Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

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

Canterbury Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson defends his chicken-wing tackle on Manly prop Josh Starling

Michael Carayannis Canterbury back-rower Josh Jackson has defended his chicken wing tackle saying there is no way he could have caused an injury to Manly prop Josh Starling.

Canterbury Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson cleared of chicken-wing tackle

Cleared by match review committee: Canterbury back-rower Josh Jackson.

Michael Carayannis Josh Jackson breathed a sigh of relief with the Canterbury back-rower keeping his 63-consecutive game record intact after being cleared by the NRL match review committee of a chicken-wing tackle.

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson believes finals momentum swings due to new rules

Roosters coach Trent Robinson.

Michael Carayannis Rule alterations favouring attacking football is behind the dramatic points-swing in finals matches, says Roosters coach Trent Robinson.

Sydney Roosters legend Luke Ricketson wants Anthony Minichiello to extend club record to 303

Rooster on the run: Anthony Minichiello darts upfield.

Michael Carayannis When Luke Ricketson first laid eyes on Anthony Minichiello he predicted the then 16-year-old would be a special talent.

Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend cheated death after chest injury

Cause for concern: Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend  suffered potentially lift-threatening injuries.

Michael Carayannis Jake Friend could have died had the Roosters hooker's internal bleeding gone untreated for much longer, such was the horror of his car-crash-type injury.

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler backs automatic punch penalties

No question: Bulldogs player Reni Maitua is sent off.

Michael Carayannis The sin-binnings of Reni Maitua and Josh Starling for punching should serve as a warning to the remaining teams in the finals, says Canterbury coach Des Hasler.

Sydney Roosters star James Maloney hoping to take South Sydney Rabbitohs to 'dark places' in preliminary final

Jimmy's happy: Roosters five-eighth James Maloney is looking forward to facing the Rabbitohs.

Michael Carayannis Roosters five-eighth James Maloney has instigated the mind games against South Sydney by urging his side to take the Rabbitohs to "dark places" in the hope that their old foes can start to doubt...

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Jared Waerea-Hargreaves tells of Roosters' great escape

Always in the thick of it: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Michael Carayannis Near dead silence gripped the Roosters behind their try line when the Cowboys charged back to draw level, according to Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

One-punch rule in the spotlight as Josh Starling and Reni Maitua hit the sin bin

Josh Starling

Michael Carayannis If you punch or shove you get sat down, but if a player does an apparent chicken wing tackle you can remain on the field.

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Manly Sea Eagles set to take punt on Daniel Harrison for finals clash with Canterbury Bulldogs

Michael Carayannis Manly coach Geoff Toovey is expected to make the biggest selection gamble of the season by picking Daniel Harrison for his first NRL appearance this year.

Five things we learnt: Roosters v Cowboys

Too pumped?: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Michael Carayannis In four of the opening finals games, teams have rushed to big leads only for the opposition to claw their way back.

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St George Illawarra Dragons winger Brett Morris' mooted Canterbury Bulldogs deal under investigation

Talented twosome: Josh and Brett Morris during their time in the NSW State of Origin camp.

Michael Carayannis The NRL is set to investigate St George Illawarra's claims that a rival club approached Brett Morris despite the winger being contracted for 2015.

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Manly Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey set to drop winger Jorge Taufua after high-ball blunders

Michael Carayannis Manly's Jorge Taufua has "bombed" out of the Sea Eagles side with Geoff Toovey set to drop the winger after his horrendous opening finals game.

Canterbury Bulldogs beat themselves during form slump, says fullback Sam Perrett

Michael Carayannis Sam Perrett believes the greatest obstacle Canterbury have had to overcome this season has been beating themselves.

Canterbury comes calling but Brett Morris is not for sale, say St George Illawarra

Hands off: The Dragons are holding firm on Brett Morris.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko St George Illawarra have accused a rival NRL club of tapping up Brett Morris, claiming the club has offered their Test winger a contract for next season despite Morris being contracted to the Dragons.

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Manly need Anthony Watmough to win, says Brett Stewart

Heading to Parramatta?: Anthony Watmough.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko Brett Stewart may believe Manly "need" Anthony Watmough to win but the Sea Eagles will have to beat Canterbury minus their star back-rower after he accepted a one game ban for a dangerous throw.

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St George Illawarra's Brett Morris seeks release to join brother Josh at Canterbury Bulldogs

Brothers in arms: Brett and Josh Morris in 2007 as St George Illawarra teammates.

Michael Carayannis Brett Morris has requested a release from the final year of his St George Illawarra contract to join Canterbury after a decision to allow the flyer to test his market value has the potential of...

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South Sydney Rabbitohs rookie Alex Johnston looms as bolter for Australian Kangaroos' Four Nations team

Prolific scorer: Alex Johnston goes over for the Rabbitohs in their qualification final win over Manly on Friday night.

Michael Carayannis South Sydney's Alex Johnston is on the verge of becoming the least experienced Australian player in more than a decade with the Rabbitohs winger emerging as a Kangaroos bolter.

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter gives contenders for his job a week off

Uncertain future: Michael Potter.

Michael Carayannis One of Mick Potter's final acts as Wests Tigers head coach could be telling his assistants and candidates in line to replace him – Todd Payten and David Kidwell – to have the week off...

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Tyler Cassel faces lengthy ban for torpedo tackle

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Michael Carayannis Wests Tigers forward Tyler Cassel could be banned for up to five weeks for a torpedo-like tackle into Devon Makoate-Boyce as the South Sydney player tried to kick the ball during Friday night's...