Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Dragons want to keep Trent Merrin but prop likely to test market

Michael Chammas Trent Merrin's manager will meet with St George Illawarra officials next week to discuss extending the Origin forward's contract, however it's likely Merrin will test the market for 2016 and beyond.

Jason Taylor all set for first day of pre-season training at Wests Tigers

Jason Taylor

Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers will begin preseason training for next year carrying the scars of this season, with 13 of their top 35 unavailable.

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan back for first day of pre-season after 11-month suspension

Back at Cronulla ... the NRL has lifted its ban on Shane Flanagan.

Michael Chammas Life after ASADA began for Cronulla on Monday as Shane Flanagan resumed normal order at the Sharks in his first day back in the top job after an 11-month suspension.

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The NRL player trade: How your team is shaping up for 2015

Josh Hoffman of the Broncos receives attention in the second half.

Michael Chammas Rugby league began life after Jarryd Hayne, Sam Burgess and Sonny Bill Williams this week with the first teams returning for pre-season training.

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Anthony Watmough knew it was time to leave Manly Sea Eagles for Parramatta Eels when he started to look like Hitler

Michael Chammas Anthony Watmough knew Manly no longer felt like home when his own club turned on him and portrayed him as a villain.

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Parramatta Eels are no longer a one man band, says Tim Mannah

Michael Chammas Eels skipper Tim Mannah admits there was a time when the Eels gave themselves no chance without Jarryd Hayne.

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Jarryd Hayne could still play for Australia - at the American Football World Championship

Michael Chammas He pulled out of the Four Nations but Jarryd Hayne could be back in Australian colours as early as next July at the American Football World Championship.

NRL Grand Final: South Sydney win first title in 43 years with victory over Canterbury Bulldogs

Brothers in arms: The Rabbitohs celebrate George Burgess' try which opened the floodgates.

Michael Chammas South Sydney have won their first premiership in 43 years with a dramatic 26-6 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

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Clive Churchill Medal 2014: Sam Burgess lost for words after galvanising display recognised

Sam Burgess

Michael Chammas Not even the big imprint James Graham left on Sam Burgess’ face could upstage the imprint the player Russell Crowe described as the ‘‘sparkly eyed man’’ would leave in...

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Dave Smith's challenge gave Curtis Landers something to aim for

In recovery: Curtis Landers with Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan.

Michael Carayannis, Michael Chammas  A challenge by NRL chief executive Dave Smith to Curtis Landers as the teen was laid up in his hospital bed led to him tossing the coin for the captains at the grand final.

Your guide to the 2014 NRL grand final: South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury Bulldogs

Rugby League Grand Final luncheon.

Michael Carayannis and Michael Chammas Everything you need to know about Sunday's clash between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury Bulldogs.

If he can play, Sam Burgess has rugby union world at his feet, says England league coach

Monkeying around: Sam Burgess and James Graham on Thursday.

Michael Chammas England coach Steve McNamara says Sam Burgess will become a household name in his homeland if he is successful in his switch to rugby union.

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Concerned Michael Maguire puts Redfern Oval under lockdown, slaps media bans on South Sydney Rabbitohs legends

Low-key: South Sydney coach Michael Maguire hopes to manage the grand final hype.

Michael Chammas, Ben Horne Redfern Oval was placed into lockdown on Friday morning, with barricades erected around the ground and a security guard hired to keep the Bunnies away from prying eyes.

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How Canterbury coach Des Hasler turned Bulldogs' despair into a grand-final showdown

Mastermind: Des Hasler at the grand final lunch on Thursday.

Michael Chammas Canterbury were written off by everybody a month ago, but was their coach the first one to do so or was it another stroke of genius?

South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Apisau Koroisau a ready-made replacement for Issac Luke

Apisai Koroisau under the spotlight at Rabbitohs training.

Michael Chammas South Sydney's game plan won't change too much with a ready-made replacement for Issac Luke in Apisai Koroisau but Canterbury halfback Trent Hodkinson knows his game will change without Michael Ennis.

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Canterbury Bulldogs prop Tim Browne shrugs off head surgery to make NRL grand final

Tim Browne

Michael Chammas He had a hole in his head the size of golf ball and was told his season was over, but three metal plates and 11 weeks later Tim Browne is preparing for a grand final.

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Canterbury's Tony Williams admits joining Bulldogs was for money, not love

Tony Williams.

Michael Chammas He's the Canterbury giant with the giant pay packet.

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Canterbury Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson's remarkable turnaround

Michael Chammas He was the forgotten man of 2012 who contemplated retirement, now Trent Hodkinson is set to cap off a remarkable return to the NRL by leading Canterbury as captain in Sunday's grand final.

Canterbury Bulldogs head back to Belmore, where it all began

Michael Chammas It's been 17 years in the making but Canterbury will finally return to Belmore Sportsground next season to celebrate the club's 80-year anniversary.

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Grand final appearance unlikely for Canterbury Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis

Bitter-sweet victory: An injured Michael Ennis (second from right) and teammates celebrate beating the Panthers.

Michael Chammas Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis appears to have played his final game for the Bulldogs, requiring a miracle to play in Sunday's grand final against South Sydney.

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