Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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Paul Gallen toughest of his time, says Ron Massey

Michael Chammas It is no secret that rugby league legend Ron Massey played a part in turning the career of Paul Gallen; what may come as a surprise to some is the impact Massey still has on the NSW captain.

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Cronulla Sharks' desire to avoid wooden spoon will be motivation enough: Paul Gallen

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen tries to fend off the Manly defence.

Michael Chammas The Sharks are out of finals contention but Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen isn't short of motivation, desperate to avoid winning the wooden spoon this season.

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Paul Gallen labels ASADA developments a 'distraction' after loss to Eels

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Michael Chammas Cronulla have made an art form out of overcoming adversity, but skipper Paul Gallen admitted revelations that ASADA were about to issue show-cause letters were a distraction ahead of Monday's loss to...

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NSW captain Paul Gallen fires early salvo in Origin war of words

Fanning the flames: NSW captain Paul Gallen.

Michael Chammas Within a few hours of the NSW team coming together on Tuesday, skipper Paul Gallen fired a shot that is sure to rile a few north of the border, referring to Queenslanders as "two heads".

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Injured NSW captain Paul Gallen gets all clear for State of Origin series opener

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Michael Chammas NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley breathed a huge sigh of relief on Tuesday when Blues and Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen was told he would not need surgery on his injured ankle.

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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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The State of Origin economy: What is the cost of success?

Proud moment: Paul Gallen lifts the State of Origin shield.

Michael Chammas State of Origin is rugby league’s golden goose. But how much does it cost, how much does it bring in, and who benefits?

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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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Greg Inglis' talented nephew gets a taste of State of Origin with NSW Blues

Maroons royalty: Greg Inglis has established himself as one of Queensland's favourite sons.

Michael Chammas Among the hundreds of adoring children receiving autographs from the NSW Blues at a Coffs Harbour coaching clinic on Thursday was Greg Inglis' nine-year-old nephew Robert Inglis.

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Todd Carney pic tweeter no stranger to Josh Dugan

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Michael Chammas Josh Dugan is not surprised the first person to post the Todd Carney lewd photo was the same person he had engaged with in a Twitter war 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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Injuries to key players sour Sharks' season

Big fish: Sharks skipper Paul Gallen (left) and Luke Lewis have missed large chunks of the season because of injury.

Michael Chammas Between Cronulla's six most influential players they've missed a combined total of 43 games this season.

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Manly Sea Eagles obliterate gummy Cronulla Sharks

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Michael Chammas Cronulla's season from hell got worse last night, becoming the first team in NRL history to be held scoreless for three games in the same season.

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Cast of characters in Origin plan for a blue dynasty

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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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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: Blues make three changes

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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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Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys and Warriors seek cure for World Cup hangover

Heavy workload: Johnathan Thurston is one of 12 Cowboys stars backing up from the World Cup.

Michael Chammas It's no surprise those teams suffering from the strongest dose of a World Cup hangover were those heavily represented in last year's end-of-season tournament in the United Kingdom.

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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.

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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.

Injuries and misdemeanours are cruelling Laurie Daley's Origin goal

Doubtful: Greg Bird is on report for a lifting tackle and could miss the Origin opener.

Michael Chammas Spare a thought for Laurie Daley, who has to endure the players he'd earmarked as potential Origin players miss more than 30 games between them this season - and counting.

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