Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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Cronulla Sharks' desire to avoid wooden spoon will be motivation enough: Paul Gallen

Michael Chammas The Sharks are out of finals contention but Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen isn't short of motivation, desperate to avoid winning the wooden spoon this season.

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Manly Sea Eagles obliterate gummy Cronulla Sharks

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Michael Chammas Cronulla's season from hell got worse last night, becoming the first team in NRL history to be held scoreless for three games in the same season.

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Semi Radradra, Ken Sio, Jarryd Hayne scoring majority of tries for Parramatta Eels

Three of the best: Parramatta's back three, which includes Jarryd Hayne, lead the NRL in tries in 2014.

Michael Chammas The Parramatta Eels need just one more try to equal the number of four pointers they registered for the entire 2013 season, thanks largely to the efforts of their back three.

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Laurie Daley helped transform Blues long before becoming coach

Committed: Laurie Daley.

Michael Chammas He didn't know it at the time, but during a meeting in 2010, Laurie Daley helped sow the seeds for what would eventually become his finest hour in rugby league.

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Gold Coast Titans v St George Illawarra Dragons

Michael Chammas GOLD COAST TITANS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS at Cbus Super Stadium, Sunday 3.00pm

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State of Origin: 'Grub' Josh Reynolds transforms perceptions in NSW Blues

Michael Chammas Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds knew his teammates would fall in love with Trent Hodkinson from the get-go, but admits he wanted to change their perception of him.

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State of Origin: NSW Blues beat Queensland Maroons to end eight-year drought

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  Trent Hodkinson of the Blues celebrates winning the series after game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson etched his name into State of Origin folklore by scoring the winning try to beat Queensland at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night for the Blues to win their first series...

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It's time for the NSW Blues: Queensland's State of Origin number is up

It's time: Blues skipper Paul Gallen.

Michael Chammas It's the devil's number in cricket but it could be lucky 87 for NSW in their bid to end Queensland's eight-year Origin supremacy on Wednesday night.

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

Brent Tate of the Maroons punches Greg Bird of the Blues during game three of the 2012 State of Origin series.

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: 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

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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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