Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

League

The family that turned James Segeyaro's life around

Michael Chammas After Ifiso Segeyaro was held up at gunpoint during a bank robbery in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s, he realised his country could not provide his family with the life he wanted for them.

Bird in flap as Maroons axe mate Harrison

Greg Bird

Michael Chammas NSW back-rower Greg Bird was reluctant to label Queensland's two team changes as a sign of panic but criticised the Maroons' decision to dump Titans teammate Ashley Harrison.

Origin

Lay off Pearce: Maloney backs his under-fire clubmate

Mitchell Pearce.

Chris Barrett, Michael Chammas SHATTERED NSW five-eighth James Maloney jumped to the defence of his club and state halves partner Mitchell Pearce, saying individuals players could not be blamed for the Blues' heartbreaking defeat...

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Opportunity lost as Blues fail to turn pressure into points

Josh Dugan.

Michael Chammas When Laurie Daley looks back at the tape and wonders where it all went wrong, he can fast forward to the 20-minute period before half-time to find the major reason his Blues fell short.

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League

The alternative top eight

Paul Gallen of the Blues punches Nate Myles

Michael Chammas With the NRL bearing down on the business end of the season, Michael Chammas celebrates a different side of rugby league.

Tamou refuses to buy into Maroons' perceived weaknesses

James Tamou

Michael Chammas Not since 2000 have Queensland played an Origin game without one of Darren Lockyer or Petero Civoniceva, but Blues prop James Tamou dismissed the notion the Maroons would field their weakest team...

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Round 12 line-ups

Talkin' Teams, Tuesday, May 28

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Michael Chammas The latest news from the NRL as clubs name their sides for round 12.

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Loyalty will lead way for unchanged Maroons side

Daley (L) and  Meninga (R)

Michael Chammas NSW coach Laurie Daley expects Queensland to maintain their loyalty policy and stick with the same side for game two.

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Round 14 line-up

Talkin' Teams, Tuesday, June 11

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Michael Chammas The latest news from the NRL as clubs name their sides for round 14.

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Manly sweat on Cherry-Evans as Maroons leave Toovey on a promise

Daly CHerry-Evans

Michael Chammas QUEENSLAND Origin coach Mal Meninga has assured Manly they will have star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans back in time for Sunday afternoon's match against Sydney Roosters.

Ailments are nothing to worry about, says Blues doctor

Brett Stewart.

Michael Chammas NSW medical staff insist there is no cause for concern after Brett Stewart was forced to sit out yesterday's training session in Kogarah with a cold.

Queensland selectors keep faith with Slater to make stunning recovery

Billy Slater

Michael Chammas DESPITE Billy Slater having been ruled out for at least a month with a knee injury, the Maroons haven't given up hope of retaining their fullback for the series decider on July 4.

Legacy building: influence of coaching kings felt well beyond their own clubs

Bennett_Sheens

Michael Chammas THE impact Wayne Bennett and Tim Sheens have had on rugby league has been felt far beyond the 11 premierships they've collected during the past 28 years.

Roosters agree to release Perrett

Sam Perrett

Michael Chammas SAM PERRETT was granted a release from his contract at the Sydney Roosters yesterday and given the all-clear to join the Bulldogs.

Deja vu for axed Merrin as Blues bid to stop history repeating

Trent Merrin

Michael Chammas NSW coach Ricky Stuart has axed Trent Merrin from the Blues team for the series decider for the second consecutive year.

Mitchell rushed into Cowboys squad

Anthony Mitchell of the Roosters

Michael Chammas COWBOYS mid-season signing Anthony Mitchell will join his new teammates on their flight to Auckland today, added to the squad for Sunday's game against the the Warriors.

Slater's selfless ruling gives Maroons No.1 'rookie' Inglis the tap

Slater

Michael Chammas BILLY SLATER described it as one of the toughest decisions of his career to pull out of Wednesday night's series decider with a knee injury.

State of Origin

Controversy-marred series ended as it began

Hodges

Michael Chammas QUEENSLAND farewelled Petero Civoniceva with an incredible seventh straight series victory last night, but another contentious video refereeing decision marred the Maroons' remarkable streak.

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Star quartet will fuel Green Machine's title charge, says Meninga

Michael Chammas CANBERRA legend Mal Meninga believes the Raiders can win the premiership this season - if they keep their star quartet on the paddock.

League

Mal pins Raiders' hopes on quartet

Mal Meninga.

Michael Chammas Canberra legend Mal Meninga believes the Raiders can win the premiership this season if they can keep their star quartet on the paddock.