Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

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

State of Origin: Top 10 Origin players known for one moment

Michael Carayannis  They may not go down as the greatest Origin players of all time but a host of players left their mark on the Origin arena for different reasons.

State of Origin: NSW Blues skipper Robbie Farah says he struggled to breathe after Justin Hodges hit

Tough call: A pair of independent doctors were satisfied with the decision to allow Farah to continue.

Michael Carayannis NSW skipper Robbie Farah was struggling to breathe at half-time in Origin I because of a shoulder injury which threatens to rule him out of game two.

NRL late mail: Origin stars Matt Scott and Justin Hodges in doubt for club sides

Injury cloud: Maroons prop Matt Scott may miss the Cowboys' clash with Manly.

Michael Carayannis All the latest late mail heading into the next round of the NRL.

State of Origin: Robbie Farah out for up to a month with Origin now in doubt

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27:  Robbie Farah of the Blues runs the ball during game one of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on May 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis The Blues may need another hooker with Robbie Farah in doubt for Origin II.

State of Origin: Queensland coach Mal Meninga lashes out at critics who labelled his team too old

Michael Carayannis Queensland coach Mal Meninga says his side beat NSW at their own game as he slammed critics of his ageing roster.

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State of Origin I: NSW Blues' Mitchell Pearce solid in return

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

Michael Carayannis Mitchell Pearce made a successful return to Origin.

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State of Origin: The key match ups for game one

The Blues' Josh Morris is tackled by Greg Inglis of the Maroons in Origin I last year.

Michael Carayannis What are the key Origin match ups ahead of Wednesday's game?

State of Origin: The 'other' NSW Blues team

NSW players celebrate their Origin game 2 win last year with coach Laurie Daley.

Michael Carayannis Meet the off-field faces who are helping guide the Blues to victory.

State of Origin: 10 things you need to know about game one

Under the spotlight: Trent Hodkinson and Mitchell Pearce.

Michael Carayannis The 10 things you need to know before watching Wednesday's game.

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State of Origin: NSW Blues skipper Robbie Farah plans simple message before kick-off

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26:  Andrew Fifita, Robbie Farah, James Tamou and  Aaron Woods warm up during the New South Wales Blues State of Origin Team training session at ANZ Stadium on May 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis Blues skipper Robbie Farah provides an insight into what he will say to his side before kick-off.

State of Origin 2015: The top 10 most obscure statistics

Back in the day: Wayne Pearce and Wally Lewis.

Michael Carayannis Who has the best tackle efficiency of all the Origin props? The answer to this and more of Origin's most nerdy questions.

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State of Origin: Laurie Daley says NSW Blues "fear" Queensland

Fear of the north: Laurie Daley is wary of Queensland striking back after losing the State of Origin shield last year.

Michael Carayannis NSW coach Laurie Daley has his final say before Wednesday's game.

State of Origin: NSW Blues prop Aaron Woods lends David Klemmer a helping hand

Michael Carayannis Aaron Woods has spent the bulk of the NSW camp trying to ensure debutant David Klemmer does not make the same mistakes he did heading into his first Origin game.

NSW coach Laurie Daley calls on experienced players to take pressure off captain Robbie Farah

Stepping up: Robbie Farah will captain the Blues on Wednesday night.

Michael Carayannis NSW coach Laurie Daley has asked Ryan Hoffman, Josh Morris and Beau Scott to help Robbie Farah.

State of Orgin: NSW Blues enlist Tom Trbojevic to mimic Queensland great Billy Slater

Raring to go: Tom Trbojevic.

Michael Carayannis Blues enlist NRL rookie to play the role of Billy Slater.

Officials to meet Origin teams to discuss new concussion rules

Ryan Hoffman of the Warriors charges forward during the round eight match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans.

Michael Carayannis NRL officials will meet Origin teams on Monday to discuss new concussion rules.

State of Origin: Trent Merrin puts hand up to captain NSW Blues

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19:  Trent Merrin poses during the New South Wales Blues State of Origin Team Announcement and Media Session at The Star on May 19, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis He has the right references, and Trent Merrin says he would be undaunted by the responsibility of captaining his state.

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James Tamou could leave North Queensland Cowboys to be closer to family in Canberra

Family future: James Tamou considers his options.

Michael Carayannis The Cowboys and Blues prop is unhappy at being away from his family, so where could he end up?

State of Origin: NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson fears axe if Blues lose opening clash

Blues brother: Trent Hodkinson meets the locals in Coffs Harbour.

Michael Carayannis Trent Hodkinson knows his Origin future is on the line come Wednesday night.

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Plenty of odd couples in NSW Blues State of Origin camp

Turn up the volume: Blues prop Andrew Fifita.

Michael Carayannis Wrestling, footy and Facebook are the topics of conversation for the NSW front-rowers.