Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

James Roberts the most naturally gifted footballer I've seen, says James Segeyaro

Michael Chammas No one could do the things James Roberts does on a football field, former Panthers teammates say ahead of their clash against the Titans on Saturday.

North Queensland skipper Johnathan Thurston's toughness a mark of the man, says coach Paul Green

Toughness personified: Johnathan Thurston.

Michael Chammas The skills of Johnathan Thurston came to the fore on Monday night but Cowboys coach Paul Green paid tribute to the toughness of his superstar skipper.

Johnathan Thurston produces masterclass as North Queensland Cowboys upset South Sydney Rabbitohs

High fives: Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston celebrates with his teammates after the try by Justin O'Neill.

Michael Chammas The Rabbitohs opened the scoring just the second minute when David Tyrell crashed over from close range to register his second try in as many matches.

Penrith Panthers centre Jamal Idris set to miss rest of the season

Jamal Idris ices his knee on the sidelines after being injured in Saturday evening's game against Manly.

Michael Chammas The Penrith Panthers have been dealt a huge blow with centre Jamal Idris expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Des Hasler believes referees made right decision not sending off Tyson Frizell for high tackle on Tim Browne

Michael Chammas Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has surprisingly leapt to the support of the referees, defending their decision not to send off Dragons forward Tyson Frizell for a swinging arm that floored prop...

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Benji Marshall magic leads ruthless St George Illawarra Dragons to convincing victory against the Canterbury Bulldogs

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12:  Josh Reynolds of the Bulldogs tackles Benji Marshall of the Dragons during the round six NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on April 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas Marshall the magician hadn't been spotted in rugby league circles since his disappearing act from Leichhardt left him wandering the sidelines of Eden Park just over 12 months ago.

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Jarryd Hayne has the athleticism to make the NFL grade says San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Great athlete: Jarryd Hayne trains with the San Francisco 49ers.

Daniel Lane and Michael Chammas San Francisco 49ers quarterback  Colin Kaepernick said he has been amazed by the athleticism of former NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne in the formative stages of his bid to secure a berth on the...

Parramatta Eels doctor quits after criticism over Nathan Peats concussion drama

Nathan Peats receives treatment against the Warriors.

Michael Chammas The doctor at the centre of the Nathan Peats concussion controversy has stood down from his role as the Parramatta Eels' NRL team doctor.

NSW Origin and Test forward Beau Scott to sign three-year deal with Parramatta Eels next week

Scott free: Beau Scott is returning to Sydney to play for Parramatta next year.

Michael Chammas The Parramatta Eels are set to bolster an already imposing forward pack with NSW Origin and Test forward Beau Scott expected to sign a two-year deal with the club next week.

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Panthers rookie Waqa Blake played rugby league by accident

Accidental hero: Waqa Blake.

Michael Chammas When Panthers rookie sensation Waqa Blake arrived in Australia from Fiji as a nine-year-old, his mother registered him to the local rugby union team - at least that's what they thought.

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Cronulla Sharks prop Andrew Fifita opens up about battle with depression and how he almost quit to be a carpenter

Michael Chammas Andrew Fifita's life had spiralled so far out of control, he was planning to quit the game to move overseas and become a carpenter.

Canterbury's James Graham, Sam Kasiano, David Klemmer, Michael Lichaa take early pleas

Banned: David Klemmer and James Graham have been suspended following their confrontation with referee Gerard Sutton last Friday.

Michael Chammas The four Canterbury players charged from the Good Friday clash against South Sydney have all taken the early plea, while South Sydney prop George Burgess will head to the judiciary on Wednesday night.

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Panthers coach Ivan Cleary says young players finding out NRL is 'not all beer and skittles'

Show time: Johnathan Thurston and Michael Morgan congratulate Ethan Lowe after his try against the Panthers.

Michael Chammas The Panthers have relied heavily on the rapid development of the club's youth but after three straight losses coach Ivan Cleary believes they are finding out the NRL is "not all beer and skittles".

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Lachlan Coote relishing long-awaited meeting with former club Panthers

Michael Chammas North Queensland's Lachlan Coote admits he's making up for lost time in a career that promised so much when he first burst on to the NRL scene with Penrith in 2008.

Canterbury fullback Brett Morris unlikely to play before Origin with hamstring injury

Casualty: Brett Morris is halted by the Rabbitohs defence.

Michael Chammas The toll of the fiery Good Friday confrontation could result in up to six Canterbury players missing this weekend's game against the Dragons, with fullback Brett Morris facing the prospect of not...

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NRL match review committee investigating allegations Canterbury hooker Michael Lichaa called referee a 'dog'

Allegation: Michael Lichaa has come under scrutiny.

Michael Chammas The NRL match review committee will investigate allegations that Canterbury hooker Michael Lichaa called referee Gerard Sutton a "dog" during the controversial Good Friday clash against South Sydney.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire left counting the cost of battle

Michael Chammas South Sydney coach Michael Maguire was delighted with the victory over the Bulldogs but it has come at a heavy cost.

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Canterbury Bulldogs skipper James Graham says tirade at referees was a build-up of frustration

Michael Chammas James Graham's on field approach to the referees is set to come under fire in the coming days but said his reaction was just a build up of frustration.

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Referees boss Tony Archer says penalty correct if it was late, high or dangerous

The hit: James Graham collides with Adam Reynolds.

Michael Chammas Referees boss Tony Archer wouldn't confirm whether the officials made the right call awarding a penalty to South Sydney in the dying minutes of their clash against Canterbury.

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Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler: 'It is not what sport in this country is about'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13:  Bulldogs Coach, Des Hasler speaks to the media following the round two NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on March 13, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was forced to make an official apology on behalf of the club after several fans were escorted from ANZ Stadium for throwing bottles at the match officials.

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