Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Paul Gallen ruled ineligible for Origin medal

Ineligible: Blues skipper Paul Gallen.

Michael Chammas The NSWRL have decided to make skipper Paul Gallen ineligible for the Brad Fittler Medal after he was suspended from the game for breaching the anit-doping policy.

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Paul Gallen toughest of his time, says Ron Massey

Leader of men: NSW skipper Paul Gallen is determined to sweep Queensland in this year's series.

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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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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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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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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ASADA timeline: How the events unfolded

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan was stood down pending a review in July 2013.

Michael Chammas How the ASADA investigation has affected the Cronulla Sharks since it was announced in 2013.

Players body says ASADA's requirements are 'inequitable' and 'unreasonable'

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Michael Chammas Rugby League Players Association boss David Garnsey has described ASADA’s requirements for players to try and escape suspension as inequitable and unreasonable.

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Sharks v Raiders

Michael Chammas CRONULLA SHARKS v CANBERRA RAIDERS at Remondis Stadium, Sunday 2.00pm

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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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Warriors v Sharks

Michael Chammas Warriors v Cronulla at Mt Smart Stadium, Sunday 2pm

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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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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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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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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.

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Issac Luke's deputies give Michael Maguire a nice dilemma

Wall: Chris Heighington is wrapped up by Ben Lowe, Tom Burgess and Apisai Koroisau.

Michael Chammas South Sydney are expected to welcome back hooker Issac Luke for next Monday's clash with St George Illawarra, leaving coach Michael Maguire with a dilemma over what to do with his dummy half rotation.

South Sydney Rabbitohs topple hapless Cronulla Sharks

Powerhouse: Tom Burgess carries the ball into traffic.

Michael Chammas With 10 of the biggest names unavailable for Croulla and South Sydney, it was the stars of tomorrow and a soon to be star of yesterday that did the damage for the Rabbitohs in their 18-0 win over...

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