Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Senior group credited with helping Manly Sea Eagles rise above turmoil

Michael Carayannis First-year Manly players Cheyse Blair and Josh Starling have been surprised by their teammates' mental strength as the Sea Eagles continue their march towards a minor premiership despite off-field...

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Wayne Bennett: how he has remained at the top for 25 years

Still the one: Wayne Bennett's coaching philosophy has stood the test of time.

Michael Carayannis Rugby league’s ultimate survivor Wayne Bennett has managed his longevity because of his emphasis on things away from the football field, according to those closest to him.

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Chris Lawrence joins growing list of injured Wests Tigers backs

Another man down: Chris Lawrence is the latest member of the Wests Tigers list of injured outside backs.

Michael Carayannis Wests Tigers are running out of outside backs, with five top players unavailable for the squad to play St George Illawarra on Sunday. 

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Sonny Bill Williams to miss a month of NRL for Roosters with fractured thumb

Month on the sidelines: Sonny Bill Williams fractured his thumb against Newcastle on Friday night.

Michael Carayannis Sydney Roosters back-rower Sonny Bill Williams will recover in time to help lead their premiership defence despite fracturing his thumb in the club’s shock 16-12 loss to Newcastle on Friday...

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Sonny Bill Williams to miss four weeks with broken thumb

Thumb injury: Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams is expected to miss a month after suffering a thumb fracture in the loss to Newcastle.

Michael Carayannis The Roosters premiership defence has been dealt a major blow with Sonny Bill Williams expected to miss about a month of football after breaking his thumb in the club’s shock 16-12 loss to...

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Michael Maguire mulls Adam Reynolds hooker switch in bid to solve Souths halves dilemma

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Michael Carayannis South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds has spent time training at hooker as the Rabbitohs try to solve their halves jigsaw puzzle.

Isaah Yeo hopes Dubbo relatives descend on Bathurst for Penrith Panthers game against Cronulla Sharks in NRL

Isaah Yeo palms off a defender during the Auckland Nines.

Michael Carayannis Dubbo product Isaah Yeo expects a bus-load of family and friends to make the two-hour journey to watch him play for Penrith against Cronulla in Bathurst on Saturday.

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Manly Sea Eagles set to keep grip on Anthony Watmough, Steve Matai

In demand: Manly forward Anthony Watmough.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko Manly are on the verge of offering disgruntled duo Anthony Watmough and Steve Matai contract extensions that would keep them at the club for the rest of their careers.

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Late mail: Newcastle Knights hand Mata'utia brothers dream debuts

In focus: Chanel and Sione Mata'utia on Thursday.

Michael Carayannis Brothers Sione and Chanel Mata'utia will make their NRL debuts together for Newcastle as late replacements for Darius Boyd and Akuila Uate against the Roosters at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.

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Benji Marshall ready to face old Tigers teammates

Michael Carayannis Benji Marshall says he takes great pride in watching the development of Wests Tigers youngsters Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses as he prepares to face his former teammates for the first time on Sunday.

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How Wayne Bennett left Dragons at the altar

Brisbane -bound: Wayne Bennett.

Michael Carayannis Negotiations between St George Illawarra and Wayne Bennett were so advanced that changes to the Dragons player roster and and the make-up of his coaching staff for next season had been discussed.

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Paul McGregor puts hand up to be full-time Dragons coach

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Michael Carayannis Interim St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has officially put his hand up to be the Dragons long-term coach after Wayne Bennett knocked back an offer to join the club next season.

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Geoff Toovey unimpressed by talk Watmough, Stewart want out of Manly

Nonplussed: Geoff Toovey would not confirm or deny reports Anthony Watmough and Brett Stewart asked to be released from their Manly contracts.

Michael Carayannis Manly coach Geoff Toovey has refused to confirm or deny that three of his star players have asked for a release from their contract but has hit out and people who he claims are trying to undermine...

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Manly Sea Eagles keep minds on job to beat Dragons despite off-field dramas

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Michael Carayannis Manly have brushed aside talk of further player discontent to beat St George Illawarra 21-12 at Jubilee Oval on Monday night.

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter 'distracted' by inaction over his future at the club

In limbo: Tigers coach Mick Potter.

Michael Carayannis Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter thought he was certain to be given a contract extension while admitting the ongoing uncertainty surrounding his future was  “distracting”.

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Cronulla Sharks skipper Paul Gallen set to make early comeback to face Penrith Panthers

Eager to return: Paul Gallen may return to face the Panthers this weekend.

Michael Carayannis Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen is set to make an extraordinary return from a biceps injury, as he pushes to be ready for the Sharks' clash with Penrith on Saturday (July 26).

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Robbie Farah says Wests Tigers must rebuild finals push at Canterbury Bulldogs' expense

Big day: Captain Robbie Farah says the Wests Tigers must beat the Bulldogs to maintain their finals push.

Michael Carayannis Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has labelled his side's match against high-flying Bulldogs on Sunday as a "must win" if the Tigers are any chance of snatching a top-eight spot.

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North Queensland Cowboys find cure for their homesickness in Cronulla

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Michael Carayannis North Queensland have ended their eight game losing streak to win their first game away from Townsville this season to beat Cronulla 36-18 at Remondis Stadium on Friday night.

Michael Morgan's stock at fullback for Cowboys continues to rise

Hard to rope in: Cowboys fullback Michael Morgan is tackled by Sharks skipper Wade Graham at Remondis Stadium.

Michael Carayannis North Queensland coach Paul Green has praised Michael Morgan after the Cowboys fullback continues to grow in his role at the back.

Sharks captain Wade Graham takes pop at referees as coach laments technical shortcomings

Not their year: Dejected Sharks captain Wade Graham leaves the field after another loss for Cronulla.

Michael Carayannis Cronulla skipper Wade Graham hasn’t held back in his criticism of the on-field officials describing their performances as “on par” with his struggling team.