Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Greg Inglis injured as Canterbury Bulldogs knock over South Sydney Rabbitohs

Michael Chammas South Sydney's bid for back-to-back titles is in disarray after superstar fullback Greg Inglis hobbled from ANZ Stadium in the 32-18 loss to the Bulldogs on Friday night.

Canterbury Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs rivalry now biggest in NRL

Crowd puller: The Good Friday afternoon match between the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs drew a crowd of 40,523.

Michael Chammas The Parramatta Eels have long been Canterbury's main rivals, while South Sydney and the Roosters have shared a common disdain that dates back more than a century.

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Parramatta Eels hooker Nathan Peats out for the season after breaking neck against Sydney Roosters

Nathan Peats, one of the Eels' casualties on Monday night, has his eye checked by medical staff.

Michael Chammas Parramatta hooker Nathan Peats played the final 36 minutes of last Saturday night's loss to the Sydney Roosters with a broken neck.

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Andrew Fifita goes incognito to support his Cronulla Sharks as they face Melbourne Storm

Incognito: Andrew Fifita, second from left, at Remondis Stadium on Monday night.

Michael Chammas A suspended NRL player has gone to extraordinary lengths to support his teammates.

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State of Origin: Set of six - why NSW lost the series

All at sea: Brett Morris and David Klemmer.

Michael Chammas The six reasons why NSW were unable to make it two State of Origin series wins in a row.

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Penrith Panthers send chief executive Justin Pascoe to Harvard University on discovery mission

Harvard man: Justin Pascoe returned with a new outlook.

Michael Chammas In a week when the role of a NRL club chief executive has come under the spotlight, Penrith Panthers rugby league chief boss Justin Pascoe has returned from a week at Harvard University with a new...

Kieran Foran's manager asks NRL for salary cap exemption at other clubs if he rejects Parramatta

Looking for a way out: Kieran Foran.

Michael Chammas In the strongest sign Kieran Foran won't be at Parramatta next season, his manager has asked the NRL for a salary cap exemption if he walks away from the Eels.

Parramatta Eels prepared to let Kieran Foran walk to loosen grip of Brad Arthur

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Brad Walter and Michael Chammas Parramatta's bid to re-negotiate key terms of Kieran Foran's contract signals the beginning of the end for Eels coach Brad Arthur.

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Parramatta Eels risk starting 2016 on minus four points after disagreement with NRL over governance review


Michael Chammas The Parramatta Eels are running the risk of starting next season on minus four points after lodging a salary cap breach appeal that doesn't meet the requirements of the NRL.

NSW have no fear heading to Suncorp Stadium for decider despite falling short in two previous attempts

Same again, please: Paul Gallen and teammates celebrate their win at Suncorp Stadium in game one last year.

Michael Chammas The Blues have failed in their previous two attempts to win a series-deciding match at Suncorp Stadium but they head to Brisbane full of confidence after getting under the skin of the Maroons in game...

NSW Blues centre Josh Morris was almost ruled out a few hours before Origin II for South Sydney's Dylan Walker

In doubt: Josh Morris scores for the Blues on Wednesday night after overcoming a back problem.

Michael Chammas Daley asked 19th man Dylan Walker during the pre-game team walk to get ready to make his debut on the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

It would have been quicker for NSW Blues to walk to the MCG than spend 75 minutes in Melbourne traffic

Paul Gallen.

Michael Chammas The NSW Blues Origin II preparations were disrupted by Melbourne peak hour traffic, arriving 30 minutes late for Wednesday night's match at the MCG.

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State of Origin game 2: NSW Blues beat Queensland Maroons 26-18 to level series

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17:  Josh Dugan of the Blues celebrates with team mates after scoring a try during game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 17, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas NSW have levelled the State of Origin series with a rousing 26-18 win over Queensland at the MCG.

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State of Origin: NSW level the series to set up decider in Queensland

Man of the match:  Michael Jennings was a key man for the Blues.

Michael Chammas NSW have set up a decider at Suncorp Stadium in three weeks' time after a gutsy, yet controversial, victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday night.

State of Origin 2015: Paul Gallen's tirade at Queenslanders shows Blues' frustrations

Eye on the future: Blues skipper Paul Gallen says he has plenty of experience and wants to stay involved with the game.

Michael Chammas and Michael Carayannis Paul Gallen's fiery pre-Origin tirade aimed at the ''disrespectful'' Maroons is a reflection of the growing frustrations in the NSW camp over the ''angels'' of the game perception Queensland have...

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State of Origin 2015: NSW Blues captain Paul Gallen labels Queensland Maroons 'disrespectful'

Michael Chammas and Michael Carayannis Gallen lashes out over what he sees as grubby tactics, and slams the Maroons for their arrogance in booking Billy Slater in for shoulder surgery a day after the game.

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State of Origin 2015: Paul Gallen says he respects Maroons, but doesn't like them

Origin is tribal: Blues skipper Paul Gallen training in Coffs Harbour last week.

Michael Chammas Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith have previously had to address a division between NSW and Queensland players in Australian camp, but Gallen insists the dislike between states resumes when they leave...

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NRL boss Dave Smith says criticism of State of Origin scheduling is 'Des just being Des'

Speaking up: Des Hasler is unhappy with scheduling for State of Origin.

Michael Chammas NRL boss Dave Smith has defended the game's Origin scheduling after Canterbury coach Des Hasler called for the NRL to 'get their act together'.

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TRU Blues: Why NSW Origin side is ... Tough. Ruthless. United.

On board: Josh Dugan displays the message on his wrist tape in this year's Origin opener.

Michael Chammas The three secret words that drove NSW's successful Origin campaign last series and the three characteristics they will yet again call upon on Wednesday.

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Parramatta Eels chief executive Scott Seward to part ways with club

On the outer: Eels CEO Scott Seward.

Michael Chammas Parramatta Eels chief executive Scott Seward is expected to walk away from his job in the coming days.