Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Injury a slap in the face for Test debut hopes

Michael Chammas This Sunday's Test team announcement is a timely reminder of the day Dallin Watene-Zelezniak spent the day slapping himself in the face.

Manly Sea Eagles five-eighth Kieran Foran says there's no chance he will exploit round 13 clause to get out of deal with Parramatta Eels

Michael Chammas While Daly Cherry-Evans tried to end speculation about a potential backflip on his Titans deal, Kieran Foran ensured Eels fans he won't be having a change of heart.

NSW Blues halves contenders Reynolds, Hodkinson, Pearce and Keary to feature in all-City shoot-out

City kid: South Sydney's Luke Keary at training

Michael Chammas NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler and City coach Brad Fittler could be forced to pick four halves in the City team for the Origin shoot-out in Wagga Wagga next weekend.

Wests Tigers robbed of a shot at victory after referees deny them sixth tackle

Let down by refs: West Tigers captain Robbie Farah in action against the Raiders.

Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers were robbed of an opportunity to snatch victory against the Raiders on Sunday afternoon, with revelations they were denied a tackle in the dying minutes of Sunday's match.

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Wests Tigers want more flexibility around Leichhardt Oval games

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19: A Tigers fan shows his colours during the round seven NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Canberra Raiders at Leichhardt Oval on April 19, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers have 10 days to decide whether to agree to a lease from Leichhardt Council that would lock the club into a minimum of four games a season at the iconic Leichhardt Oval.

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Canberra Raiders produce greatest fightback in club's history to topple the Wests Tigers

Wrapped up: Tigers forward Curtis Sironen is tackled by the Canberra Raiders defence at Leichhardt Oval.

Michael Chammas It was the Canberra Raiders' greatest comeback in 34 seasons that saw them topple the Wests Tigers on Sunday afternoon

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Manly coach Geoff Toovey says there is a chance Daly Cherry-Evans will renege on Titans deal

Daly Cherry-Evans has been struggling with a foot injury.

Michael Chammas Manly coach Geoff Toovey holds out hope of keeping Daly Cherry-Evans

Manly Sea Eagles slump to fifth straight loss in 28-16 loss to Canterbury Bulldogs

 Daly Cherry-Evans.

Michael Chammas Manly slumped to their worst losing streak in a decade after a 28-16 loss to Canterbury.

Uncertainty surrounds NSW Blues backline heading into State of Origin title defence

Pivotal decision: Incumbent Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds.

Michael Carayannis, Michael Chammas Who is in and who is out of contention for the NSW Origin team heading into the representative season?

AFL supporting Port Adelaide's decision to align themselves with NRL's Penrith Panthers

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Michael Chammas The AFL has backed the marriage between Port Adelaide and NRL club Penrith Panthers.

Penrith Panthers and Port Adelaide Power form groundbreaking alliance between NRL and AFL

Digital illustration: Kevin Kearney.

Michael Chammas The Penrith Panthers and Port Adelaide shock the NRL and AFL with revolutionary cross-code partnership.

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Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans' slow start to the season set to cost him Test jumper

Slow start: Daly Cherry-Evans may not make the Australian Test line-up.

Michael Chammas The one-time heir to the throne for the Kangaroos No.7 jersey is now on the brink of being dethroned.

James Roberts the most naturally gifted footballer I've seen, says James Segeyaro

Freak: James Roberts has been on fire for the Titans this season.

Michael Chammas No one could do the things James Roberts does on a football field, former Panthers teammates say ahead of their clash against the Titans on Saturday.

North Queensland skipper Johnathan Thurston's toughness a mark of the man, says coach Paul Green

Toughness personified: Johnathan Thurston.

Michael Chammas The skills of Johnathan Thurston came to the fore on Monday night but Cowboys coach Paul Green paid tribute to the toughness of his superstar skipper.

Johnathan Thurston produces masterclass as North Queensland Cowboys upset South Sydney Rabbitohs

High fives: Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston celebrates with his teammates after the try by Justin O'Neill.

Michael Chammas The Rabbitohs opened the scoring just the second minute when David Tyrell crashed over from close range to register his second try in as many matches.

Penrith Panthers centre Jamal Idris set to miss rest of the season

Jamal Idris ices his knee on the sidelines after being injured in Saturday evening's game against Manly.

Michael Chammas The Penrith Panthers have been dealt a huge blow with centre Jamal Idris expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Des Hasler believes referees made right decision not sending off Tyson Frizell for high tackle on Tim Browne

Michael Chammas Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has surprisingly leapt to the support of the referees, defending their decision not to send off Dragons forward Tyson Frizell for a swinging arm that floored prop...

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Benji Marshall magic leads ruthless St George Illawarra Dragons to convincing victory against the Canterbury Bulldogs

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12:  Josh Reynolds of the Bulldogs tackles Benji Marshall of the Dragons during the round six NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on April 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas Marshall the magician hadn't been spotted in rugby league circles since his disappearing act from Leichhardt left him wandering the sidelines of Eden Park just over 12 months ago.

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Jarryd Hayne has the athleticism to make the NFL grade says San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Great athlete: Jarryd Hayne trains with the San Francisco 49ers.

Daniel Lane and Michael Chammas San Francisco 49ers quarterback  Colin Kaepernick said he has been amazed by the athleticism of former NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne in the formative stages of his bid to secure a berth on the...

Parramatta Eels doctor quits after criticism over Nathan Peats concussion drama

Nathan Peats receives treatment against the Warriors.

Michael Chammas The doctor at the centre of the Nathan Peats concussion controversy has stood down from his role as the Parramatta Eels' NRL team doctor.