Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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

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

Souths v Cowboys

Michael Chammas SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS at ANZ Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm

Cowboys v Tigers

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

League

NSW Blues confident they can succeed despite inevitable changing of the guard

In the twilight: NSW skipper Paul Gallen is a veteran these days but is unsure of his representative future.

Michael Chammas Paul Gallen has no intention to retire from representative football, but regardless of whether the skipper straps on the boots for another campaign or not, he will leave a legacy that will live on...

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Stingy Blues close in on State of Origin defensive record

No try: Jarryd Hayne stops Sam Thaiday from scoring.

Michael Chammas They have broken Queensland's eight-year dominance, now NSW are on the verge of becoming the greatest defensive team in State of Origin history.

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Cast of characters in Origin plan for a blue dynasty

Lauire Daley

Michael Chammas Now that NSW have ended Queensland's eight-year stranglehold on the State of Origin series, where to from here? Laurie Daley selected a side that was capable of stopping the rot, but now that they've...

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Blues players plan to mark Origin success with tattoos

In the Ink: a design of what the NSW Blues' tattoos could look like.

Michael Chammas It's a tradition usually reserved for premiership glory, but several members of the NSW Blues will mark their drought-breaking Origin triumph with a tattoo to symbolise the significance of the series...

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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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Jarryd Hayne's return lifts Parramatta Eels to victory over NQ Cowboys

In the corner: Ken Sio slides over to score for the Eels.

Michael Chammas What a difference a week and one player made for Parramatta on Friday night, maintaining their unbeaten record at Pirtek Stadium this season with an 18-16 win over North Queensland.

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State of Origin: Blues make three changes

Dugan

Michael Chammas NSW will bank on an untried centre-wing combination after Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate were named to make their returns for the Blues.

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North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels

Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

North Queensland Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos

Michael Chammas NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS v BRISBANE BRONCOS at 1300SMILES Stadium, 7.40pm.

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NSW coach Laurie Daley expected to keep changes to a minimum for Origin

Michael Chammas NSW coach Laurie Daley is set to make the least number of changes to start an Origin series since the start of Queensland's record breaking run in 2006.

Cowboys v Knights

Michael Chammas Michael Chammas writes: There'll be a lot of emotion around this game for Newcastle, as there will be for the rest of the season without Alex McKinnon.

League

Wests Tigers' Aaron Woods puts hand up for Test duty after terrorising display

Barnstorming: Aaron Woods celebrates his try against Manly.

Michael Chammas He’s the smiling assassin from Leichhardt who pushed his Test claims with a barnstorming effort against one of the most brutal teams in the competition on Sunday afternoon.

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Cronulla's Andrew Fifita complains of rugby league going 'soft'

Anyone for touch? Andrew Fifita says Greg Bird was hard done by.

Michael Chammas Andrew Fifita has set his sights on returning from an ankle injury in time for Origin II but criticised the game for going "soft" over the dangerous throw charge set to keep rub Greg Bird from out of...

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Sam Burgess happy for sibling George to take the NRL limelight

George of the jungle: George Burgess wraps up Raider Josh Dugan.

Michael Chammas Rabbitohs hardman Sam Burgess is cool with his younger brother George challenging him for title as the best of the boys.

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Raiders v Cowboys

Michael Chammas CANBERRA RAIDERS v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS at GIO Stadium, Sunday 3pm

NSW Origin team: Laurie Daley makes seven changes

Elusive: NSW BLues coach Laurie Daley.

Michael Chammas The NSW Blues have unveiled a new halves combination for the opening game of the State of Origin series with Bulldogs duo Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds replacing Roosters pair Mitchell Pearce and...

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North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm

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