Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

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

State of Origin: Michael Ennis lends NSW Blues half Trent Hodkinson a helping hand during dark times

Michael Carayannis Michael Ennis may no longer be the Bulldogs skipper but he continues to lend a helping hand at his former club.

State of Origin: NSW hooker Robbie Farah banned from flying to Blues camp

No fly rule: Robbie Farah at the NSW team announcement on Tuesday.

Michael Carayannis The Blues Origin preparations have been thrown into further uncertainty with Robbie Farah refused permission to board a flight to join his teammates because of recent surgery.

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State of Origin: NSW Blues look to shield David Klemmer from Queensland hostilities

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter Paul Gallen has moved to shield rookie David Klemmer from the fallout from Origin II with the Blues skipper calling Klemmer to ensure he does not get caught up in the pre-Origin hype.

State of Origin: Robbie Farah has surgery to enable Origin return

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30:  Robbie Farah speaks to media during the New South Wales Blues State of Origin team announcement at Revesby Workers Club on June 30, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter With the series up for grabs at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday, the NSW vice captain will go to extraordinary lengths to take the field.

State of Origin: Blues name Robbie Farah as the hooker battles injury

Josh Reynolds will travel to Coffs Harbour with the Blues.

Michael Carayannis Robbie Farah has been named at hooker for NSW despite the Blues vice-captain facing an uphill battle to play with a broken hand.

State of Origin: Loophole enables Michael Ennis to replace Robbie Farah for NSW Blues

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21:  Michael Ennis of the Sharks in action during the round 15 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis and Brad Walter On Monday afternoon, Laurie Daley was staring down the barrel of a hooking crisis. Then came the news that gives him an out.

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State of Origin: Robbie Farah hopes to play for NSW Blues with broken hand

Robbie Farah of the Wests Tigers.

Michael Carayannis Robbie Farah has answered an impassioned plea from NSW coach Laurie Daley to test out his broken hand with the Blues vice-captain holding out hope he will be fit for next Wednesday's decider.

NRL referees boss Tony Archer backs no-try calls in St George Illawarra's loss to Parramatta

Correct call: Chris McQueen, Bryson Goodwin and Greg Inglis celebrate Goodwin's try on Friday night.

Michael Carayannis Referees boss Tony Archer has backed two decisive calls which went against St George Illawarra in their 16-12 loss to Parramatta on Saturday night.

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Sydney Roosters Dylan Napa closing in on Queensland debut

Michael Carayannis Dylan Napa could be Queensland's answer to David Klemmer with the Sydney Roosters hard man putting his hand up for a debut Origin jersey.

Sydney Roosters' Michael Jennings stars in victory over Gold Coast Titans

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 28: Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Roosters scores a try during the round 16 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium on June 28, 2015 in Gosford, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis Not even a boom gate would have stopped Michael Jennings in the first half on Sunday afternoon with the Roosters centre scoring a try and setting up another to help his side to a 20-10 win against...

Manly coach Geoff Toovey left confused over Bryson Goodwin try for Souths

Good score: Bryson Goodwin of the Rabbitohs, left, is congratualted by Greg Inglis after his try.

Michael Carayannis Manly coach Geoff Toovey has been left stumped by a decision to allow a try to South Sydney's Bryson Goodwin in the second half.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs do enough to beat Manly Sea Eagles in NRL clash

Nice work: Aaron Gray, ball in hand, of the Rabbitohs celebrates with teammates after scoring.

Michael Carayannis It was billed as a battle of the brothers. A clash of the halves. In the end it was a match which didn't reach any great heights as South Sydney beat Manly 20-8 to move inside the NRL top four.

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NRL set of six: All the questions heading into this weekend's round

Cameo:  Ben Barba swung the game in Cronulla's favour in his last outing and fans are hoping for more of the same against the Cowboys.

Michael Carayannis Six burning questions about Round 16.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs' Alex Johnston bouncing back from Martin Taupau's fend

Hands off: Martin Taupau of the Tigers sends Souths fullback Alex Johnston flying.

Michael Carayannis Alex Johnston has seen the replay of Martin Taupau's fend plenty of times on social media.

Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah prepared to play on with pain

Michael Carayannis Robbie Farah may need a shoulder operation but he is prepared to play on.

NRL late mail: Rabbitohs hopeful Glenn Stewart and Issac Luke will return

Glenn Stewart

Michael Carayannis All the latest team news heading into this week's NRL action.

Canterbury Bulldogs teammates hold out hope Trent Hodkinson will stay

Popular figure at Canterbury: Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson.

Michael Carayannis As Trent Hodkinson mulls over a switch to Newcastle, his Canterbury teammates hold out hope the Blues No.7 will stay at the club, confident his Origin form will carry into the NRL.

NSW Blues back-rower Josh Jackson free to play State of Origin after having dangerous throw charge downgraded

Boost: The judiciary took just 11 minutes to downgrade Josh Jackson's dangerous throw charge.

Michael Carayannis Josh Jackson's Origin hopes remain alive – relying on a tackle by teammate Josh Reynolds to help him successfully have his dangerous throw charge downgraded at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday...

South Sydney's Adam Reynolds looking to take advantage of time away from the field

New view: Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds been been seeing the game from a different angle while sidelined with an injury.

Michael Carayannis Adam Reynolds has spent his time on the sidelines studying how to better close out games as he looks for a change of luck on the injury front.