Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Mitchell Pearce in box seat for State of Origin after Sydney Roosters' victory over Bulldogs

Michael Chammas Will Laurie Daley show loyalty and stick with Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson or did the loss to the Sydney Roosters end their chances?

Blues State of Origin 2015 jersey is more Mitchell Pearce's to lose than Josh Reynolds' to keep

The Big Blue: Friday's clash between the Bulldogs and Roosters will be an Origin audition for Mitchell Pearce and Josh Reynolds.

Michael Chammas Laurie Daley is all but set on the NSW Blues No.6 but will still keep a close eye on Friday's clash between Mitchell Pearce and Josh Reynolds.

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Canterbury Bulldogs captain James Graham says he's learnt lesson but won't tone down passion

Michael Chammas Canterbury skipper James Graham says he's learnt from the Bad Friday boil over incident but insists he won't be toning down his passion levels when he returns from suspension against the Roosters on...

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Parramatta Eels boss Scott Seward defends 'overcautious' approach to Richie Fa'aoso injury

Off the field: Richie Fa'aoso leaves the field against the Storm.

Michael Chammas Parramatta chief executive Scott Seward described it as "overcautious" but is adamant the Eels weren't exploiting a loophole when Richie Fa'aoso was taken from the field for a concussion test on...

Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith says Billy Slater still NRL's best fullback

Mahe Fonua of the Storm congratulates teammate Billy Slater after he scored.

Michael Chammas Is Billy Slater still the best fullback in the game or has Greg Inglis surpassed him? Craig Bellamy and Cameron Smith think Billy's still No.1.

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Richie Fa'aoso concussion test to come under scrutiny in Parramatta Eels' loss to Melbourne Storm

Try-time:  Mahe Fonua congratulates Billy Slater after his try.

Michael Chammas Richie Fa'aoso was taken from the field for a concussion test but the Eels forward was clutching at a shoulder injury. The Eels still got two free interchanges.

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British Olympian 49er Lawrence Okoye tells Jarryd Hayne plenty of bad days ahead

SANTA CLARA, CA - APRIL 29:  Jarryd Hayne speaks to journalist Michael Chammas during a San Fransisco 49ers media opportunity at Levi's Stadium on April 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jarryd Hayne *** Local Caption *** Jarryd Hayne

Michael Chammas Lawrence Okoye knows what Jarryd Hayne is going through having given up a spot on the British Olympic track and field team to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.

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New Zealand Rugby League comfortable with procedure to allow Kieran Foran to play Test

Contact: Kiwi five-eighth Kieran Foran has a close encounter with Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith.

Michael Chammas Was New Zealand's decision to rest Kieran Foran from the final training session before the Test match an indication he shouldn't have been allowed to play?

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Canberra Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin surging towards higher representative honours

Michael Chammas sport dinkus dink

Michael Chammas The talking points ahead of the round nine NRL fixtures.

St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan a chance to play against South Sydney Rabbitohs

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25:  Josh Dugan of the Dragons in action during the round eight NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas The eight day turnaround from last Sunday's Test match could provide Josh Dugan with a chance.

Penrith Panthers five-eighth Jamie Soward likely to return for clash against Brisbane Broncos

Not in the pink: Jamie Soward in action against the Bulldogs.

Michael Chammas Penrith Panthers five-eighth Jamie Soward is in line to make a return against the Brisbane Broncos on Friday night.

Kieran Foran has 'political turmoil' get-out clause in Parramatta Eels four-year deal

Sea Eagle to Eel: Kieran Foran.

Michael Chammas Kieran Foran has a get-out clause in his contract with the Parramatta Eels.

San Francisco 49ers hopeful of Jarryd Hayne's pilgrimage to the Promised Land

Michael Chammas It's the incredible journey that Jarryd Hayne says he would never have embarked on six months ago had he known what he does today.

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San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde takes Jarryd Hayne under his wing

SANTA CLARA, CA - APRIL 29:  Jarryd Hayne #38 of the San Francisco 49ers speaks to Carlos Hyde #28 of the San Francisco 49ers during a media opportunity at Levi's Stadium on April 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas Who is the player that has taken Jarryd Hayne under his wing at the San Francisco 49ers?

Jarryd Hayne's San Francisco 49ers roommate Lance Lewis was asking 'Jarryd who?'

Jarryd Hayne's roommate, Lance Lewis, in action for the 49ers last season.

Michael Chammas Jarryd who? Who that? Jarryd Hayne's 49ers roommate Lance Lewis didn't even know the Australian signed with the club before being assigned to the same room.

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Jarryd Hayne admits he still has a huge mountain ahead at San Francisco 49ers

Playbook clues: learning the 49ers moves is Jarryd Hayne's biggest obstacle.

Michael Chammas Playbook still his major concern as former NRL great gets help from the man most likely to get nod for job.

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San Francisco 49ers' Levi's Stadium being looked at as model in Sydney stadium war

Michael Chammas Jarryd Hayne's new home, San Francisco 49ers' Levi's Stadium, is being considered as a model for the Sydney stadia policy.

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Jarryd Hayne's manager planning to hold American football workouts in Sydney with NRL players

Jarryd Hayne's US agent Jack Bechta.

Michael Chammas Is Jarryd Hayne the pioneer who opens the door for more NRL players to test themselves in the United States?

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Jarryd Hayne has a five-year NFL career, says US agent Jack Bechta

Living the dream: Jarryd Hayne trains with the San Francisco 49ers.

Michael Chammas Meet the US player agent behind the Hayne Plane, who believes the former Parramatta fullback has a five-year NFL career ahead of him.

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Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor defends decision to assess Pat Richards for concussion despite criticism from Canterbury Bulldogs officials

Feeling the pain: Pat Richards.

Michael Chammas Jason Taylor insists his club followed protocol taking Pat Richards off the field for a concussion test despite Bulldogs officials questioning legitimacy.