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

Fittler’s perfect tactics against fractured Maroons
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Fittler’s perfect tactics against fractured Maroons

NSW won in Perth, but the greatest weapon in the Queensland arsenal is the chip on their shoulder; their entrenched need to avenge NSW insults, relish adversity and triumph over injustice. And they will use all of them in the decider.

  • by Roy Masters

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Blues will be better in Perth, but can they match Maroons’ desire?
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Blues will be better in Perth, but can they match Maroons’ desire?

NSW’s players resent the accusation Queensland have a mortgage on passion when it comes to Origin. But sometimes it’s hard to argue otherwise.

  • by Roy Masters
Panthers legend Ashurst the best footballer no-one knew about
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Panthers legend Ashurst the best footballer no-one knew about

He hated tackling and training, but Bill Ashurst was one of the greatest English players to ever play in Sydney.

  • by Roy Masters
‘Violent and original’: Rugby league masterpieces are drafted away from the big stage

‘Violent and original’: Rugby league masterpieces are drafted away from the big stage

Cameron Munster’s explosive brilliance for Queensland in Origin I was built on being “regular and orderly” off the field.

  • by Roy Masters
Fibros and silver tales: Rugby league and politics always a strange brew
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Fibros and silver tales: Rugby league and politics always a strange brew

Half a century ago, six internationals were vocal in their support for Gough Whitlam. The story is different in 2022 with modern-day players taking a wide berth.

  • by Roy Masters
Detective involved in Jack de Belin rape case under internal investigation

Detective involved in Jack de Belin rape case under internal investigation

The Wollongong detective was strongly criticised for his conduct in the investigation but the District Court judge Andrew Haesler ultimately allowed the case to proceed.

  • by Roy Masters
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League war escalates with ARLC refusing to pay Blues $2m Origin funding
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League war escalates with ARLC refusing to pay Blues $2m Origin funding

The national board signed off on Maroons’ State of Origin budget but has refused to pay NSW.

  • by Roy Masters
Age just a number - that’s how Royce rolls
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Age just a number - that’s how Royce rolls

Royce Simmons is the perfect example to modern rugby league players about the importance of staying youthful.

  • by Roy Masters
‘An enormous market’: Abdo backs New Zealand for 18th NRL team

‘An enormous market’: Abdo backs New Zealand for 18th NRL team

While the NRL boss insists that the Dolphins becoming competitive when they join in 2023 is paramount, there is a growing need to broaden the game’s talent pool.

  • by Roy Masters
Young talent time: Why New Zealand is the answer to NRL player drain
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Young talent time: Why New Zealand is the answer to NRL player drain

With the Dolphins coming in next year and an 18th team on the horizon, the NRL must prioritise an increase in playing talent before looking at the bottom line.

  • by Roy Masters
Farewell then, Coates, as AOC president - our 18th century French statesman
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Farewell then, Coates, as AOC president - our 18th century French statesman

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord’s name is a byword for crafty, resourceful diplomacy. John Dowling Coates is cut from the same cloth.

  • by Roy Masters