Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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

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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Queensland Maroons beat NSW Blues to score consolation win

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Michael Chammas Queensland have saved face after losing the first two matches of the State of Origin series by beating NSW in the finale at Suncorp Stadium.

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State of Origin: NSW Blues beat Queensland Maroons to end eight-year drought

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  Trent Hodkinson of the Blues celebrates winning the series after game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson etched his name into State of Origin folklore by scoring the winning try to beat Queensland at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night for the Blues to win their first series...

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State of Origin success helps give James Tamou that dinky-di feeling

New outlook: NSW front-rower James Tamou believes the Blues now have the formula for bringing down Queensland.

Michael Chammas When it comes to controversial eligibility selections, James Tamou is right up there with Greg Inglis and Israel Folau.

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It's time for the NSW Blues: Queensland's State of Origin number is up

It's time: Blues skipper Paul Gallen.

Michael Chammas It's the devil's number in cricket but it could be lucky 87 for NSW in their bid to end Queensland's eight-year Origin supremacy on Wednesday night.

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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.

Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles

Michael Chammas MELBOURNE STORM v MANLY SEA EAGLES at AAMI Park, 7.30pm.

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Melbourne Storm big three too good for South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Michael Chammas It was meant to serve as an Origin audition for those on the fringe of the Blues team, instead it proved to be a reminder of just how far the gap is between Melbourne's big three and NSW's hopefuls.

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Queensland Maroons on cloud nine as Mal Meninga's men push for all-time greatness

Down and out: A ninth consecutive Origin series loss for NSW would put Queensland among the longest winning streaks in two-team competitions.

Michael Chammas Eight series in a row has Queensland on par with Australia's greatest Ashes domination over the old enemy, but just how far will the Maroons' dominance over NSW extend?

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North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm

Michael Chammas NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS v MELBOURNE STORM at 1300SMILES Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm.

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Injury-hit Maroons toss up switching Greg Inglis to five-eighth for State of Origin II

Change mooted: Greg Inglis on the charge in Origin I.

Michael Chammas Queensland are contemplating taking one of the biggest gambles of their record eight-year run, weighing up the notion of moving Greg Inglis to five-eighth for game two in Sydney.

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State of Origin: Jarryd Hayne soars in Blues win

NSW fullback Jarryd Hayne tries to evade Queensland five-eighth Johnathan Thurston.

Michael Chammas In the company of two of the greatest fullbacks rugby league has ever seen, Jarryd Hayne produced one of NSW's greatest individual performances to guide his side within one win of breaking...

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State of Origin: Trent Hodkinson, Daly Cherry-Evans square off in pivotal clash

Half a chance: Trent Hodkinson at Blues training at Coffs Harbour on Wednesday.

Michael Chammas It's a match made in Manly. The one-time apprentice going up against his predecessor in a battle that began on the northern beaches four years ago.

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Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors

Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

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Talkin' Teams and Ultimate League

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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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Storm v Panthers

Michael Chammas The Panthers are going to be a much improved team this year, but getting the job done in Melbourne in Cooper Cronk's first game of the season is too big of an ask so early in the year.

Peter Wallace blames referees after Panthers' narrow loss to Storm

Michael Chammas The Panthers went down 18-17 to Melbourne at AAMI Park on Saturday night, with several contentious refereeing decisions going against them.

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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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Storm v Titans

Michael Chammas Michael Chammas writes: The return of Cameron Smith (back spasms) after last week's loss to the Bulldogs in Perth is a huge boost for the Storm.

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St George Illawarra want NRL to change concussion rules after Dragons forced to play with 12 men

Down for the count: Joel Thompson's injury started a remarkable sequence of events that left the Dragons with just 12 players for the final moments of their loss to Melbourne.

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra have called on the NRL to reassess the concussion guidelines after they were forced to play the last 88 seconds of the match against Melbourne with 12 players.

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