Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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Wests Tigers board rift could spill on to the field

Roy Masters IF EVER the title of this column is appropriate to an issue in sport and business, it is the impasse at Wests Tigers.

League

West Tigers' shotgun marriage wrongly favoured Balmain

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters The three prodigal sons who abandoned the Fibros and took the Silvertails' silver return to Wests Ashfield Leagues Club Friday night, two days before the Leichhardt Oval clash between NRL clubs,...

League

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

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

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League

Changing perceptions should be last thing on NRL's mind

Roy Masters Dolly Parton's most famous quote is: "I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb . . . and I also know that I'm not blonde."

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League

Shane Flanagan, Trent Elkin hadn't done their homework

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

Benji an unintended casualty of new deal for injured players

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Roy Masters Wests Tigers' apparent reluctance to re-sign Benji Marshall long term is partly related to the new collective bargaining agreement where clubs must now pay out the full value of the contract in the...

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League

Decrease in crowds due to poor form of popular sides

Fairfax Media writer

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

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

Daylight separates quick and dead slow

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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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Stars and young hopefuls growing apart

Roy Masters The recent deaths of two young players raise questions about the disconnect between an NRL team and its feeder teams, compared with the days when there was strong mentoring by senior players across...

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League

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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League

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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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...

War looms over top job

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Roy Masters ANOTHER rugby league civil war is on the distant horizon unless the ARL Commission appoints a football person as its chief executive.

Grant defends crackdown on shoulder charge on finals eve

Roy Masters ARL Commission chairman John Grant has defended the decision to take tougher action on the eve of the finals against tacklers whose shoulder makes contact with the head of an opponent as Cronulla's...

Coaches, not subterfuge, are the finals X-factor

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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Canterbury's crafty defence has opposition seeing double

Roy Masters THE Bulldogs have one of the best defensive records in the NRL, preventing the opposition scoring tries from within 20 metres of their own line.

Not one or two? Your chances are limited

Roy Masters Finishing first or second on the premiership ladder is a colossal advantage under the new finals system.

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League

Wests unite as joint venture remains anything but cosy

Roy Masters A $2.3 million debt has triggered personnel changes at Wests Tigers, with a more significant long-term realignment of ownership expected when joint venture partners, Western Suburbs, are asked to...

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