Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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How the NRL teams rate heading into rep season

Michael Chammas No one expected the Bulldogs to start the year as competition leaders without a genuine fullback, but halves Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson have been integral to their success.

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Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys and Warriors seek cure for World Cup hangover

Heavy workload: Johnathan Thurston is one of 12 Cowboys stars backing up from the World Cup.

Michael Chammas It's no surprise those teams suffering from the strongest dose of a World Cup hangover were those heavily represented in last year's end-of-season tournament in the United Kingdom.

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Ryan Hoffman edges closer to cap record in City-Country clash for State of Origin

On track for record: Melbourne's veteran City rep Ryan Hoffman.

Michael Chammas Ryan Hoffman will join City coach Brad Fittler and Blues coach Laurie Daley on one game shy of equalling the record for the most number of appearances in the annual City-Country clash on Sunday.

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Adam Reynolds stills holds Origin hopes despite slow start to year

A fire inside: Adam Reynolds (centre) is congratulated at last year’s City-Country match.

Michael Chammas This time last year Adam Reynolds was knocking down the door and demanding to be selected for NSW.

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Billy Slater not distracted by push for Greg Inglis

Top man: Billy Slater trains with the Australian team on Tuesday, ahead of Friday's Test against New Zealand.

Michael Chammas Greg Inglis' footsteps are getting louder, but Australian fullback Billy Slater has felt players coming for his rep jerseys his entire career.

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Courageous Sezer in doubt for City after playing with injury

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Michael Chammas Gold Coast Titans five-eighth Aidan Sezer is in doubt for next Sunday's City-Country clash in Dubbo after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's win against the Tigers.

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Wests Tigers not the finished article, admits coach Mick Potter

Ambush: Greg Bird celebrates a try in the Titans' shock win against Wests Tigers.

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter conceded his side didn't look like a top-of-the-table team in Sunday’s 22-6 loss to the Gold Coast Titans at Leichhardt Oval.

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Gold Coast Titans give Wests Tigers a taste of their own medicine

Tangled up in blue: Titans players tackle Sitaleki Akauola at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

Michael Chammas At the same ground and in almost identical conditions, the Gold Coast Titans did to the Wests Tigers what the Tigers did to Manly just three weeks ago.

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Home truths: why playing at big venues pays off for Sydney clubs

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Michael Chammas In part two of a series, Michael Chammas examines the financial advantages of Sydney clubs moving games to larger grounds.

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Eels, Wanderers unveil $120m plan to upgrade Pirtek Stadium

Artist's impression of stage one of Parramatta Stadium's redevelopment.

Michael Chammas The Parramatta Eels and Western Sydney Wanderers have unveiled a $120 million proposal to turn Pirtek Stadium into a 32,000-seat venue that would supersede plans to build a new stadium in western...

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Rabbitohs show why you should try this at home

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Michael Chammas The gamble South Sydney took almost a decade ago when they packed up and moved their games from their spiritual heartland to western Sydney has not only paid off, but paved the way for rugby league...

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Tim Grant holds no grudges after release from Panthers

Off to Souths ... Penrith's Tim Grant

Michael Chammas South Sydney-bound Panthers prop Tim Grant insists he would be a "hypocrite" to criticise the Panthers for releasing him given he embraced the change at the club over the past two years.

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St George Illawarra Dragons v Sydney Roosters

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Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

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Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors

Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

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Brisbane Broncos v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

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North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels

Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

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NRL previews

Michael Chammas Dragons v Roosters: This is going to be one of the best games of the season. There's something special about this annual clash on ANZAC Day, and while the Dragons have enjoyed most of the success in...

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Gold Coast Titans forward Greg Bird denies squirrel grip accusation

Greg Bird and Matt Scott tackle Panthers forward Nigel Plum but he gets an offload away.

Michael Chammas Titans co-captain Greg Bird has denied accusations that he squeezed the testicles of Panthers back-rower Sika Manu on Monday night.

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Penrith Panthers edge Gold Coast Titans in gripping contest

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Michael Chammas Penrith's gutsy 14-12 victory over the table-topping Titans could be overshadowed by accusations that Titans co-captain Greg Bird performed a "squirrel grip" on Penrith's Sika Manu on Monday night.

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'I'll walk nude through Pitt Street if that was a try:' North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green fuming after defeat

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Michael Chammas North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston has again raised concerns over a Cowboys conspiracy as his coach pledged to ‘‘walk nude through Pitt Street’’ if Kieran...

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