Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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

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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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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Changing perceptions should be last thing on NRL's mind

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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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Spectre of ASADA sanctions threat to World Cup squads

Roy Masters Fears that NRL players participating in next month's World Cup in Britain could be served with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority infraction notices and be sent home have thrown the tournament...

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Free at last: new deal to benefit all levels

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Roy Masters The new Australian Rugby League Commission has delivered the code an outstanding stepping stone broadcasting deal, eclipsing anything done in the past and securing its media future by unshackling the...

Politicians insult rugby league by treating it as AFL's poor cousin

Roy Masters Both the Raiders and the Sharks need to win today's elimination final at Canberra Stadium to shore up future support from contrasting stakeholders. Each club has what the other wants.

Coaches, not subterfuge, are the finals X-factor

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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Daylight separates quick and dead slow

Roy Masters With the top four NRL teams threatening to break away, the challenge is to bring them back to the pack.

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Too many players cashing cheques their abilities can't match

Roy Masters There are too many footballers playing NRL each week not up to standard and too many receiving money their experience or talents don't justify.

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Super Sunday the wild card in TV rights push

Roy Masters 'SUPER Sunday'' could become a reality in rugby league's next broadcasting contract, with four games across three time zones in two countries over a six-hour period.

Seven ready for the kick-off in $1bn broadcast rights battle

Roy Masters CHANNELS Seven and Ten can start bidding for rugby league broadcasting rights next week, following the end of the three-month exclusivity period of holders Nine and Fox Sports.