Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Matt Moylan pushes Origin case with starring role in Penrith Panthers' victory against Gold Coast Titans

Michael Chammas In the same week Laurie Daley declared him a genuine State of Origin prospect, Penrith fullback Matt Moylan put on a masterclass.

Penrith Panthers prop Brent Kite to retire at the end of the season

End of the road: Brent Kite during the round one NRL match against the Bulldogs.

Michael Chammas After 14 seasons in the NRL, veteran Panthers prop Brent Kite has decided to hang up the boots at the end of the year as one of the most capped players in the history of the game.

Manly Sea Eagles halfback Daly Cherry-Evans not fussed about fan backlash at Brookvale Oval

Job to do: Daly Cherry-Evans at training with his Manly teammates.

Michael Chammas Departing Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans insists he won't be fazed by a potential mixed reception from his home fans when he returns to Brookvale Oval for the first time since announcing his...

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Halfback Luke Brooks proves he's the one calling the shots at the Wests Tigers

Taking the reins: Luke Brooks on the attack against the Titans in round 1.

Michael Chammas Last Saturday night's one-point win against the Titans was the first real indication Luke Brooks had developed the confidence and authority to dictate terms as the general of the Wests Tigers.

Set of Six: Daly Cherry-Evans under the microscope after Titans deal

Weather the Storm: Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans has plenty on his mind.

Michael Chammas The big issues in this weekend's round of NRL.

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Canterbury Bulldogs' calculated leap of faith in Michael Lichaa places weight of expectation on his shoulders

Michael Chammas Even the expectation of bursting into the NRL as the hottest rookie in the game could not have prepared Michael Lichaa for what would unfold in the months following his contract announcement at...

Why Penrith Panthers rookie Reagan Campbell-Gillard didn't play league for seven years

On the charge: Young Penrith forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard.

Michael Chammas Georgina Campbell tells the story about why her son, after copping a heavy hit as a nine-year-old, gave up rugby league in a teary exit from a junior footy game in western Sydney over a decade ago.

Sydney Roosters' Michael Jennings races from Townsville to be at brother George's debut for Penrith Panthers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: George Jennings of the Panthers is tackled during the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas and Michael Carayannis As his little brother was waking up before his maiden NRL appearance last Sunday, Michael Jennings was boarding a plane in Townsville to get to Penrith in time for his former club's opening game of...

Luke Keary and James Maloney frontrunners for NSW No.6 jersey if Josh Reynolds isn't fit

Bright start: Luke Keary breaks away from the Brisbane defence in round one.

Michael Chammas Sunday afternoon's match between South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters shapes as an early State of Origin audition between James Maloney and Luke Keary with Josh Reynolds racing the clock to be fit.

Canterbury coach Des Hasler's 'suggestion' on referees may see him fined by NRL

Loose lips: Des Hasler's comments on referees may get him in hot water.

Michael Chammas Canterbury coach Des Hasler could become the first coach fined for breaking the NRL’s newpolicy which prohibits coaches from commenting on referees after matches.

Russell Packer to meet NRL for first time in bid to make return with St George Illawarra Dragons

Russell Packer is hoping to return to the NRL with the Dragons.

Michael Chammas Russell Packer will move a step closer to a return to rugby league when he meets NRL officials on Tuesday for the first time since his release from jail in January.

Penrith Panthers hold on for victory despite a late comeback from Canterbury Bulldogs

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: Matthew Moylan of the Panthers congratulates team mate George Jennings after scoring a goal during the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas For almost 70 minutes the Penrith Panthers made last year's grand finalists look second rate, but despite a mini lapse of concentration, they withheld a late Bulldogs onslaught to register a 24-18...

Statement of intent: red hot Sydney Roosters run rampant over hapless North Queensland Cowboys

Joke's on you: James Maloney laughs at Cowboys talisman Johnathan Thurston.

Michael Chammas Another of the competition heavyweights flexed their muscles in the opening round as the Sydney Roosters joined arch rivals South Sydney in racking up dominant wins to start the new year.

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Kieran Foran's future uncertain in the short and long term

Kieran Foran hobbles off for the Sea Eagles.

Michael Chammas Kieran Foran's long-term future at Manly is up in the air and now his immediate future is unclear after a hamstring injury on Friday night.

Manly Sea Eagles star Daly Cherry-Evans announces he is joining Gold Coast Titans

Heading north: Daly Cherry-Evans in action for Manly against Parramatta.

Michael Chammas Manly Sea Eagles star Daly Cherry-Evans has announced he is joining Gold Coast Titans on a lucrative contract.

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Parramatta coach Brad Arthur keeps an eye on five-eighth Corey Norman's off-field activities

Challenge ahead: Parramatta five-eighth Corey Norman.

Michael Chammas Parramatta Eels five-eighth Corey Norman admits he's had discussions with coach Brad Arthur about concerns over his professionalism off the field.

State of Origin footage helped convince US agent Jack Bechta that Jarryd Hayne can make it in NFL

Jarryd Hayne

Michael Chammas Footage of Jarryd Hayne's State of Origin heroics helped convince US agent Jack Bechta that the former Parramatta Eels fullback "can make it in the NFL and play for a long time".

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Penrith Panthers recruit Trent Merrin would have stayed at St George Illawarra if Dragons honoured handshake deal

Off to Penrith: Trent Merrin training with the Dragons last week.

Michael Chammas Departing St George Illawarra forward Trent Merrin has been painted as "greedy" and "selfish" but admits he would have stayed at the club had they not reneged on a handshake agreement reached last...

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Multimillion-dollar sacrifice pays off for Hayne as he signs with San Francisco 49ers

Michael Chammas He sacrificed a multimillion-dollar deal that would have likely seen him become the highest-paid player in the NRL to pursue the American dream which, on Tuesday afternoon, finally turned to reality...

Jarryd Hayne's relationship with San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula key to decision

Michael Chammas The uncertainty surrounding the future of then-San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh took the shine off initial interest from the 49ers, but Jarryd Hayne’s relationship with new coach Jim...

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