Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Roosters look to Melbourne and Manly for inspiration

Michael Chammas Roosters coach Trent Robinson has told his troops to look to Manly and Melbourne for inspiration as the reigning champions try to back up last year's grand final triumph.

League

Big hit may await Darcy Lussick at judiciary

High shot

Michael Chammas, Adrian Proszenko and Brad Walter Parramatta forward Darcy Lussick faces a potential seven-week ban for his high tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, his sixth charge in two and a half years.

Peter Wallace blames referees after Panthers' narrow loss to Storm

Michael Chammas The Panthers went down 18-17 to Melbourne at AAMI Park on Saturday night, with several contentious refereeing decisions going against them.

League

Hooker Michael Lichaa's first NRL match will be against his next team

Michael Lichaa

Michael Chammas Cronulla hooker Michael Lichaa will on Monday night make his NRL debut against the club he looks set to join next season.

League

Michael Maguire says Rabbitohs halves will get better

Disappointed: Adam Reynolds leaves the field at the final whistle.

Michael Chammas When the game was on the line, Adam Reynolds and Dylan Walker failed to deliver the big play, but Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire is adamant his new halves combination will get better.

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League

James Roberts released by Penrith Panthers over off-field incidents

Released: Penrith have freed youngster James Roberts over a string of alcohol-related incidents.

Michael Chammas The Penrith Panthers have released promising speedster James Roberts after a string of alcohol-related off-field misdemeanours. The NRL's Integrity Unit is investigating.

Rugby league

Manly overcome loss of Stewart brothers to beat South Sydney

On the charge: Jamie Lyon.

Michael Chammas Manly were not supposed to win that game of football. Against the most convincing team of the opening round and without the Stewart brothers, Manly had no right to win their first game of the season...

League

NRL: Utility panel

Michael Chammas Kurt Gidley (Newcastle)

Bulldogs v Sharks

Michael Chammas The Sharks will be without Andrew Fifita (suspended) and skipper Paul Gallen (ankle injury), but should welcome back Todd Carney.

Knights v Raiders

Michael Chammas The Knights are missing two of their best players, Darius Boyd and Jarrod Mullen, but are at home for the first time this year.

Titans v Tigers

Michael Chammas t's hard to see the Tigers winning many games this year.

Roosters v Eels

Michael Chammas The Roosters received a wake-up call against South Sydney last week and even without Sonny Bill Williams will be better prepared this time around.

Storm v Panthers

Michael Chammas The Panthers are going to be a much improved team this year, but getting the job done in Melbourne in Cooper Cronk's first game of the season is too big of an ask so early in the year.

Warriors v Dragons

Michael Chammas he Dragons have finally learnt how to score points under coach Steve Price, but that was against an understrength Wests Tigers team tipped to finish with the wooden spoon.

Broncos v Cowboys

Michael Chammas The Broncos came out of the blocks well against the Bulldogs in round one, while the Cowboys took the opposite approach, coming from behind to knock over the Raiders.

Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs

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Michael Chammas Without Brett Stewart, Manly are going to struggle in attack.

League

NRL chiefs Dave Smith, Todd Greenberg join Touch Football team

Dave Smith

Michael Chammas NRL chief executive Dave Smith and head of football Todd Greenberg have reaffirmed the game's connection with Touch Football Australia by becoming board members of the organisation.

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League

Geoff Toovey returns to the scene of infamous 'investigation' blow up

Passionate: Geoff Toovey at last year's press conference following Manly's loss to South Sydney.

Michael Chammas There needs to be an investigation into how, just seven months after his now famous post-match press conference blow up, Geoff Toovey will return to the scene of the crime (Bluetongue Stadium)...

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Loss to South Sydney a reality check for Sydney Roosters, says James Maloney

Underdone: James Maloney says the Roosters had a disrupted pre-season.

Michael Chammas It was only last month the Sydney Roosters were crowned world champions, but five-eighth James Maloney insists his side were given a reality check by South Sydney in their season opener.

League

James Tedesco back at full speed and ready to help Wests Tigers rediscover winning ways

Back to his best: Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco has rediscovered the speed that once had him touted as a future star.

Michael Chammas James Tedesco is back at full speed and ready to help the Wests Tigers climb up the NRL ladder.