Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Parramatta Eels doctor quits after criticism over Nathan Peats concussion drama

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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Canterbury Bulldogs fans facing life bans for throwing bottles at match officials as Adam Reynolds faces five months in the stands

Unfortunate incident: James Graham calls for assistance for the floored Adam Reynolds.

Michael Chammas Good Friday was anything but for the NRL with a handful of Canterbury fans now facing life bans after lashing out against match officials and South Sydney supporters after a controversial loss at ANZ...

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South Sydney Rabbitohs win by point over Canterbury Bulldogs in controversial Good Friday clash

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 03: James Graham of the Bulldogs reacts after referee, Gerard Sutton awards a penalty try during the round five NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas In one of the most extraordinary finishes in rugby league history, a controversial penalty against Canterbury skipper James Graham has cost the Bulldogs victory against South Sydney on Good Friday.

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South Sydney hooker Issac Luke feels like he still has something to achieve after missing last year's grand final

Issac Luke

Michael Chammas For everything his teammates did to make him feel part of last year's premiership triumph, South Sydney hooker Issac Luke still feels like he has unfinished business.

Lawyer for Cronulla players questions whether they should have accepted ASADA deal

The NSW general manager of Shine Lawyers is representing three ex-Cronulla players including Broderick Wright.

Michael Carayannis, Michael Chammas The lawyer representing three former Cronulla players who are involved in legal action against the club has questioned whether players should have taken ASADA’s backdated ban in light of the...

Daly Cherry-Evans defends Jake Trbojevic's tackle on Jason Nightingale

Jake Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles in actions against the Dragons.

Michael Chammas Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans believes prop Jake Trbojevic shouldn't have been charged with a dangerous throw, describing his tackle on Jason Nightingale as 'a great rugby league tackle'.

Suspended South Sydney centre Kirisome Auva'a fails appeal to get NRL ban reduced

Rabbitoh in hot water: Kirisome Auva'a leaves the Melbourne Magistrates' Court in November.

Michael Chammas Suspended South Sydney centre Kirisome Auva'a has failed in his bid to appeal against his ban from the NRL.

Rabbitohs won't reflect on premiership success before grand final rematch with Bulldogs

Just forget it: Adam Reynolds and the Rabbitohs celebrate with fans at Town Hall.

Michael Chammas For three years under the Michael Maguire regime, South Sydney refused to look ahead - now they are hell-bent on not looking back.