby league.

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Victorians the big losers in parochial carve-up of Origin fixtures

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Roy Masters Rugby league's commissioners were appointed principally because of their independence and business savvy but their recent decisions demonstrate they are simply politicians and as beholden to their...

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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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Why halves hold the key to ending Blues' pain

James Maloney and Mitchell Pierce.

Roy Masters Selecting the Roosters' halves to meet Queensland in Wednesday's first State of Origin match is a mission akin to going into the water to fight a shark.

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NSW soar towards a blue-moon treat

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Roy Masters Origin I was akin to co-pilots of a jumbo jet operating the controls antagonistically, one seeking to put the plane on the tarmac, the other striving to soar to the skies.

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Blues sold a dummy when junior rules were changed

Roy Masters NSW's long wait for another Andrew ''Joey'' Johns-style halfback may be over … in another 15 years or so.

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Queenslanders will rebel if Johns becomes Immortal

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Roy Masters The rumblings from the Deep North began early in the week when some of Queensland's Former Origin Greats (FOGs) became convinced former NSW halfback Andrew "Joey" Johns was to become rugby league's...

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The best Origin players are not always superstars

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Roy Masters NSW coach Ricky Stuart has a ''blueprint'' for success, a master plan to reverse six years of State of Origin domination by Queensland. It defines the qualities he seeks in an Origin player.

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Quite a blue: battle of the breweries brought to a head as Origin adverts become a XXXX-nightmare

Roy Masters AUSTRALIA'S two biggest breweries have resolved their dispute over Cameron Smith, skipper of the XXXX-sponsored Queensland team, being used in advertisements to promote the sale of VB, the sponsor of...

Hayne looms as magic potion in NSW's witching hours of power

Roy Masters You need a witch's cauldron and a clove of garlic to understand State of Origin, particularly games played in Melbourne.

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Chin up, Blues, you've got these guys covered

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Roy Masters The Blues camp was incensed by a remark from Maroons forward Sam Thaiday when asked what was Queensland's biggest danger in the lead-up to Origin I.

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Now Stuart must move heaven and earth to make Blue moon rise over Suncorp

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Roy Masters The Blues were over the moon after their victory in the Sydney State of Origin match, but coach Ricky Stuart must ensure such euphoria is not blue-moon rare.

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Old tensions surface in great debate over Immortal eight

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Roy Masters An historic meeting in Sydney on Wednesday of some of the game's top powerbrokers will decide rugby league's eighth Immortal.

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