Michael Chammas

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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.

League

Laurie Daley helped transform Blues long before becoming coach

Committed: Laurie Daley.

Michael Chammas He didn't know it at the time, but during a meeting in 2010, Laurie Daley helped sow the seeds for what would eventually become his finest hour in rugby league.

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NRL: Wave of optimism has swept new-look Dragons' camp, says coach Steve Price

Josh Dugan

Michael Chammas It has taken two years but St George Illawarra coach Steve Price finally has the football team he wants.

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High heir pressure but Price feels right

Dragons coach Steve Price.pic John Veage

Michael Chammas STEVE PRICE could well be remembered as the meat in the sandwich provided by two of the greatest coaches in league history.

Positions, decisions - time is almost up for tough calls

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas Michael Chammas looks at the 10 most contentious positions still up for grabs in this weekend's trials.

Eels not alone in bid to lure Norman south

Corey Norman

Michael Chammas, Brad Walter PARRAMATTA will have to fight off bids from St George Illawarra and Penrith to lure Corey Norman from Brisbane for next season.

League

Dugan close to finalising deal with Dragons

Dugan

Michael Chammas Josh Dugan is on the verge of returning to the NRL after his manager met St George Illawarra officials on Wednesday to finalise a contract with the joint venture club.

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Dugan can help Dragons get their fire back, says Young

Dragons player Josh Dugan trains with the Dragons.

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra have struggled to score points since Darius Boyd's defection to Newcastle but former Dragons lock Dean Young believes Josh Dugan can solve their attacking woes.

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Talkin' Teams, Tuesday, June 11

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Michael Chammas Michael Chammas brings you the NRL teams for round 17 as they are announced.

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Ruling challenge groundless as Price's men go down in flames

Roosters

Michael Chammas ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA coach Steve Price won't have a lot to argue about when he approaches referees boss Bill Harrigan about the contentious try awarded to Mitchell Pearce that sunk the Dragons last...

Rugby league

Shoulder knock rules King out of Broncos crunch match

Jason King

Michael Chammas MANLY prop Jason King is expected to miss tonight's clash with Brisbane, failing to overcome a shoulder injury suffered in last Sunday's win over the Knights.

Replacement Watmough relishes chance to line up with Vatuvei

Anthony Watmough

Michael Chammas WHEN Manly football manager Steve Gigg's name flashed up on Anthony Watmough's phone on Sunday afternoon, he immediately assumed the worst.

Fien's fine knowing the end is nigh

Michael Chammas NATHAN FIEN, the grandfather of St George Illawarra's hooker ranks, is enjoying mentoring Cameron King and Mitch Rein but believes it won't be long before they overtake him in the pecking order.

Clubs stake their seasons on untested halves pairs

Michael Chammas IN A reflection of the modern game, 14 clubs are set to open their premiership campaign next week with halves who have played fewer than 35 NRL games together.

We were the ones out there: Young downplays Bennett's role

Jamie Soward, Wayne Bennett and Dean Young.

Michael Chammas ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA insist they have ''nothing to prove'' in the post-Wayne Bennett era that begins against their former coach in Newcastle on Thursday night.

Price is right, team says of coach's style

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Dragons players have warned former mentor Wayne Bennett to expect some surprises when they take on his Newcastle side under new coach Steve Price in Thursday night's NRL season opener.

We're a different beast, Dragons warn Bennett

Wayne Bennett

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas DRAGONS players have warned former mentor Wayne Bennett to expect some surprises when they take on his Newcastle side under the guidance of new coach Steve Price for the first time in Thursday...

Tigers undecided over Mason but Willie has options, too

Willie Mason

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers are weighing up the pros and cons of signing Willie Mason, but insist they ''aren't the only show in town''.

Sea Eagles back Williams over De Gois hoist but he faces a nervous wait for verdict

Tony Williams

Michael Chammas MANLY coach Geoff Toovey believes Tony Williams doesn't have a case to answer to after the second-rower was placed on report for a dangerous tackle on Isaac De Gois in the first half of last night's...

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Benji marshalls the troops as team effort ensures Tigers finally fire without Farah

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15:  Robbie Farah (C) of the Tigers is assisted off the field after a heavy knock during the round seven NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Wests Tigers at Centrebet Stadium on April 15, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas THE Wests Tigers have learnt how to win without hooker Robbie Farah, who was yesterday named in the City Origin team despite suffering concussion in the win against Penrith.