Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

How South Sydney Rabbitohs' former leader George Piggins did his deal with News Corporation

Roy Masters The saviour of the Rabbitohs sat down in a restaurant named "The Prophet" and ended up doing a deal with the devil.

Wests Tigers new board failed its first test, but restructure a smart move

Roy Masters If governance is the special skill set of Wests Tigers’ recently appointed trio of independent directors, they have already failed with the process to appoint their coach.

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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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Luke Douglas proves front-rowers are smarter than they look

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Roy Masters Tom Raudonikis and Les Boyd got the answers wrong to career questions all modern players would pass.

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

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

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Contact sports need to unite on concussion, says IRB's top doctor

Roy Masters All contact sports in Australia, together with state and federal departments of health, should immediately convene to develop a common protocol on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of...

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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

Fairfax Media writer

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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End of the line for Brady, and one step closer to the end of an era

Roy Masters NOW there is one. The resignation of the NRL's long-term media manager John Brady leaves the code's administration with only one executive employed since the pre-Super League era with any meaningful...

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Men of dollars, and sense, required

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Roy Masters It has taken rugby league more than 100 years to reach prudent adulthood. On Wednesday night, the NRL season launch at Sydney's Star casino is also a celebration of the code's new status as a...

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The good and bad bits of ref chief's new rules

Roy Masters The Roosters were at the second coaches meeting with referees' boss Daniel Anderson, held last week before Thursday night's much-anticipated season-opener between the foundation clubs, while the...

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Pet peeve: NRL clubs make mockery of memberships

Roy Masters Rugby league has an ignoble history of creative counting - fictitious crowd figures, salary cap manipulation, exaggerating injury tallies, even miscounting tackles.

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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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When it comes to money, not all clubs are equal

Roy Masters THE AFL has a future fund and the Rugby League Commission plans one, seeking $200 million in savings over the life of the new broadcasting contract.

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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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SBW's luck too good to be believed

Roy Masters Is Sonny Bill Williams a protected species?

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Side effects: plans thrown into chaos by Manly defeat

Roy Masters Never underestimate the importance of two factors at this time of year: firstly, the value of an extra 24 hours preparation for a match and secondly, the left-right mindset of players.

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Refs don't know R's from their elbows

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Roy Masters Referees in the NRL have a problem with reading and arithmetic. Not only can't they count, they don't know the rules.

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