Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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State of Origin: Greg Bird strikes back at 'hypocritical' Brent Tate over dog shot

Michael Chammas NSW lock Greg Bird has not forgotten the punch to the head he copped from Brent Tate in State of Origin two years ago, labelling the Queensland centre a hypocrite for lashing out against Josh...

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State of Origin II: Anthony Watmough and Greg Bird find plenty to praise in Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne and Anthony Watmough during a training session in Coffs Harbour on Sunday.

Michael Chammas He's won premierships, he's played for his country and represented his state, but Anthony Watmough has described Jarryd Hayne's Origin one performance as one of the greatest memories of his career.

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State of Origin II: Anthony Watmough tells Maroons, 'come and get it'

Michael Chammas Blues enforcer Anthony Watmough is expecting Queensland to rip his arm off on Wednesday night, but has throw down the gauntlet urging the Maroons to "come and get it".

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State of Origin: Josh Reynolds' NSW Blues diary

Reynolds gets strapped up before training.

Michael Chammas Josh Reynolds' State of Origin diary of his week in Origin camp.

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Panther Jamie Soward bears no grudges over Dragons debacle

Michael Chammas Jamie Soward will tell you this is just another game, but judging by his actions against his former club at the Auckland Nines, it won't be.

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State of Origin: Laurie Daley's agony and pursuit of ecstasy

Blues coach Laurie Daley:  ‘‘I didn’t feel like leaving  the house.

Michael Chammas His body had just failed him when Laurie Daley began to entertain the thought of quitting the NSW coaching job after the heartache of last year's State of Origin series defeat.

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State of Origin: Trent Hodkinson, Daly Cherry-Evans square off in pivotal clash

Half a chance: Trent Hodkinson at Blues training at Coffs Harbour on Wednesday.

Michael Chammas It's a match made in Manly. The one-time apprentice going up against his predecessor in a battle that began on the northern beaches four years ago.

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Referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins will stay in charge for State of Origin game two

Offside with the Blues: Referee Shayne Hayne.

Michael Chammas Under-fire referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins have retained their spots and will control game two despite NSW officials being left furious with their game one performance.

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Will Hopoate says Mormon mission toughened him for State of Origin push

Back for the Blues ... Will Hopoate.

Michael Chammas As a rugby league player, everything has just fallen into place for Will Hopoate. He won a premiership at Manly as a teenager and also represented his state in the same year back in 2011.

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State of Origin: Blues make three changes

Dugan

Michael Chammas NSW will bank on an untried centre-wing combination after Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate were named to make their returns for the Blues.

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Greg Inglis in doubt for State of Origin, but son's premature birth gives perspective

Greg Inglis clutches at his leg while being treated on the pitch on Saturday night.

Michael Chammas Greg Inglis is in doubt for Origin II but his life was put into perspective last week after the premature birth of his first child.

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Brad Arthur plays down Parramatta Eels' chances

Going nowhere: Will Hopoate gets some rough treatment.

Michael Chammas The Eels have moved within two points of first position, but coach Brad Arthur insists his side are still not a genuine threat in this year's competition.

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North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green blames State of Origin hangover

Johnathan Thurston tries to spark an attack on Friday night.

Michael Chammas North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green believes his star players suffered an Origin hangover in Friday night's loss to Parramatta.

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Jarryd Hayne's return lifts Parramatta Eels to victory over NQ Cowboys

In the corner: Ken Sio slides over to score for the Eels.

Michael Chammas What a difference a week and one player made for Parramatta on Friday night, maintaining their unbeaten record at Pirtek Stadium this season with an 18-16 win over North Queensland.

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Previews

Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers

Michael Chammas Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, Sunday 2pm (AEST)

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South Sydney Rabbitohs v New Zealand Warriors

Michael Chammas nib Stadium, Perth, Sunday 9.30pm (AEST)

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St George Illawarra Dragons v Cronulla Sharks

Michael Chammas WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Saturday 7.30pm (AEST

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Gold Coast Titans v Penrith Panthers

Michael Chammas Cbus Super Stadium, Robina, Saturday 5.30pm (AEST)

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Parramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys

Michael Chammas Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

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Manly Sea Eagles v Canterbury Bulldogs

Steve Matai streaks through the Knights' defence.

Michael Chammas Brookvale Oval, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)