Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah out of State of Origin opener

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah is poised to miss the State of Origin series opener on May 28 after being ruled out for up to six weeks with an elbow injury.

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Robbie Farah hopeful injury won't force him to miss State of Origin opener

Robbie Farah

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has indicated to Blues coach Laurie Daley that he will be fit for the State of Origin series opener despite being ruled out for up to six weeks with an elbow injury.

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Robbie Farah says gains worth pain at Auckland Nines

Robbie Farah

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has urged clubs not to be deterred from sending their best players to the Auckland Nines, adamant the positives of the tournament outweigh the injuries suffered...

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NRL stars who factor with 'X' appeal heading into the year's finals

Prolific scorer: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has scored some spectacular tries for the Roosters.

Michael Chammas The league season is into the home stretch. Michael Chammas looks at the players who could be the X-factors for the teams still in contention to win this year's NRL title.

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Wests Tigers' Mitchell Moses justifies the hype with brilliant NRL display

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah said he had been pleading with coach Mick Potter to give rookie Mitchell Moses his first crack at the big time for months before he finally got his chance.

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Mate against mates as Benji Marshall comes up against Wests Tigers

Milestone: Benji Marshall is given a guard of honour by his Wests Tigers teammates after his 200th game for the club last August.

Michael Chammas It is the day no one saw coming: Benji Marshall versus the Wests Tigers.

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Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses happy to hold Wests Tigers' future in their hands

Teen spirit: high school mates Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses are the future of the Wests Tigers.

Michael Chammas Just like Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall were for the best part of the last decade, teenagers Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks will be the face of the Wests Tigers for the next decade.

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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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Blues players plan to mark Origin success with tattoos

In the Ink: a design of what the NSW Blues' tattoos could look like.

Michael Chammas It's a tradition usually reserved for premiership glory, but several members of the NSW Blues will mark their drought-breaking Origin triumph with a tattoo to symbolise the significance of the series...

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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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Stingy Blues close in on State of Origin defensive record

No try: Jarryd Hayne stops Sam Thaiday from scoring.

Michael Chammas They have broken Queensland's eight-year dominance, now NSW are on the verge of becoming the greatest defensive team in State of Origin history.

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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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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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State of Origin: Josh Reynolds' NSW Blues diary

Reynolds gets strapped up before training.

Michael Chammas Josh Reynolds' State of Origin diary of his week in Origin camp.

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Courageous Sezer in doubt for City after playing with injury

Adian Sezer

Michael Chammas Gold Coast Titans five-eighth Aidan Sezer is in doubt for next Sunday's City-Country clash in Dubbo after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's win against the Tigers.

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Gold Coast Titans give Wests Tigers a taste of their own medicine

Tangled up in blue: Titans players tackle Sitaleki Akauola at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

Michael Chammas At the same ground and in almost identical conditions, the Gold Coast Titans did to the Wests Tigers what the Tigers did to Manly just three weeks ago.

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Wests Tigers not the finished article, admits coach Mick Potter

Ambush: Greg Bird celebrates a try in the Titans' shock win against Wests Tigers.

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter conceded his side didn't look like a top-of-the-table team in Sunday’s 22-6 loss to the Gold Coast Titans at Leichhardt Oval.

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Ryan Hoffman edges closer to cap record in City-Country clash for State of Origin

On track for record: Melbourne's veteran City rep Ryan Hoffman.

Michael Chammas Ryan Hoffman will join City coach Brad Fittler and Blues coach Laurie Daley on one game shy of equalling the record for the most number of appearances in the annual City-Country clash on Sunday.

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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.