Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

League

Penrith sign giant PNG youngster with size 15 feet

Michael Chammas First it was a panther, now there are reports of a bigfoot sighting at the foot of the mountains.

Kingston ready to fight for the jersey

Michael Chammas Penrith hooker Kevin Kingston is resigned to losing his captaincy and the No.9 jersey at the Panthers next season.

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League

Points of impact: when George Burgess runs, tries follow

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Michael Chammas It's the statistic that will have opposition teams on red alert when George Burgess carries the ball in the finals series.

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League

John bounces back to haunt Warriors

Isaac John

Michael Chammas It's ironic that Isaac John appears to have resurrected his NRL career at the same ground that almost ended it.

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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State of Origin

Grant desperate to step into breach for Blues

Tim Grant

Michael Chammas Penrith prop Tim Grant has declared he'll be fit for Origin II after Blues coach Laurie Daley listed the injured forward as one of four candidates to replace the suspended James Tamou.

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Sides full of stars suffer post-Origin hangovers

Billy Slater

Michael Chammas THE Melbourne Storm will tonight be out to overcome their State of Origin hangover and end the worst losing streak in Craig Bellamy's coaching career.

Finishing first not the be-all and end-all, says Reynolds

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Michael Chammas, Glenn Jackson Having squandered their chance to wrap up the minor premiership, Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds insists his side has placed no importance on finishing the regular season in first spot.

Petero calls for Dogs to mess up Storm's style

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas The Finals Countdown: Taking a look at the key facts and figures in the lead-up to this weekend's grand final showdown.

Gordon leads pack ready for impact

Michael Gordon

Michael Chammas They aren't among the NRL's top 20, but these 10 players are poised for breakthrough seasons this year, writes Michael Chammas.

League

Young and hungry: fresh faces with the talent to burn

 Most promising player for 2013 ... David Klemmer.

Michael Chammas Last year it was Adam Reynolds, Konrad Hurrell and Josh Jackson who headlined a long list of rookies to take the NRL by storm.

Rugby League

NRL 2013: the main men

Key man: Storm captain Cameron Smith.

Daniel Lane and Michael Chammas With the season kicking off on Thursday, we look at each team's key player.

Stars' state of weariness to dull clash of top clubs

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23:  Justin Hodges of the Maroons looks on during game one of the ARL State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Etihad Stadium on May 23, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas THE toll of the mid-week Origin game has taken some of the gloss off tonight's top-of-the-table showdown between Melbourne and Brisbane at AAMI Park.

Rabbitohs hold fire to allow Origin stars to bounce back into place

Inglis

Michael Chammas SOUTH SYDNEY will give Greg Inglis and David Taylor until kick-off tonight to overcome any niggles they may have suffered in Wednesday night's State of Origin match.

Dugan no longer No.1 following booze ban

Josh Dugan

Jon Tuxworth, Michael Chammas INJURED Canberra five-eighth Terry Campese insists Josh Dugan can't be expected to single-handedly save their season after his switch from fullback to the No.

League

Grant caught napping as Stuart makes dream call

PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Tim Grant of the Panthers is tackled during 
the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs 
at Centrebet Stadium on March 3, 2012 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark 
Kolbe/Getty Images) 


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By Michael Chammas, Brad Walter So far was Origin from his mind that Tim Grant slept through Ricky Stuart's phone call yesterday afternoon.

Origin nod: Grant snoozes through call but dream is for real

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Michael Chammas, Brad Walter SO FAR was Origin from his mind that Tim Grant slept through Ricky Stuart's phone call yesterday afternoon.

Civoniceva tells teammates: I won't let you down

Petero Civoniceva

Michael Chammas Even after 299 NRL games, 45 Tests and 32 State or Origin appearances, Petero Civoniceva's worst fear is disappointing his teammates.

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.

Blues are oozing big-match experience

NSW team

Michael Chammas BETWEEN them, they have played in 89 Tests, 119 Origin games and 19 grand finals and collected 13 premiership rings.