Rugby League

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is a sports reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald

Son of a gun: Nathan Cleary has stepped out of dad Ivan's shadow.

Cleary began playing rugby league six years ago

Nathan Cleary's introduction to rugby league was enough to turn most away from the game for life. At a local park in Auckland six years ago, a scrawny 13-year-old son of a gun picked up a football for the first time - taking on bearded men in an open age game that would be the making of a teenage prodigy.

Tough times: Injuries have seen Brett Morris miss 24 of the 51 games Canterbury have played since he arrived in Belmore.

The price of pain: Brett Morris' battle at the Bulldogs

Brett Morris knows this wasn't the way the story was meant to go. Signed to the Bulldogs as a representative player on a long-term deal to wear the No.1 jersey, things haven't gone to script for one of the most prolific try-scorers of the modern era.

Running hard: Jason Taumalolo will be a key figure for the Cowboys this season.

Cowboys steal win at the death

In his first game back since breaking his jaw in a sickening tackle from Ryan James, Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco has shown why he's the NRL's next million dollar man.