Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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

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.

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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Waratahs coach Michael Cheika and Swans coach John Longmire talk to NSW Blues ahead of Origin defence

Blues brothers: Greg Bird, Brett Morris, Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson.

Michael Chammas The NSW Blues officially kickstarted their State of Origin defence in Sydney on Friday with Waratahs coach Michael Cheika and Sydney Swans coach John Longmire addressing the players.

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New Zealand Warriors enter race for St George Illawarra Dragons forward Trent Merrin

Trent Merrin

Michael Chammas The New Zealand Warriors have entered the race for the signature of St George Illawarra forward Trent Merrin.

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Penrith Panthers junior awakes from coma after stabbing incident

Michael Chammas Before being placed into an induced coma, the Penrith Panthers junior, who had been stabbed, had a simple, one-word message he wanted to communicate to his mother:...

Year in review: rugby league's highs and lows in 2014

Long time coming: an injured Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis celebrate South Sydney's drought-breaking grand final win.

Michael Chammas It was the year of fairytales and drought-breaking victories. It's hard to go past South Sydney ending their 43-year wait for premiership glory as the highlight of 2014, Sam Burgess' heroics in the...

Jarryd Hayne appoints US agent for NFL dream chase

NFL bid: Jarryd Hayne has appointed a US agent.

Michael Chammas Jarryd Hayne has appointed US agent Jack Bechta to represent him in the same week he visited two NFL clubs.

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Cronulla boss Lyall Gorman says Sharks can have A-League team up and running by 2017

Michael Chammas New Cronulla Sharks chief executive Lyall Gorman believes the club can own the next A-League franchise and be ready in time for when the FFA look set for expansion in 2017.

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Kieran Foran to make decision on his future at Manly before start of NRL season

Surf's up: Layne Beachley, Kerri Pottharst, Kieran Foran and Barton Lynch at the launch of Manly's Nines jumper.

Michael Chammas Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran insists he won't let his contract negotiations become a distraction for the Sea Eagles, intending to make a decision on his future before the start of the season.

NRL spread the word in Fiji as part of Pacific strategy

NRL visits Fiji

Michael Chammas The NRL was spreading the word about rugby league in Fiji this week.

Canterbury Bulldogs join White Ribbon to make stand against domestic violence

Anti-domestic violence: White Ribbon CEO Libby Davies, Raelene Castle, Aiden Tolman, Fayssal Sari from White Ribbon and Steve Turner

Michael Chammas In the wake of yet another domestic violence charge in the NRL, Canterbury Bulldogs have formed a landmark partnership with White Ribbon in a bid to reduce prevalence by educating their players and...