Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

League

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...

League

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

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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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League

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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League

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...

Sport

ASADA saga raises many perplexing questions

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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.

League

ARL drugs verdict imminent

Exported drugs

Roy Masters The Australian Rugby League Commission will receive a report on December 11 detailing an investigation into drug protocols at the NRL's 16 clubs and may table recommendations on sanctions against...

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League

NRL on right track as AFL's efforts bomb

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Roy Masters The John Grant-led Rugby League Commission appears determined to strike as big a difference as possible between its handling of the supplements crisis at Cronulla and the AFL's compromised,...

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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Rugby League

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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League

Shane Flanagan, Trent Elkin hadn't done their homework

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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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League

Decrease in crowds due to poor form of popular sides

Roy Masters Rugby league's take on a projected 2.9 per cent fall in crowds this year is akin to the response of those pathetic Ruddite federal parliamentarians who claim the election result would have been worse...

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League

Tigers rename fails to fly with cashed-up Magpies

Roy Masters The Magpies' two leagues clubs at Ashfield and Campbelltown would be renamed ''Wests Tigers'' if an NRL proposal was accepted, ranking it among the worst rebranding ideas ever to come from the...

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League

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.

League

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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League

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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League

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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League

ASADA wants access to mountain of ACC evidence

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Roy Masters Cronulla players are likely to be still arguing with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority this time next year, when Essendon players will have already served their suspensions.

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League

SBW's luck too good to be believed

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Roy Masters Is Sonny Bill Williams a protected species?