Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

Cronulla Sharks players off the hook if they admit to being 'doped and duped'

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...

Sharks players shown 30 pages of ASADA documents before taking deal

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Roy Masters A compelling 30-page document, including an appendix of exhibits, was presented to past and present Cronulla players before their final admissions of the use of banned supplements.

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Cronulla Sharks players may escape with one-month bans from ASADA

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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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Cronulla Sharks anger at latest ASADA blood tests on players

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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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Does Stephen Dank email mean Sharks are now ASADA's sole target

Roy Masters A recent email from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank indicates the threat of bans still hangs over Cronulla players while Essendon players...

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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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Sharks feared doping before Dank left

Roy Masters An email trail linking the four sacked members of the Sharks' football department demonstrates they feared possible doping breaches at the club at least two months before May 29, 2011, when sports...

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Who really bombed it? How decisive action came back to bite the Sharks

Roy Masters Soon after the ''blackest day in Australian sport'' press conference on February 7, federal Labor politicians, including ministers, began briefing journalists, telling them how inadequate had been...

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Essendon Bombers players could face 12-month bans following Federal Court ruling

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Roy Masters Any hope that Essendon players would receive the same deal, or even better, than the month sanctions given to past and present Cronulla players evaporated on Friday when Justice John Middleton handed...

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Why Stephen Dank is still the most important player in ASADA scandal

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Roy Masters Stephen Dank, the most reviled man in football’s supplements saga, has suddenly become the most significant.

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ASADA saga likely to drag on for another three years

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Roy Masters Forget the fat lady. In sport’s drug cases, it’s usually not over until the final appeal court judge sings.

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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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AFL to emerge as big losers from ASADA inquiry but NRL faces rosier report card

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Roy Masters A bold prediction: the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority inquiry into peptide use at Essendon and Cronulla will eventually bring down the AFL leadership, while the reputation of the NRL will be...

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For bush leagues, it's all in the family

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters Playing your father’s game with your father’s name is still very big in the bush, if the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Cootamundra Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club and the naming of its...

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No room for Dank to take a breath just yet

Roy Masters Stephen Dank has denied any wrongdoing but close followers of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation into the AFL and NRL are perplexed why the sports scientist was not served with...

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Roy Masters: Mission accomplished, but will Shane Flanagan's one-year suspension be cut?

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Roy Masters Information produced by the NRL's new high-tech integrity unit led to the historic sanctions against Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and trainer Trent Elkin, but old-fashioned rugby league mercy may...

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Room for mercy in NRL's supplements sanctions for Cronulla

Roy Masters Old-fashioned rugby league mercy may ultimately lead to some reduction in the penalties.

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Shane Flanagan, Trent Elkin hadn't done their homework

Fairfax Media writer

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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ASADA saga raises many perplexing questions

Roy Masters To accept Cronulla players are guilty of taking performance-enhancing drugs, while Essendon players are innocent, we have to believe in two courses of events.

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Rugby League

NRL drugs bans due by Christmas

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Roy Masters League will receive report on December 11 detailing an investigation into drug protocols.