Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Manly Sea Eagles launch secret bid to sign Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur to keep Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran

Michael Chammas Manly's desperation to retain their superstar halves is behind a secret plot to steal coach Brad Arthur from arch rivals Parramatta.

Trent Merrin given Wednesday deadline to decide between Panthers and Broncos

Trent Merrin

Michael Chammas Departing St George Illawarra forward Trent Merrin has been given a deadline of Wednesday to make a decision on his future.

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All that glitters: League on the Gold Coast

Titans players stood down in cocaine scandal

Michael Chammas Rugby league on the Gold Coast has been a stop-start affair with five different attempts to establish a foothold.

All eyes on Jarryd Hayne as US scouts earmark the NRL as potential NFL talent pool

In full flight: Jarryd Hayne trains at Coogee Oval last Friday.

Michael Chammas The level of success of Jarryd Hayne's NFL pursuit could have huge ramifications on rugby league with the NRL now earmarked as a potential talent pool for American football.

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NRL boss Dave Smith continues to provide assistance for embattled clubs

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24:  NRL Chief Executive Dave Smith speaks to the media during a Gold Coast Titans NRL press conference at the Titans Headquarters on February 24, 2015 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas NRL chief executive Dave Smith has added the Gold Coast Titans to a growing list of clubs the NRL have had to provide financial assistance and corporate governance under his watch.

Jarryd Hayne reveals he tried to quit the NRL in 2011 as he closes in on rookie contract with Detroit Lions

Michael Chammas Jarryd Hayne has revealed he was ready to quit the game three years ago, however his decision to drop out of high school cost him any chance of playing college football in the United States.

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Reece Robinson hat-trick sees Parramatta Eels beat Panthers in Will Hopoate's fullback debut

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Anthony Watmough of the Eels looks on during the NRL Trial Match between the Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels at Sportingbet Stadium on February 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas Anthony Watmough's first game in Parramatta colours was overshadowed by fellow recruit Reece Robinson, who stole the show with a hat-trick to lead the Eels to a 30-22 trial win against the Panthers...

Penrith Panthers set to release version two of generation Jennings

Panthers on the prowl: Penrith rookies Robert (left) and George Jennings.

Michael Chammas Version two of generation Jennings at the foot of the mountains is about to be released, with the younger brothers of Roosters star Michael Jennings on the verge of making their NRL debuts.

Brisbane Broncos relaunch bid to sign Trent Merrin

Wanted man: Trent Merrin of the Dragons.

Michael Chammas The Brisbane Broncos have launched a last minute bid to lure Trent Merrin to the club to play under former coach Wayne Bennett next season.

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Trent Merrin closes the door on St George Illawarra Dragons as manager confirms he will leave club

Bye bye Dragons: Trent Merrin won't sign a new contract with St George Illawarra

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra forward Trent Merrin will depart the Dragons at the end of the season.

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Wounded Penrith Panthers return with fire in the belly after missing last year's NRL finals

Back in black: Peter Wallace, Bryce Cartwright and Elijah Taylor.

Michael Chammas Only six days separated respective season-ending leg injuries for the trio of Panthers who were forced to watch their side's inspiring semi-final charge from the sidelines last season.

South Sydney centre Dylan Walker insists premiership won't distract the team

Not resting: South centre Dylan Walker said the Rabbitohs' hunger hasn't diminished.

Michael Chammas As South Sydney prepare for a shot at being crowned world champions, star centre Dylan Walker insists last year's premiership victory is now well and truly in the back of the minds of the Rabbitohs.

NRL code of conduct warning for World Club Series after South Sydney's Arizona incident

Warned: The NRL has reminded clubs of their responsibilities following the arrests of John Sutton and Luke Burgess in Arizona.

Michael Chammas The NRL has reminded the three clubs over in the United Kingdom for the World Club Series of their responsibility to ensure players adhere to the code of conduct.

South Sydney forward Kyle Turner's spinal injury not as serious as initially feared

Good news: Kyle Turner's spinal injury isn't as bad as initially feared.

Michael Chammas The spinal injury South Sydney forward Kyle Turner suffered playing for the Indigenous All Stars on Friday night isn't as serious as initially feared.

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Paul Gallen escapes sanction for tackle that has left South Sydney backrower Kyle Turner facing indefinite absence after spinal injury

Michael Chammas A spinal injury suffered in Friday night's All Stars match on the Gold Coast has left South Sydney back-rower Kyle Turner facing an indefinite absence from the game.

Greg Inglis attracting inquiries from overseas rugby league and union clubs 'on a weekly basis'

Band of brothers: Inglis celebrates a try .

Michael Chammas Greg Inglis' manager Allan Gainey insists he's fielding inquiries about his superstar client on a weekly basis from overseas rugby league and union clubs.

Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor believes club's injury crisis could have been prevented

Familiar sight: Tim Moltzen leaves the field injured in round 7, 2013.

Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers have been decimated by injury over the past two years but new coach Jason Taylor insists the majority of those injuries could have been avoided.

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Former Penrith Panthers prop Tim Grant relishing opportunity at South Sydney Rabbitohs

Fresh start: Tim Grant is keen to re-establish himself in the NRL with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Michael Chammas Tim Grant always wanted to finish his career at the Penrith Panthers but admits his final few months at the foot of the mountains "felt like a job".

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Set of Six: All eyes on John Sutton in his return to captaincy for Redfern trial

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Michael Chammas All the big issues to keep an eye on during this weekend's round of NRL preseason trial matches.

South Sydney Rabbitohs feel heat as Luke Burgess quizzed by NRL integrity unit

Questions to answer: Luke Burgess, who moved to Manly in the off-season from Souths.

Michael Carayannis, Michael Chammas Luke Burgess had discussions with the NRL's integrity unit on Thursday as it looks to finalise the re-opened investigations into South Sydney's infamous pre-season incident in Arizona by the end of...

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