Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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

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.

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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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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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Parramatta Eels reaping rewards of resting Jarryd Hayne during Origin, says coach Brad Arthur

Firing after Origin: Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne is in red-hot form.

Michael Chammas While most of the NSW Blues players have faltered since returning to club football, Eels coach Brad Arthur believes the decision to rest Jarryd Hayne during the Origin period is paying dividends.

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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Eric Grothe rates Jarryd Hayne superior to his NRL 2009 breakout season

Jarryd Hayne.

Michael Chammas Jarryd Hayne says he is no superman, but the Parramatta fullback is on course to surpass the heroics of his incredible 2009 season.

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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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South Sydney Rabbitohs new premiership favourites after big win over Manly Sea Eagles

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Michael Chammas In round 23 last year the Rabbitohs left Gosford with a 22-10 win, only to bow out to Manly 30-20 in the preliminary final six weeks later.

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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

Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles

Michael Chammas South Sydney v Manly, SCG, Friday 7.45pm

League

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?

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Sam Perrett is No.1 in Bulldogs' books – they aren't missing Broncos recruit Ben Barba at all

He's the one: Sam Perrett has outpointed predecessor Ben Barba across the board since the latter left the club.

Michael Chammas Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds believes this year's Bulldogs outfit is a more complete football team than the Ben Barba-inspired team that reached the 2012 grand final.

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NRL stars who factor with 'X' appeal heading into the year's finals

Prolific scorer: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has scored some spectacular tries for the Roosters.

Michael Chammas The league season is into the home stretch. Michael Chammas looks at the players who could be the X-factors for the teams still in contention to win this year's NRL title.

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Josh Reynolds motivated by talk of Johnathan Thurston return

Loyal Bulldog: Josh Reynolds.

Michael Chammas Long before they locked horns in a fiery State of Origin confrontation, Johnathan Thurston threw down the gauntlet to Josh Reynolds.