Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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Josh Reynolds motivated by talk of Johnathan Thurston return

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

League

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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Queensland Maroons beat NSW Blues to score consolation win

Maroons

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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Andrew Fifita says Cowboys had enough time to quash seven-tackle effect

Seventh heaven: Andrew Fifita and Paul Gallen celebrate after winning last year's controversial elimination final.

Michael Chammas North Queensland called it a Sydney conspiracy, but Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita believes the Cowboys would not have cried foul if they had won the semi-final against the Sharks last year.

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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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State of Origin: 'Grub' Josh Reynolds transforms perceptions in NSW Blues

Michael Chammas Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds knew his teammates would fall in love with Trent Hodkinson from the get-go, but admits he wanted to change their perception of him.

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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.

North Queensland Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos

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

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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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The late mail: Remi Casty set for Roosters debut

French forward Remi Casty will make his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters on Friday night.

Michael Chammas French International Remi Casty will make his debut for the Sydney Roosters after an injury-riddled start to his career in Australia.

Raiders v Cowboys

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

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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Josh Dugan move will be watched closely by Laurie Daley

On show: Laurie Daley will be given the chance to examin how Dugan handles defending in the front line.

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor could provide Laurie Daley with some food for thought, mulling over moving Josh Dugan to right centre for Monday night's clash against South Sydney.

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Previews

Parramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys

Michael Chammas Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

League

North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green blames State of Origin hangover

Johnathan Thurston tries to spark an attack on Friday night.

Michael Chammas North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green believes his star players suffered an Origin hangover in Friday night's loss to Parramatta.

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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: 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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North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels

Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.