Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Sydney Roosters face rocky road to grand final, with North Queensland being the first challenge

Michael Chammas Penrith's fairytale finals charge has shattered hopes of a dream finale between South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters, forcing the reigning premiers down a long and arduous road to the grand final.

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History on Manly's side in grand final rematch

Roosters players celebrate during last year's grand final win over Manly.

Michael Chammas Since the introduction of the NRL in 1998, most of the reigning premiers have lost against the runners-up in the grand final rematch the following year.

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The A-Z of the grand final

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Michael Chammas Michael Chammas takes an alphabetical look at rugby league's biggest game of the year.

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NRL considers grand final shake-up

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Spectators during Auckland NRL Nines at Eden Park on February 16, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Simon Watts/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas The NRL will consider having a two-week build-up to future grand finals in a bid to turn the NRL All Stars match into an event similar to the NFL's Pro Bowl.

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Live: 2013 NRL Grand Final

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Michael Chammas Join LeagueHQ for full, live coverage of the 2013 NRL grand final.

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Sydney Roosters need to lift their game to go back-to-back, say grand final heroes

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Michael Chammas Representative stars Michael Jennings and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves are adamant the Sydney Roosters cannot defend their title playing the same football they did last year.

Unlucky duo boost Dogs' grand final pedigree

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Michael Chammas IF YOU believe in omens, Krisnan Inu and Sam Perrett are Canterbury's unlucky lucky charms.

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Souths fans hop to it with grand final tickets

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Rabbitohs fans show their colours during the round 21 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on July 29, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas It is still too early to start singing Glory, Glory to South Sydney, but that hasn't stopped Rabbitohs fans from snapping up close to 7000 tickets for this year's premiership decider.

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Manly Sea Eagles set to fight Anthony Watmough's dangerous throw charge

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Michael Chammas Manly are expected to roll the dice and risk losing Anthony Watmough for two weeks in a bid to have the star backrower available against the Bulldogs on Saturday night.

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Panthers' Dallin Watene-Zelezniak redeems himself with try-creating flick pass

Upset: The Panthers celebrate during their dramatic win over the Roosters on Saturday.

Michael Chammas Dallin Watene-Zelezniak knew he had to produce something special if he was to make up for the mistake he made that led to what seemed like a match-winning try to Mitchell Pearce on Saturday night.

Sydney Roosters fans' hate just makes Panthers' Jamie Soward stronger

Jamie Soward remonstrates with trainer Alan Mair.

Michael Chammas Penrith trainer Alan Mair was fulfilling a pact he had made with Jamie Soward when he ran out on to Allianz Stadium to high five the Panthers playmaker after his match-winning field goal on Saturday...

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South Sydney Rabbitohs humiliate Manly Sea Eagles in NRL finals series opener

Rabbit on the run: George Burgess charges up the middle.

Michael Chammas He was a rabbit caught in the headlights in last year's finals series, but South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds took centre stage on Friday night to inflict a finals humiliation on Manly.

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Coach Ivan Cleary sees the light after hanging tough at Penrith Panthers

‘If you want to build a house you have to tear down the old one to start again.’

Michael Chammas To think it is one thing, but for Ivan Cleary to admit that he wondered if he had made the right decision joining the Panthers in 2012, things must have been seriously tough.

Matt Moylan shines as Penrith Panthers clinch fourth in dominant win over Warriors

Too good: Penrith Panthers star Matt Moylan.

Michael Chammas The newly crowned prince of Penrith, Matt Moylan, has done it again.

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Trent Robinson set for pay rise with Roosters

Big deal: Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson.

Michael Chammas Trent Robinson started out as one of the least paid coaches in the NRL, but a premiership in his first season and another one up for grabs is set to see him be catapulted into the top echelon of...

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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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Eight years in the NRL: How your team fared in the 16-team competition

The Titans have struggled to make a big impact since joining the comp in 2007.

Michael Chammas Since the Gold Coast Titans joined the competition in 2007, most teams have been on a rollercoaster ride in search of success.

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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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Eels v Raiders

Michael Chammas Parramatta v Canberra at TIO Stadium, Saturday 8.30pm

Cowboys v Tigers

Michael Chammas North Queensland v Wests Tigers at 1300SMILES Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm