Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Jamie Soward steps up as Penrith captain

Michael Chammas He has been lumped with the captaincy by default, but Penrith skipper Jamie Soward is making a strong case to retain the role beyond the end of the season.

Young NRL coaches prove experience is in the eye of the beholder

Template for the future: NRL clubs are trying to find the next version of relatively inexperienced, yet highly successful coaches such as Trent Robinson.

Michael Chammas What started as a leap of faith by Manly, South Sydney and the Roosters has altered a perception in the NRL that only experienced coaches can breed success.

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No player in Origin – but now minor premiership is in Penrith Panthers' reach

On the prowl: the Panthers are well placed to end their 23-year wait for the minor premiership.

Michael Chammas The Panthers will take another step towards ending an 11-year drought in Sydney's west if they put Brisbane away at Penrith on Monday night.

League

Jarryd Hayne puts feelers out to pursue dream to play American football

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Michael Chammas Jarryd Hayne has revealed a hidden desire to play American football, leaving the door slightly ajar for an unlikely code switch after undertaking secret gridiron sessions in the off-season.

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Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys and Warriors seek cure for World Cup hangover

Heavy workload: Johnathan Thurston is one of 12 Cowboys stars backing up from the World Cup.

Michael Chammas It's no surprise those teams suffering from the strongest dose of a World Cup hangover were those heavily represented in last year's end-of-season tournament in the United Kingdom.

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How the NRL teams rate heading into rep season

Man of the moment: Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds.

Michael Chammas No one expected the Bulldogs to start the year as competition leaders without a genuine fullback, but halves Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson have been integral to their success.

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Chris Sandow begins road to redemption with Eels

Chris Sandow

Michael Chammas Chris Sandow will attempt to resurrect his faltering career when he rejoins his Parramatta teammates for the start of pre-season training on Monday.

League

NRL pays $100,000 for bodyguards to keep Auckland Nines free of scandal

Michael Chammas Bodyguards will accompany players on nights out during next weekend's Auckland Nines, with the NRL investing $100,000 to ensure there are no off-field dramas at the inaugural tournament.

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Cronulla Sharks sweat on Todd Carney injury for first round of NRL

Todd Carney

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Cronulla playmaker Todd Carney is in doubt for the opening match of the season after the Sharks' all-out bid to win the $380,000 prizemoney on offer to the victors of the NRL Nines in Auckland...

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Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary says international matches are making the season too long for players

Ivan Cleary

Michael Chammas Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has called for the NRL to reduce the number of end-of-season internationals, adamant the game's top players are being overworked.

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Parramatta Eels centre Willie Tonga loses weight to revive faltering NRL career

Willie Tonga

Michael Chammas Parramatta centre Willie Tonga has undertaken the most significant off-season transformation of his career, dropping 12 kilograms in four months in a bid to end his horror run of injuries.

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NRL: Cronulla's Daniel Holdsworth hopes to make most of homecoming in Titans clash

Daniel Holdsworth

Michael Chammas Daniel Holdsworth joined Cronulla as a back-up option in the halves but will make his return to the NRL as the Sharks' first-choice playmaker.

League

Roosters look to Melbourne and Manly for inspiration

Building a legacy: Roosters coach Trent Robinson

Michael Chammas Roosters coach Trent Robinson has told his troops to look to Manly and Melbourne for inspiration as the reigning champions try to back up last year's grand final triumph.

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Close losses not good enough for Panthers any more, says Kevin Kingston

Billy Slater of the Storm is tackled by Elijah Taylor of the Panthers during Penrith's controversial loss to Melbourne.

Michael Chammas It wasn't long ago Penrith would have considered a one-point loss to Melbourne in the Storm's own backyard as a moral victory, but not not any more.

League

NRL's new rules close gap between top and bottom sides

Form team: The rules revamp suits more mobile packs such as the Tigers.

Michael Chammas Generally speaking, leading coaches say a faster game is a better game.

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NRL: Jamal Idris leaves Gold Coast Titans to take up three-year deal with Penrith Panthers

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Michael Chammas Penrith have scored a massive coup by signing Gold Coast centre Jamal Idris to a three-year deal.

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Lack of unity by Eels led to horror year - Sandow

Chris Sandow

Michael Chammas PARRAMATTA halfback Chris Sandow has blamed a lack of camaraderie among the playing group as one of the main reasons for last season's failure, but is adamant the Eels have united under Ricky Stuart.

League

Souths out, Titans in for Jennings

Michael Jennings?

Michael Chammas THE Michael Jennings contract saga took another twist on Tuesday when one of his suitors pulled the pin on the bid to sign the 24-year-old and a new club joined the race.

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Departure of Jennings to benefit Panthers

Michael Jennings

Michael Chammas Penrith have cleared the decks to make an aggressive play for the NRL’s top players next year.

Inglis: the loss is still painful

NRL. Charity Shield. South Sydney player Greg Inglis.Wednesday 23rd January, 2013Photos: Anthony Johnson

Michael Chammas GREG INGLIS chooses to block out the painful memories of last year's preliminary final heartache but coach Michael Maguire believes it could be the moment that defines this year's campaign.