Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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

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.

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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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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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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Parramatta deal a boost to students of the game

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Roy Masters THE saddest, possibly the blackest, day in rugby league history occurred in 1937, according to a past chairman of the ARL, Bill Buckley.

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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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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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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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League's Super fund

Roy Masters WHEN Channel Nine boss David Gyngell let out a sigh of relief at the ARL Commission's declaration it had awarded the Nine/Fox Sports consortium the broadcasting rights, the emission of emotion from...

With its future secure, league banks on its past for the stuff that legends are made of

Roy Masters Having secured its financial future, rugby league celebrates its past today with the opening of a museum at the code's Sydney headquarters.

Time to blow whistle on refs rotating jobs

Roy Masters The best result of the semi-finals starting on Friday night is that the number of referees will halve and then halve again the following weekend.

Storm must pick big pack to counter Manly brawn

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Roy Masters Two months ago, none of the other semi-final-bound teams wanted to meet the Bulldogs in the grand final.

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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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A bittersweet victory for the players' coach

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Roy Masters Twice in the jubilant Storm dressing room, the coach Craig Bellamy confessed to a strange emptiness.

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Super Sunday the wild card in TV rights push

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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.

Fullbacks on the rise in the modern-day pecking order

Roy Masters Magpies greats, such as Noel Kelly and Tom Raudonikis, will gather at the SCG today for the foundation club's annual reunion, before shuffling across to Allianz Stadium on arthritic knees to watch...

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It's tough to wrestle with stats: NRL's top teams have balance just right

Roy Masters Super coach Wayne Bennett is in unfamiliar territory with the Knights, the legendary premiership winner having one of his worst starts to a season in his 26 years in the top grade.

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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.

The brain game provides one of many challenges for today's coaches

Roy Masters A neurologist friend tells me there is a part of the brain that actually grows in adulthood.