Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor wants to see Marty Taupau control his aggression

Michael Chammas South Sydney coach Michael Maguire didn’t have a problem with Marty Taupau’s shot on an unaware Adam Reynolds but Tigers coach Jason Taylor wants the enforcer to err on the side of...

Wounded Dylan Walker stars in South Sydney Rabbitohs' victory over Wests Tigers

Gutsy effort: Dylan Walker and the Rabbitohs celebrate the centre's try against the Tigers.

Michael Chammas South Sydney centre Dylan Walker produced an inspired two-try performance playing through a suspected hand fracture to help the Rabbitohs to a 20-6 victory over the Wests Tigers.

Wests Tigers trio Luke Brooks, James Tedesco and Mitchell Moses the next 'big three'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20:  Young Wests Tigers players Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks chat before a trainning session at Concord Oval on March 20, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media)

Michael Chammas Together, Mitchell Moses, Luke Brooks and James Tedesco will carry the hopes of the Wests Tigers for the next decade with their performances on the field and marketability off it.

Kieran Foran is just the start of a new blue and gold dynasty as Parramatta Eels continue to rebuild

Blue-and-gold: Kieran Foran could be at the head of a star-studded Eels line-up.

Michael Chammas With Kieran Foran on his way to Parramatta on a four-year deal worth just over a million dollars a season, the days of settling for mediocrity at Parramatta are over.

Will Hopoate looking to cement his spot in the No.1 jersey for Parramatta Eels

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Michael Chammas The six big questions ahead of the weekend's games in round three of the NRL.

Josh Mansour returns earlier than expected after making his Test debut last year

Man up: Josh Mansour scores a try for Australia against Samoa in November

Michael Chammas After deliberating with coach Ivan Cleary and Phil Gould, Josh Mansour was given the OK to delay the start of his 2015 campaign in order to make his Test debut last year.

Penrith Panthers five-eighth Jamie Soward undergoes back surgery and will miss up to six weeks

Caption:SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21: Jamie Soward of the Panthers looks on during the NRL Trial Match between the Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels at Sportingbet Stadium on February 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas Penrith Panthers five-eighth Jamie Soward will miss up to six weeks after undergoing lower back surgery on Tuesday night.

Adam Reynolds hits back at criticism of South Sydney club doctor over concussion ruling

Confidence in doctor: Adam Reynolds leaves the field during the match against the Roosters.

Michael Chammas South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds has defended the decision of the club doctor to send him back on the field despite copping a heavy head knock against the Roosters on Sunday.

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

Back issues: Panthers five-eighth Jamie Soward kicks during the round two win over the Gold Coast Titans at Carrington Park in Bathurst.

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...