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Roy Masters is a Sports Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Fierce international rivalries spawn special kinship

Fierce international rivalries spawn special kinship

Tommy Raudonikis will be missed at the annual Former International Greats lunch as he continues his recovery from cancer but his mates will be sure to raise a glass to him.

  • by Roy Masters

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TV ratings, tight results and referees make for demanding finals

TV ratings, tight results and referees make for demanding finals

The NRL has the results, rivalries and ratings it wanted. But it also has problems on and off the field.

  • by Roy Masters
Why the pressure is on the Roosters to deliver an NRL title
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Why the pressure is on the Roosters to deliver an NRL title

Sydney Roosters and Melbourne have dominated the NRL in recent times, but the Tricolours have failed to deliver when it matters.

  • by Roy Masters
Has rest become even more important in this tight finals series?
Analysis

Has rest become even more important in this tight finals series?

It’s better to be rested than rusted in a season with reason: momentum ain’t what it used to be.

  • by Roy Masters
Balmain stave off voluntary administration, but fight is far from over

Balmain stave off voluntary administration, but fight is far from over

Balmain Tigers have demonstrated their traditional fighting spirit, staving off voluntary administration by negotiating a significant financial contribution from Heworth Pty Ltd.

  • by Roy Masters
The day my Saints and Souths’ sinners finally crossed the line

The day my Saints and Souths’ sinners finally crossed the line

Last time St George met South Sydney in the finals, the match was marred by a stink so brutal it sparked a change in attitudes towards on-field violence.

  • by Roy Masters
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NRL trumps AFL in TV ratings war
Analysis

NRL trumps AFL in TV ratings war

The NRL has eclipsed the AFL as the most-watched football code in the country for the first time in eight years.

  • by Roy Masters
Player agents offer most of their clients nothing but false hope

Player agents offer most of their clients nothing but false hope

More than 5000 footballers are contracted to NRL-accredited player managers, but only one in 10 of them make it to the NRL.

  • by Roy Masters
Why big Brisbane crowd may be best thing for under-fire Dragons
Analysis

Why big Brisbane crowd may be best thing for under-fire Dragons

Wayne Bennett and St George Illawarra have plenty of history, so victory for the Dragons in Bennett's backyard would be particularly sweet.

  • by Roy Masters
Canterbury Bulldogs lose key sponsor over Mad Monday scandal
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Canterbury Bulldogs lose key sponsor over Mad Monday scandal

Electronics company Jaycar has been a key backer of the Bulldogs since 2009 but has pulled a $500,000-a-season sponsorship in a huge financial blow to the club.

  • by Roy Masters
Keeping them honest: How the NRL plans to stamp out dodgy deals

Keeping them honest: How the NRL plans to stamp out dodgy deals

League Central hopes a series of new measures will make players and their managers more accountable and combat salary cap cheating.

  • by Roy Masters