Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

North Queensland coach Paul Green blasts refs for "not knowing what was going on" in loss to Penrith

Michael Chammas Cowboys coach Paul Green has criticised the referees for "not knowing what was going on" after they sent Matthew Wright to the sin bin at a pivotal time in Monday night's loss to Penrith.

Penrith Panthers score thrilling win over North Queensland Cowboys with Jamie Soward starring

Starring role: Jamie Soward was the most valuable player for Penrith in their win over North Queensland.

Michael Chammas The Panthers might have went after Johnathan Thurston as their priority recruit, but on Monday night Jamie Soward proved that he was more than just a second prize, leading the Panthers to a...

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Laurie Daley extends deal to coach NSW Blues until 2017

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Michael Chammas Blues coach Laurie Daley insists the desire to continue coaching NSW outweighed any interest in taking up a role as an NRL coach next year.

Laurie Daley to remain NSW Origin coach until 2017

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Michael Chammas The NSWRL has extended the contract of Origin-winning coach Laurie Daley until the end of 2017.

ASADA timeline: How the events unfolded

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan was stood down pending a review in July 2013.

Michael Chammas How the ASADA investigation has affected the Cronulla Sharks since it was announced in 2013.

Ivan Cleary says Cowboys have more weapons than just Thurston

Class to burn: North Queensland’s talisman Johnathan Thurston.

Michael Chammas Panthers coach Ivan Cleary insists there's more to North Queensland than the man they tried so hard to lure to Penrith.

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Panthers coach Ivan Cleary wants 40-20 rule changed now

Opportunity lost: Eels halfback Chris Sandow finds a gap against the Bulldogs.

Michael Chammas Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has urged the NRL to scrap the rules relating to the 40-20 before the start of the next round.

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Eight years in the NRL: How your team fared in the 16-team competition

The Titans have struggled to make a big impact since joining the comp in 2007.

Michael Chammas Since the Gold Coast Titans joined the competition in 2007, most teams have been on a rollercoaster ride in search of success.

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Parramatta Eels reaping rewards of resting Jarryd Hayne during Origin, says coach Brad Arthur

Firing after Origin: Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne is in red-hot form.

Michael Chammas While most of the NSW Blues players have faltered since returning to club football, Eels coach Brad Arthur believes the decision to rest Jarryd Hayne during the Origin period is paying dividends.

James Segeyaro is raking in the credits as Penrith's first-choice hooker

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Michael Chammas The Panthers had just won their third game on the trot with James Segeyaro as their starting hooker when the club announced the signing of South Sydney's Apisai Koroisau for next season.

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The finals countdown: where the NRL contenders will finish

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Michael Chammas As one of the closest finals races in recent years reaches the pointy end, Michael Chammas casts an eye over the clubs in contention and assesses their run home.

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Eric Grothe rates Jarryd Hayne superior to his NRL 2009 breakout season

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Michael Chammas Jarryd Hayne says he is no superman, but the Parramatta fullback is on course to surpass the heroics of his incredible 2009 season.

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Sydney Roosters: Drama on the other side but Mitchell Pearce wants a thriller

Ready for the Titans: Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce.

Michael Chammas Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce believes his side will be ready to combat the extra emotion surrounding John Cartwright's last game in charge of the Titans.

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NRL considers funding all junior development in a major revamp of the game's pathways

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Brad Walter and Michael Chammas The NRL may fund all junior development across the game under a major revamp of pathways that could see the under 20s National Youth Competition scrapped and the introduction of a rookie draft.

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Wests Tigers will try to keep their NRL season alive against the Sydney Roosters on Saturday

Dejected: Wests Tigers players stand in goal awaiting a conversion attempt after one of the Cowboys' 12 tries on Saturday night.

Michael Chammas It's been the fortnight from hell for the Wests Tigers, but there doesn't look to be a reprieve in sight with a game against the premiers set to be the final nail in the coffin for their season this...

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Bulldogs player Josh Reynolds kicked Sam Thaiday in the face but he understands

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Michael Chammas Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds has found an unlikely ally in Sam Thaiday, who has defended Reynolds over the kick to his face on Friday night.

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Nigel Plum is head, shoulders, knees and ankles above the odds in playing with injury

True warrior: Nigel Plum shows how he is strapped up to reduce pain and injury during games.

Michael Chammas You would be hard-pressed to find a player in the NRL who goes through more than Nigel Plum to prepare for a game of football.

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Michael Maguire delighted with Adam Reynolds-Luke Keary combination

Good times: the Rabbitohs celebrate a Sam Burgess try.

Michael Chammas Having declared John Sutton as his long term five-eighth a few weeks ago, Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire insists he's open to retaining the Adam Reynolds-Luke Keary combination when his skipper...

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Geoff Toovey criticises refs as Manly feel the pain

Steve Matai doubles over following a tackle in the fifth minute.

Michael Chammas Manly coach Geoff Toovey has criticised the referees for allowing South Sydney to "wrestle the crap" out of his team on Friday night.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs new premiership favourites after big win over Manly Sea Eagles

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Michael Chammas In round 23 last year the Rabbitohs left Gosford with a 22-10 win, only to bow out to Manly 30-20 in the preliminary final six weeks later.

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