Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor believes club's injury crisis could have been prevented

Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers have been decimated by injury over the past two years but new coach Jason Taylor insists the majority of those injuries could have been avoided.

Former Penrith Panthers prop Tim Grant relishing opportunity at South Sydney Rabbitohs

Fresh start: Tim Grant is keen to re-establish himself in the NRL with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Michael Chammas Tim Grant always wanted to finish his career at the Penrith Panthers but admits his final few months at the foot of the mountains "felt like a job".

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Set of Six: All eyes on John Sutton in his return to captaincy for Redfern trial

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Michael Chammas All the big issues to keep an eye on during this weekend's round of NRL preseason trial matches.

South Sydney Rabbitohs feel heat as Luke Burgess quizzed by NRL integrity unit

Questions to answer: Luke Burgess, who moved to Manly in the off-season from Souths.

Michael Carayannis, Michael Chammas Luke Burgess had discussions with the NRL's integrity unit on Thursday as it looks to finalise the re-opened investigations into South Sydney's infamous pre-season incident in Arizona by the end of...

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Parramatta Eels wait to release Jarryd Hayne as verbal agreement goes to paper

Poster boy: The Eels want Jarryd Hayne back if he returns to the NRL.

Michael Chammas The Parramatta Eels are yet to officially lodge Jarryd Hayne's release with the NRL, waiting to finalise a contract that will prohibit the former fullback from joining another NRL club before 2016.

Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary says every club has right to adjudicate on own issues

Michael Chammas Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has backed his club's proactive approach to dealing with off-field misdemeanours in the past but insists establishing a mandate for club's to follow is almost impossible.

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NRL ask South Sydney Rabbitohs to remove Kirisome Auva'a from 2015 membership video

screengrab of Rabbitohs' Kirisome Auva'a scoring against Manly at SCG featured in NRL promo video

Michael Chammas The NRL has asked South Sydney not to use footage of suspended centre Kirisome Auva'a in their 2015 membership video that was shown at the Charity Shield last Saturday night.

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St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan injures his knee as South Sydney Rabbitohs retain the Charity Shield

Wrapped up: Dane Neilsen of the Dragons is tackled by Tom Hughes and Chris McQueen of the Rabbitohs.

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan made a premature exit from the Charity Shield for the second consecutive year after hyperextending his knee in the 12-all draw against the premiers on Saturday...

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Cronulla captain Paul Gallen wants to finish career at Sharks after 2016 season

Planning his exit: Cronulla captain Paul Gallen at training.

Michael Chammas Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen has declared his intention to call it quits on his time at the Sharks after the 2016 season, revealing a desire to finish his career in the English Super League.

Willie Mason's Auckland Nines incident not serious, but what was he thinking?

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Michael Chammas The fact that Willie Mason was allowed to travel to Auckland outside of the Manly squad as a guest of the Nines' event partners should have raised some alarm bells.

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Willie Mason involved in 'anti-social' incident during Auckland Nines

Willie Mason: Manly forward has been involved in an incident at an Auckland nightspot.

Michael Chammas The NRL have been made aware of an incident involving Manly forward Willie Mason in Auckland on Saturday night. It is alleged Mason was involved in "anti-social behaviour"

South Sydney add to trophy cabinet with victory in Auckland Nines final over Cronulla Sharks

Champions: Issac Luke and the Rabbitohs won the Auckland Nines title in extra time.

Michael Chammas South Sydney added to the biggest trophy cabinet in the NRL with an extra-time victory over Cronulla in the final of the Auckland Nines at Eden Park on Sunday.

South Sydney Rabbitohs crowned Auckland Nines champions as teammates do it for Issac Luke

Redfern hero: Rabbitohs players hold captain Issac Luke on their shoulders as they celebrate winning the Auckland Nines.

Michael Chammas In the lead up to the NRL Auckland Nines final, the South Sydney players spoke about doing it for Issac Luke, who missed last year’s grand final triumph against the Bulldogs through suspension


Past and present collide for Canberra Raiders as youngsters upstage Ken Nagas in Auckland

Lachlan Croker of the Raiders scores a try against the Tigers.

Jon Tuxworth, Michael Chammas Young guns steal show for Canberra Raiders in boilover win over New Zealand at Auckland Nines.

Auckland Nines: Rabbitohs keen for more trophies

Issac Luke of the Rabbitohs in action against the Cowboys.

Michael Chammas South Sydney have their eyes on another piece of silverware after an undefeated start to the NRL Auckland Nines on Saturday.

NRL nines investors back vision to take tournament to unchartered overseas markets

Fans enjoy the action during the 2015 Auckland Nines.

Michael Chammas The investors behind the NRL Nines have backed a vision to take the tournament into untapped overseas markets, with the NRL to undertake a review later this year to discuss the possibility of growing...

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Cronulla forward Wade Graham finally enjoying rugby league again after end of ASADA turmoil

New man: Sharks back-rower Wade Graham is glad the ASADA scandal is over.

Michael Chammas Cronulla forward Wade Graham says he feels like a kid again having rediscovered his love for the game following his ASADA suspension in the offseason.

South Sydney's George Burgess leaves door open to follow brother Sam to rugby union

Bunny for now: George Burgess plans to stick with rugby league.

Michael Chammas South Sydney prop George Burgess has hinted he may follow in his brother Sam's footsteps, admitting the lure of rugby union could see him leave the NRL.

Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran puts contract discussions on hold at NRL Auckland Nines

Focused on footy: Manly's Kieran Foran has put contract talks on hold.

Michael Chammas Kieran Foran says he will put his contract negotiations on hold this weekend despite being in Auckland at the same time as those club's chasing his signature.

Auckland Nines may hurt NRL teams' premiership hopes, says Cooper Cronk

Premiership focus: Cooper Cronk says the rugby league schedule is getting crowded.

Michael Chammas Cooper Cronk has become the latest star to voice concerns over the NRL's jam-packed schedule, the playmaker backing Melbourne's decision to send a youthful squad to the Auckland Nines given the...

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