Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika and Swans coach John Longmire talk to NSW Blues ahead of Origin defence

Michael Chammas The NSW Blues officially kickstarted their State of Origin defence in Sydney on Friday with Waratahs coach Michael Cheika and Sydney Swans coach John Longmire addressing the players.

New Zealand Warriors enter race for St George Illawarra Dragons forward Trent Merrin

Trent Merrin

Michael Chammas The New Zealand Warriors have entered the race for the signature of St George Illawarra forward Trent Merrin.

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Penrith Panthers junior awakes from coma after stabbing incident

Michael Chammas Before being placed into an induced coma, the Penrith Panthers junior, who had been stabbed, had a simple, one-word message he wanted to communicate to his mother:...

Year in review: rugby league's highs and lows in 2014

Long time coming: an injured Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis celebrate South Sydney's drought-breaking grand final win.

Michael Chammas It was the year of fairytales and drought-breaking victories. It's hard to go past South Sydney ending their 43-year wait for premiership glory as the highlight of 2014, Sam Burgess' heroics in the...

Jarryd Hayne appoints US agent for NFL dream chase

NFL bid: Jarryd Hayne has appointed a US agent.

Michael Chammas Jarryd Hayne has appointed US agent Jack Bechta to represent him in the same week he visited two NFL clubs.

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Cronulla boss Lyall Gorman says Sharks can have A-League team up and running by 2017

Michael Chammas New Cronulla Sharks chief executive Lyall Gorman believes the club can own the next A-League franchise and be ready in time for when the FFA look set for expansion in 2017.

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Kieran Foran to make decision on his future at Manly before start of NRL season

Surf's up: Layne Beachley, Kerri Pottharst, Kieran Foran and Barton Lynch at the launch of Manly's Nines jumper.

Michael Chammas Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran insists he won't let his contract negotiations become a distraction for the Sea Eagles, intending to make a decision on his future before the start of the season.

NRL spread the word in Fiji as part of Pacific strategy

NRL visits Fiji

Michael Chammas The NRL was spreading the word about rugby league in Fiji this week.

Canterbury Bulldogs join White Ribbon to make stand against domestic violence

Anti-domestic violence: White Ribbon CEO Libby Davies, Raelene Castle, Aiden Tolman, Fayssal Sari from White Ribbon and Steve Turner

Michael Chammas In the wake of yet another domestic violence charge in the NRL, Canterbury Bulldogs have formed a landmark partnership with White Ribbon in a bid to reduce prevalence by educating their players and...

Referee Shayne Hayne retires after 328 NRL games with the whistle

Shayne Hayne

Michael Chammas Refereeing veteran Shayne Hayne has decided to hang up the whistle after 328 first grade games in the NRL.

Ben Barba signs with Cronulla Sharks for $800,000 a season for the next three years

Ben Barba will leave the Broncos after one season in Brisbane.

Michael Chammas Ben Barba will join Cronulla for the next three seasons on a deal believed to be worth close to $800,000 a year after he was released by the Brisbane Broncos for 2015.

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Ian Roberts believes ex-players will consider suing NRL over brain injuries

Michael Chammas Former rugby league star Ian Roberts believes ex-players will consider suing the NRL over brain injuries.

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St George Illawarra's Josh Dugan completes community service course as part of rehabilitation

Focused: Josh Dugan has plans to join university.

Michael Chammas Josh Dugan's redemption story has been told many times since getting his life back on track at the Dragons, but another chapter was added during the week when he completed the course he was forced to...

Dragons want to keep Trent Merrin but prop likely to test market

In demand: Trent Merrin has been linked to several other NRL clubs.

Michael Chammas Trent Merrin's manager will meet with St George Illawarra officials next week to discuss extending the Origin forward's contract, however it's likely Merrin will test the market for 2016 and beyond.

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Jason Taylor all set for first day of pre-season training at Wests Tigers

Jason Taylor

Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers will begin preseason training for next year carrying the scars of this season, with 13 of their top 35 unavailable.

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan back for first day of pre-season after 11-month suspension

Back at Cronulla ... the NRL has lifted its ban on Shane Flanagan.

Michael Chammas Life after ASADA began for Cronulla on Monday as Shane Flanagan resumed normal order at the Sharks in his first day back in the top job after an 11-month suspension.

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The NRL player trade: How your team is shaping up for 2015

Josh Hoffman of the Broncos receives attention in the second half.

Michael Chammas Rugby league began life after Jarryd Hayne, Sam Burgess and Sonny Bill Williams this week with the first teams returning for pre-season training.

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Anthony Watmough knew it was time to leave Manly Sea Eagles for Parramatta Eels when he started to look like Hitler

Michael Chammas Anthony Watmough knew Manly no longer felt like home when his own club turned on him and portrayed him as a villain.

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Parramatta Eels are no longer a one man band, says Tim Mannah

Michael Chammas Eels skipper Tim Mannah admits there was a time when the Eels gave themselves no chance without Jarryd Hayne.

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Jarryd Hayne could still play for Australia - at the American Football World Championship

Michael Chammas He pulled out of the Four Nations but Jarryd Hayne could be back in Australian colours as early as next July at the American Football World Championship.