Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Trent Robinson set for pay rise with Roosters

Michael Chammas Trent Robinson started out as one of the least paid coaches in the NRL, but a premiership in his first season and another one up for grabs is set to see him be catapulted into the top echelon of...

North Queensland Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston reveals role in Neil Henry's departure

Laying down the law: Johnathan Thurston addresses his players during the finals win over Brisbane.

Michael Chammas Leading into Friday night's do-or-die showdown with the Sydney Roosters, Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston tells Michael Chammas about how he advised on Neil Henry, why he turned down the...

Roosters halves most dangerous in NRL finals, says Penrith's Jamie Soward

Roosters

Michael Chammas Penrith skipper Jamie Soward has labelled Roosters duo Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney the form halves pairing of the competition ahead of Saturday night's showdown against the reigning champions.

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Matt Moylan shines as Penrith Panthers clinch fourth in dominant win over Warriors

Too good: Penrith Panthers star Matt Moylan.

Michael Chammas The newly crowned prince of Penrith, Matt Moylan, has done it again.

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Young NRL coaches prove experience is in the eye of the beholder

Template for the future: NRL clubs are trying to find the next version of relatively inexperienced, yet highly successful coaches such as Trent Robinson.

Michael Chammas What started as a leap of faith by Manly, South Sydney and the Roosters has altered a perception in the NRL that only experienced coaches can breed success.

Panthers v Warriors

Michael Chammas Penrith Panthers v NZ Warriors at Sportingbet Stadium, Sunday 6.30pm

Titans v Bulldogs

Michael Chammas Gold Coast Titans v Canterbury at Cbus Super Stadium, Sunday 3.00pm

Knights v Dragons

Michael Chammas Newcastle Knights v St George-Illawarra Dragons at Hunter Stadium, Sunday 2.00pm

Cowboys v Sea Eagles

Michael Chammas North Queensland Cowboys v Manly Sea Eagles at 1300SMILES Stadium, Saturday, 7.30pm

Raiders v Eels

Michael Chammas Canberra Raiders v Parramatta Eels at GIO Stadium, Saturday, 5.30pm

Tigers v Sharks

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers v Cronulla Sharks at Leichhardt Oval, Saturday, 3pm

Storm v Broncos

Billy Slater in flight.

Michael Chammas Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park, Friday, 7.45pm

Cameron Smith believes Storm in Melbourne to stay

Michael Chammas "When the time comes you think you can't be a better footballer, you shouldn't play, you should just give it away," Smith said.

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Manu Ma'u may make a comeback for Parramatta Eels

On the way back: Manu Ma'u.

Michael Chammas While Parramatta's immediate future is in the hands of other clubs, their hopes of winning their final round clash against Canberra could be boosted by the return of Manu Ma'u.

Greg Inglis seeks final piece of his South Sydney Rabbitohs legacy

Inglis treble sinks Roosters (Thumbnail)

Michael Chammas Does the phenomenon that is Greg Inglis belong in the company of those legends if he wins a storied premiership? And if he does, will that be enough to convince Inglis to walk away from South Sydney...

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League finals: Topping the ladder or dropping to 10th ... what are the odds?

Greg Inglis

Michael Chammas There's plenty to play for as teams with final aspirations go into the last round.

Jamal Idris v Konrad Hurrell: the elephant and the rhinoceros

On the rampage ... Jamal Idris takes on the Bulldogs defence.

Michael Chammas It's the battle between the elephant and the rhinoceros - that's how Jamal Idris eloquently puts it.

Issac Luke feared he may have suffered neck injury in Michael Ennis tackle

Hoping for leniency: Issac Luke.

Michael Chammas South Sydney will argue that Issac Luke feared he could have suffered a serious neck injury when he lashed out at Michael Ennis last Thursday night.

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NRL faces finals double-header dilemma

Peta Hiku puts on a fend during the second half of the double header at Allianz Stadium last September.

Michael Chammas For the second time in as many years the NRL could be forced into staging a semi-finals double header if the Sydney Swans lose their qualifying final to Fremantle this weekend.

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Sam Burgess quizzed Sonny Bill Williams before making decision to switch codes

Sam Burgess

Michael Chammas South Sydney forward Sam Burgess has revealed he consulted Sonny Bill Williams about switching codes before eventually making the decision to play rugby union after this year's NRL campaign.

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