Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Andrew Fifita injury adds to NSW Blues' Origin headaches

Michael Chammas What began as a dream come true for the Fifita family ended in a nightmare for NSW coach Laurie Daley.

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Jarryd Hayne ultimately may top Billy Slater and Greg Inglis

On the rise: Jarryd Hayne is at his best at fullback.

Michael Chammas As the push for Greg Inglis to replace Billy Slater as the Queensland and Australian No.1 gathers momentum, Eels superstar Jarryd Hayne is mounting a case of his own that ultimately could see him...

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League

Auckland Nines: Countdown on in earnest for exciting new concept

Shaun Johnson

Michael Chammas The inaugural NRL Auckland Nines tournament kicks off at Eden Park on February 15-16. We look behind the scenes at how the concept evolved and the tricky logistics of gathering 16 teams across the...

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Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Burgess: Unfinished business

Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Sam Burgess

Michael Chammas In 30 weeks' time, rugby league will say goodbye to two players who could well be remembered for what might have been, rather than what they actually achieved.

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Roosters coach Trent Robinson desperate to avoid one-hit-wonder tag

Trent Robinson

Michael Chammas He's achieved almost everything an NRL coach can do in his first year, but the desire to emulate the likes of Wayne Bennett and Tim Sheens and become a career-coach is what is driving Trent Robinson.

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NRL: Utility panel

Michael Chammas Kurt Gidley (Newcastle)

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NRL's new rules close gap between top and bottom sides

Form team: The rules revamp suits more mobile packs such as the Tigers.

Michael Chammas Generally speaking, leading coaches say a faster game is a better game.

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Coach Mick Potter refuses to believe Wests Tigers hype

Potter weaves his spell: Tigers coach Mick Potter.

Michael Chammas The've toppled the grand finalists, the premiership favourites and the competition leaders, but Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter is refusing to get caught up in the hype.

League

Anthony Watmough has unfinished business as rep swansong looms

Anthony Watmough

Michael Chammas Manly back-rower Anthony Watmough is considering retiring from representative football, but not until he ticks off the final two achievements on his list.

Surgery for neck lump denies Lewis Shark start

Luke Lewis

Brad Walter and Michael Chammas LESS than a week after signing with the Sharks, Luke Lewis will have surgery this week to remove a lump in his neck and miss the clash with his new club.

Indispensables must feature in finals tally

Billy Slater

Michael Chammas THESE are the players their teams just can't do without on the road to the play-offs. Billy Slater, Keith Galloway, Paul Gallen, Justin Hodges, Beau Scott, Glenn Stewart and Konrad Hurrell hold the...

League

Koroibete's stunning effort wakes Tigers from their winter slumber

Marika Koroibete

Michael Chammas WESTS TIGERS defended like a Toyota Cup team but their attack ensured they are again a top-eight team after a 51-26 win against a spirited Parramatta.

Bolt from the blue: Fijian flash's four a club record

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas He could have been in London alongside Usain Bolt at the Olympics, but on the other side of the world in Campbelltown, Marika Koroibete was still creating headlines.

Benji still the benchmark, but brilliant Barba is razor sharp

Benji Marshall

Michael Chammas Welcome to the freak show. Benji Marshall versus Ben Barba in a battle between the competition's premier entertainers.

Sheens holds fire but Hasler has no sympathy

Tigers coach Tim Sheens

Michael Chammas TIGERS coach Tim Sheens felt ''hard done by'' last night after his side found themselves on the wrong end of a number of dubious refereeing in their one-point loss to the Bulldogs.

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.

Toothless Tigers' finals hopes fade after Roosters run riot

Wests Tigers v Roosters

Michael Chammas What happened to the football team that pushed the competition frontrunners deep into golden-point extra-time 10 days ago?

League

No doubt as rule scrapped

Jorge Taufua

Michael Chammas, Brett Keeble ON-FIELD referees will be required to make a decision on a try-scoring situation before referring it to the video referee in one of several significant changes made by the ARL Commission for next...

League

Rejuvenated Farah looks beyond last year's trials

Robbie Farah

Michael Chammas AFTER the emotion-charged year Robbie Farah had endured, it's hardly a surprise to hear he was glad when it came to an end.

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Axed Sheens covets Cup glory - and NRL return

Tim Sheens

Michael Chammas IF IT was up to him, Tim Sheens would coach until he dies.