Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Penrith Panthers five-eighth Jamie Soward could miss six weeks if he undergoes back surgery

Michael Chammas Penrith five-eighth Jamie Soward could be forced to undergo back surgery that would see him miss up to six matches for the Panthers.

Parramatta Eels poach Kieran Foran from Manly Sea Eagles and insist there are more signings to come

Sea Eagle to Eel: Kieran Foran.

Adrian Proszenko and Michael Chammas Kieran Foran has admitted the appeal of playing under Brad Arthur was a major factor in his decision to walk away from Manly to sign a lucrative deal with Parramatta from next season.

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Jarryd Hayne departs Sydney bound for the San Francisco 49ers

Jarryd Hayne

Michael Chammas Within hours of Parramatta celebrating the signature of marquee man Kieran Foran, their former prized possession departed Australian shores on a one way ticket to Los Angeles.

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Manly coach Geoff Toovey admits Sea Eagles are interested in Todd Carney

No half measures: Todd Carney could replace the departing Daly Cherry-Evans at Manly.

Michael Chammas Manly Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey has earmarked NRL discard Todd Carney as a potential replacement for departing halfback Daly Cherry-Evans.

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Wests Tigers' Matthew Lodge fined and stood down from St George Illawarra Dragons clash

Matthew Lodge

Michael Chammas Tigers forward Matthew Lodge has been stood down from Monday night's clash with St George Illawarra and fined $10,000 as part of his punishment for an off-field misdemeanour in January.

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Scott and Houston likely to spend time on sidelines after dangerous tackle on Thurston

Beau Scott tackle on Johnathan Thurston - screengrab

Michael Chammas Newcastle duo Beau Scott and Chris Houston are likely to face sanction over a dangerous tackle on Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston on Saturday night.

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Matt Moylan pushes Origin case with starring role in Penrith Panthers' victory against Gold Coast Titans

Clean set of heels: Matt Moylan runs the ball in Bathurst.

Michael Chammas In the same week Laurie Daley declared him a genuine State of Origin prospect, Penrith fullback Matt Moylan put on a masterclass.

Penrith Panthers prop Brent Kite to retire at the end of the season

End of the road: Brent Kite during the round one NRL match against the Bulldogs.

Michael Chammas After 14 seasons in the NRL, veteran Panthers prop Brent Kite has decided to hang up the boots at the end of the year as one of the most capped players in the history of the game.

Manly Sea Eagles halfback Daly Cherry-Evans not fussed about fan backlash at Brookvale Oval

Job to do: Daly Cherry-Evans at training with his Manly teammates.

Michael Chammas Departing Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans insists he won't be fazed by a potential mixed reception from his home fans when he returns to Brookvale Oval for the first time since announcing his...

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Halfback Luke Brooks proves he's the one calling the shots at the Wests Tigers

Taking the reins: Luke Brooks on the attack against the Titans in round 1.

Michael Chammas Last Saturday night's one-point win against the Titans was the first real indication Luke Brooks had developed the confidence and authority to dictate terms as the general of the Wests Tigers.

Set of Six: Daly Cherry-Evans under the microscope after Titans deal

Weather the Storm: Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans has plenty on his mind.

Michael Chammas The big issues in this weekend's round of NRL.

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Canterbury Bulldogs' calculated leap of faith in Michael Lichaa places weight of expectation on his shoulders

Michael Chammas Even the expectation of bursting into the NRL as the hottest rookie in the game could not have prepared Michael Lichaa for what would unfold in the months following his contract announcement at...

Why Penrith Panthers rookie Reagan Campbell-Gillard didn't play league for seven years

On the charge: Young Penrith forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard.

Michael Chammas Georgina Campbell tells the story about why her son, after copping a heavy hit as a nine-year-old, gave up rugby league in a teary exit from a junior footy game in western Sydney over a decade ago.

Sydney Roosters' Michael Jennings races from Townsville to be at brother George's debut for Penrith Panthers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: George Jennings of the Panthers is tackled during the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas and Michael Carayannis As his little brother was waking up before his maiden NRL appearance last Sunday, Michael Jennings was boarding a plane in Townsville to get to Penrith in time for his former club's opening game of...

Luke Keary and James Maloney frontrunners for NSW No.6 jersey if Josh Reynolds isn't fit

Bright start: Luke Keary breaks away from the Brisbane defence in round one.

Michael Chammas Sunday afternoon's match between South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters shapes as an early State of Origin audition between James Maloney and Luke Keary with Josh Reynolds racing the clock to be fit.

Canterbury coach Des Hasler's 'suggestion' on referees may see him fined by NRL

Loose lips: Des Hasler's comments on referees may get him in hot water.

Michael Chammas Canterbury coach Des Hasler could become the first coach fined for breaking the NRL’s newpolicy which prohibits coaches from commenting on referees after matches.

Russell Packer to meet NRL for first time in bid to make return with St George Illawarra Dragons

Russell Packer is hoping to return to the NRL with the Dragons.

Michael Chammas Russell Packer will move a step closer to a return to rugby league when he meets NRL officials on Tuesday for the first time since his release from jail in January.

Penrith Panthers hold on for victory despite a late comeback from Canterbury Bulldogs

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: Matthew Moylan of the Panthers congratulates team mate George Jennings after scoring a goal during the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas For almost 70 minutes the Penrith Panthers made last year's grand finalists look second rate, but despite a mini lapse of concentration, they withheld a late Bulldogs onslaught to register a 24-18...

Statement of intent: red hot Sydney Roosters run rampant over hapless North Queensland Cowboys

Joke's on you: James Maloney laughs at Cowboys talisman Johnathan Thurston.

Michael Chammas Another of the competition heavyweights flexed their muscles in the opening round as the Sydney Roosters joined arch rivals South Sydney in racking up dominant wins to start the new year.

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Kieran Foran's future uncertain in the short and long term

Kieran Foran hobbles off for the Sea Eagles.

Michael Chammas Kieran Foran's long-term future at Manly is up in the air and now his immediate future is unclear after a hamstring injury on Friday night.