Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Josh Jackson defends NSW teammate Trent Hodkinson and hopes he will stay at Canterbury Bulldogs

Michael Chammas Canterbury and Blues back rower Josh Jackson has leapt to the defence of teammate Trent Hodkinson, hopeful the Bulldogs don't let him go.

Parramatta Eels CEO Scott Seward resigns

Departing: Eels chief executive Scott Seward has resigned after 22 months in the top job.

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter Parramatta's CEO Scott Seward has walked out on the club, their star playmaker is on the outer and now the Eels are set for a coaching shakeup.

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Penrith Panthers chase Sam Moa after Sydney Roosters agree to early release

Sam Moa

Michael Chammas and Michael Carayannis Penrith could be bolstered by the addition of another international forward with the Panthers in negotiations with Roosters prop Sam Moa for next season.

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State of Origin: NSW Blues introduce clutch training to avoid repeat of game one chaos

Back in blue: Mitchell Pearce was solid in his return to the fold.

Michael Carayannis, Michael Chammas The NSW halves are undergoing "clutch training" to ensure they do no repeat their second half capitulation from Origin I.

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Blues captain Paul Gallen buries hatchet with NRL boss Dave Smith and eyes new role

Keen on leadership role after he retires: Paul Gallen on Wednesday during a NSW Origin squad training camp at Coffs Harbour.

Michael Chammas Once were enemies, now Paul Gallen and NRL boss Dave Smith have buried the hatchet and begun discussing life after football for the NSW skipper as a leadership coach.

North Queensland Cowboys interrupt NSW Blues training to ask James Tamou to jeopardise NSW Blues position at judiciary

True Blue: James Tamou, left, and his teammates try on their novelty wigs at the team photo in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday.

Michael Chammas North Queensland wanted NSW prop James Tamou to risk missing Origin to beat his dangerous contact charge.

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State of Origin: NSW Blues growing in confidence with Daly Cherry-Evans in Queensland side

Plenty to prove: Daly Cherry-Evans.

Michael Chammas These are the statistics that give NSW the confidence to level the series and a belief that Queensland aren't as formidable with Daly Cherry-Evans at halfback.

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State of Origin: Queensland get away with questionable tactics, says Robbie Farah

Expecting to be targeted: Robbie Farah says he's ready for the big game.

Michael Chammas NSW Blues vice-captain Robbie Farah believes Queensland are allowed to get away with questionable tactics because there is a perception the Maroons are clean-skins.

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Daly Cherry-Evans a chance for State of Origin Maroons team following Cooper Cronk injury

Penrith punished: Blake Green scores next to the posts for the Storm.

Michael Chammas Queensland public enemy No.1 Daly Cherry-Evans could be called into the Maroons starting team for Origin II after Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk failed to finish the match against Penrith on...

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NRL mid-season report card: How your team rated over the first half of the season

Top Bunny: Alex Johnston.

Michael Chammas As we approach the half-way mark of the NRL season, Michael Chammas rates your team's start to the season.

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Penrith Panthers ask Manly Sea Eagles coaching target Trent Barrett to take leave to sort out future

Looking to the future: Panthers assistant coach Trent Barrett has some decisions to make.

Michael Chammas The Penrith Panthers have asked assistant coach Trent Barrett not to return to training until he sorts out his future with the Manly Sea Eagles later this week.

NRL mid-season report card: How your team rated over the first half of the NRL season

Perfect combination: St George Illawarra playmakers Benji Marshall and Gareth Widdop have the Dragons humming.

Michael Chammas As we approach the halfway point of the NRL season, Michael Chammas takes a look at how your team is poised heading into the finals.

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Josh Reynolds a chance for Origin II if Farah ruled out but Paul Gallen and Brett Morris have to play this weekend to be picked

Josh Reynolds of the Bulldogs.

Michael Chammas Dumped Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds is a chance of earning a recall for Origin II if his close mate Robbie Farah is ruled out of the game at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 17.

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Trent Barrett to meet Manly Sea Eagles to finalise deal to replace Geoff Toovey as head coach for 2016

Geared up for next year: Trent Barrett is ready for his move to Manly.

Michael Chammas Trent Barrett is set to be announced as Manly coach for 2016 as early as this week with the Penrith assistant coach set to meet Sea Eagles club officials in the next few days to finalise the deal.

Injury to Matt Moylan gives Dallin Watene-Zelezniak chance to make fullback his own

Plans for the back: Despite being happy with his lot at the Panthers, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak  dreams of one day wearing the fullback's jersey.

Michael Chammas He's the wonder kid who has been waiting for his time to shine behind Penrith's very own magician, Matt Moylan.

Phil Gould believes NRL will be as slow as NFL in 20 years if game relies heavily on technology

The Gus & Webby Show: Why video referees bunker will be a waste of money.

Michael Chammas Penrith Panthers general manager Phil Gould believes the NRL is heading down a dangerous path investing so much money in technology that could ultimately turn the game into an NFL-like production.

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If Cameron Smith got a penalty for this, why didn't Robbie Farah in Origin I?

Storm connection: Cameron Smith and Billy Slater during Wednesday's Origin match.

Michael Chammas For years those south of the border have been holding on to a conspiracy that the Queensland and Storm captain Cameron Smith gets away with murder and is somewhat of a protected species in the game...

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Penrith five-eighth Jamie Soward furious after Pauli Pauli challenge leaves him with shoulder injury

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29:  Jamie Soward of the Panthers leaves the field with an injury during the round 12 NRL match between Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels at Pepper Stadium on May 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas A furious Jamie Soward left Pepper Stadium with his right arm in a sling and his short term future up in the air after a late tackle from Parramatta forward Pauli Pauli on Friday night.

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Penrith Panthers lose Matt Moylan to injury as Chris Sandow leads Parramatta Eels to victory

Going nowhere: Chris Sandow and Ryan Morgan of the Eels tackle Waqa Blake of the Panthers.

Michael Chammas Just when it seemed like Penrith's injury-plagued season couldn't get any worse, the Panthers were dealt a blow of monumental proportions by losing fullback Matt Moylan for up to two months.

Set of six: Bet on South Sydney's Greg Inglis firing against Gold Coast Titans

Back to club duty: Maroons centre Greg Inglis.

Michael Chammas The talking points about this weekend's round 12 NRL matches.