Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Coach Ivan Cleary sees the light after hanging tough at Penrith Panthers

Michael Chammas To think it is one thing, but for Ivan Cleary to admit that he wondered if he had made the right decision joining the Panthers in 2012, things must have been seriously tough.

Issac Luke feared he may have suffered neck injury in Michael Ennis tackle

Hoping for leniency: Issac Luke.

Michael Chammas South Sydney will argue that Issac Luke feared he could have suffered a serious neck injury when he lashed out at Michael Ennis last Thursday night.

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Sam Thaiday could miss Storm clash as Souths to challenge Issac Luke charge

Could miss Storm clash ... Brisbane's Sam Thaiday

Michael Chammas Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday could miss Friday's crucial clash against Melbourne after he was charged with a grade one dangerous contact charge on St George Illawarra's Will Matthews.

Warriors v Roosters

Michael Chammas NZ WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS at Mt Smart Stadium, Sunday 12.00pm

League

Penrith Panthers rookies echo club’s trio of greats

Young guns: Matt Moylan, Isaah Yeo and Bryce Cartwright are bringing back memories of 2003.

Michael Chammas Is history repeating itself at the foot of the mountains?

League

No player in Origin – but now minor premiership is in Penrith Panthers' reach

On the prowl: the Panthers are well placed to end their 23-year wait for the minor premiership.

Michael Chammas The Panthers will take another step towards ending an 11-year drought in Sydney's west if they put Brisbane away at Penrith on Monday night.

League

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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Tim Grant holds no grudges after release from Panthers

Off to Souths ... Penrith's Tim Grant

Michael Chammas South Sydney-bound Panthers prop Tim Grant insists he would be a "hypocrite" to criticise the Panthers for releasing him given he embraced the change at the club over the past two years.

League

St George Illawarra Dragons v Sydney Roosters

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Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

League

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.

League

NRL seeks please explain from clubs over rep absentees' miracle recoveries

Recovered: Parramatta fullback Jarryd Hayne will be back for his club this weekend.

Michael Chammas NRL clubs will be asked to explain the miraculous recovery of the 29 players ruled out of representative teams last week, only to be named for their clubs on Tuesday night.

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Previews

Sydney Roosters v Wests Tigers

PREVIEWS

Michael Chammas SYDNEY ROOSTERS v WESTS TIGERS at Allianz Stadium, 7.40pm.

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League

Wests Tigers face test of mettle as Roosters take flight

Stepping in: Blake Austin will partner Luke Brooks in the halves.

Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers are flying high in the top four but coach Mick Potter says Friday night's clash against the premiers will be his side's biggest test of the season.

League

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.

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League: Three amigos turn Blues brothers

Blues

Michael Chammas Jarryd Hayne, Trent Hodkinson and Tony Williams have been Blues brothers for a lot longer than the past 24 hours.

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PREVIEWS

Bulldogs v Roosters

Not slowing down: Anthony Minichiello.

Michael Chammas CANTERBURY BULLDOGS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS at ANZ Stadium, Friday 7.45pm

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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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Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders

Michael Chammas SYDNEY ROOSTERS v CANBERRA RAIDERS at Allianz Stadium, Saturday 5.30pm.

League

State of Origin: The words that inspired NSW's success

Phil Gould speaks to his troops after the game one victory in 2004.

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis and Michael Chammas A newspaper column by NSW’s most successful State of Origin coach Phil Gould and some stirring half-time words from star fullback Jarryd Hayne and rookie prop Aaron Woods helped inspire the Blues to...

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Leap of faith puts rebuilt Penrith Panthers on terra firma

Headliner: Big-name recruit Jamie Soward.

Michael Chammas When Warren Wilson took over as CEO of the Panthers, the club was on the brink of insolvency – days away from liquidation.