Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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Gold Coast Titans' compassion towards Alex McKinnon and Jordan McLean shows game still has a soul

Roy Masters “Compassion in life is an absolute necessity, and without displaying it, the sport of rugby league may well appear to have lost its own moral compass,” former Titans chairman Paul Broughton wrote in...

Stubborn NRL issues that need to be tackled

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Roy Masters While the year has thrown up new challenges, some of the old problems persist, indeed intensify, making coaches as sleep-deprived as new parents.

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

Sharks in the city: Cronulla’s Wade Graham and Nathan Gardner.

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...

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

Long year: Paul Gallen.

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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Wayne Bennett to return in Brisbane Broncos shake-up

In demand: Power coach Wayne Bennett is keen to return to his home state.

Roy Masters Wayne Bennett phoned Lachlan Murdoch on Sunday, convincing the News Corporation boss he could turn around the struggling Broncos, paving the way for him to be announced as head coach of the Brisbane...

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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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Plenty of NRL options for Newcastle Knights in search for Wayne Bennett's replacement

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Roy Masters Newcastle’s search for a coach to replace Wayne Bennett will explore both ends of the age spectrum, with veteran Tim Sheens and Penrith assistant Garth Brennan considered.

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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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The golden rule for extra time... don't miss

Roy Masters While the golden point field goal won't disappear this season, the number of attempts at them will most certainly decline.

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NSW Leagues Club: If these walls could talk ...

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Roy Masters A final, dark chapter is being added to the game's original home.

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Coaches, not subterfuge, are the finals X-factor

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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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Dessie's midnight visit pays dividends

Roy Masters A midnight visit to Belmore exactly a year ago convinced Manly's premiership coach Des Hasler he should switch to the Bulldogs.

Cronulla coach 'knew of doping'

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Roy Masters Club directors believe five knew about alleged doping procedures and kept them hidden.

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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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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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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 not drug test NRL referees?

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Roy Masters The NRL has hyped up its anti-doping measures for by players but ignores the men whose judgment calls have potentially the most critical effect on the outcome of games.

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Side effects: plans thrown into chaos by Manly defeat

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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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Why succeeding often means failure

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Roy Masters IT'S preferable to be the coach who follows the coach who follows the legend. Just ask anyone who followed Jack Gibson, particularly after his appointments at Eastern Suburbs (two premierships) and...