Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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Jordan McLean to make low-key league return in NSW Cup

Easing back: Jordan McLean.

Michael Chammas Melbourne Storm forward Jordan McLean will make his return this weekend after serving a seven-game NRL ban for his tackle on Alex McKinnon in round three.

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Jets scramble to take NSW Cup

West Tigers vs the Newtown Jets.

Michael Chammas The Newtown Jets avenged the disappointment of past NSW Cup failures, holding off a resurgent Tigers outfit to win the NSW Cup.

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Stuart sends Sandow packing to NSW Cup

Chris Sandow

Michael Chammas For the second time in as many years, Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow has been dropped to the NSW Cup.

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NRL considers funding all junior development in a major revamp of the game's pathways

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Brad Walter and Michael Chammas The NRL may fund all junior development across the game under a major revamp of pathways that could see the under 20s National Youth Competition scrapped and the introduction of a rookie draft.

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James Segeyaro is raking in the credits as Penrith's first-choice hooker

James Segeyaro

Michael Chammas The Panthers had just won their third game on the trot with James Segeyaro as their starting hooker when the club announced the signing of South Sydney's Apisai Koroisau for next season.

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Ivan Cleary says Cowboys have more weapons than just Thurston

Class to burn: North Queensland’s talisman Johnathan Thurston.

Michael Chammas Panthers coach Ivan Cleary insists there's more to North Queensland than the man they tried so hard to lure to Penrith.

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Penrith Panthers score thrilling win over North Queensland Cowboys with Jamie Soward starring

Starring role: Jamie Soward was the most valuable player for Penrith in their win over North Queensland.

Michael Chammas The Panthers might have went after Johnathan Thurston as their priority recruit, but on Monday night Jamie Soward proved that he was more than just a second prize, leading the Panthers to a...

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Nigel Plum is head, shoulders, knees and ankles above the odds in playing with injury

True warrior: Nigel Plum shows how he is strapped up to reduce pain and injury during games.

Michael Chammas You would be hard-pressed to find a player in the NRL who goes through more than Nigel Plum to prepare for a game of football.

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Dragons v Panthers

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra v Penrith at WIN Stadium, Sunday 3pm

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Penrith Panthers rookies echo club’s trio of greats

Young guns: Matt Moylan, Isaah Yeo and Bryce Cartwright are bringing back memories of 2003.

Michael Chammas Is history repeating itself at the foot of the mountains?

League

Garth Brennan a favourite for Newcastle Knights job when Wayne Bennett leaves

Garth Brennan

Michael Chammas As the Knights prepare to begin interviews for the coaching position next week, Garth Brennan, the man Wayne Bennett punted from the club three years ago, firms as a favourite to become his successor.

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Boyd Cordner gets chance to make State of Origin claim

Rooster booster: Boyd Cordner will return on Friday after being sidelined for seven weeks by an ankle injury.

Michael Chammas Boyd Cordner will get a chance to press his claims for an Origin recall after returning from injury to be named on the bench for the Roosters against Manly on Friday night.

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State of Origin: Miraculous recovery lets Josh Morris break free of brother's shadow

Central battle: Josh Morris and Greg Inglis in Origin I.

Michael Chammas He left St George Illawarra to forge his own identity, but Josh Morris' finest moment in rugby league may be be something he will yet again have to share with his twin brother.

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Josh Dugan move will be watched closely by Laurie Daley

On show: Laurie Daley will be given the chance to examin how Dugan handles defending in the front line.

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor could provide Laurie Daley with some food for thought, mulling over moving Josh Dugan to right centre for Monday night's clash against South Sydney.

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Change of attitude pays off for Penrith Panther Matt Moylan

Winners are grinners: Matt Moylan celebrates his match-winning field goal on Monday night.

Michael Chammas Matt Moylan fell away at this time last year in his debut season and was eventually dropped to the NSW Cup, but a month ago he set out to avoid a repeat of 2013.

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Talkin' Teams and Ultimate League

Sonny Bill Williams

Michael Chammas and Chris Boulous Join Michael Chammas and Chris Boulos for the NRL team news as it comes as well as plenty of Ultimate League chat.

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Injuries and infection leave Cronulla hamstrung in the halves

Todd Carney

Adrian Proszenko and Michael Chammas Cronulla is facing a halves crisis ahead of its season opener against the Gold Coast after Wade Graham suffered a blood infection.

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Dallin Watene-Zelezniak stars on debut as Panthers beat Raiders

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Michael Chammas The heavens opened up above Sportingbet Stadium on Saturday night, with the torrential rain delivering a superstar in the making.

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Wests Tigers name debutants Kurtis Rowe and Blake Austin

Kurtis Rowe

Michael Chammas A week after watching Junior Kiwis teammate Dallin Watene-Zelezniak debut for Penrith, Tigers fullback Kurtis Rowe will get his chance in the No.1 jersey.

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Courageous Sezer in doubt for City after playing with injury

Adian Sezer

Michael Chammas Gold Coast Titans five-eighth Aidan Sezer is in doubt for next Sunday's City-Country clash in Dubbo after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's win against the Tigers.