Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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Garth Brennan a favourite for Newcastle Knights job when Wayne Bennett leaves

Michael Chammas As the Knights prepare to begin interviews for the coaching position next week, Garth Brennan, the man Wayne Bennett punted from the club three years ago, firms as a favourite to become his successor.

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Wayne Bennett: 'It is just our season'

Out of reach: the Knights couldn't grasp victory on Monday night.

Michael Chammas Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett summed up Monday night's heartbreaking one point loss to Manly in five words.

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Broncos v Knights

Michael Chammas BRISBANE BRONCOS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS at Suncorp Stadium, Saturday 5.30pm

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary wants 40-20 rule changed now

Opportunity lost: Eels halfback Chris Sandow finds a gap against the Bulldogs.

Michael Chammas Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has urged the NRL to scrap the rules relating to the 40-20 before the start of the next round.

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Eight years in the NRL: How your team fared in the 16-team competition

The Titans have struggled to make a big impact since joining the comp in 2007.

Michael Chammas Since the Gold Coast Titans joined the competition in 2007, most teams have been on a rollercoaster ride in search of success.

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Broncos v Bulldogs

Michael Chammas Brisbane v Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium, Saturday 7.45pm

League

Laurie Daley helped transform Blues long before becoming coach

Committed: Laurie Daley.

Michael Chammas He didn't know it at the time, but during a meeting in 2010, Laurie Daley helped sow the seeds for what would eventually become his finest hour in rugby league.

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The short and drama-filled NRL career of St George Illawarra coach Steve Price

Steve Price.

Michael Chammas The short and drama-filled NRL career of St George Illawarra Dragons coach Steve Price.

Injuries and infection leave Cronulla hamstrung in the halves

Todd Carney

Adrian Proszenko and Michael Chammas Cronulla is facing a halves crisis ahead of its season opener against the Gold Coast after Wade Graham suffered a blood infection.

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Newcastle Knights rise for Alex McKinnon in thumping win over Cronulla Sharks

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Michael Chammas Wayne Bennett admitted he was teary in the pre-game huddle on the field in support of injured Knights forward Alex McKinnon.

Cowboys v Knights

Michael Chammas Michael Chammas writes: There'll be a lot of emotion around this game for Newcastle, as there will be for the rest of the season without Alex McKinnon.

League

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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Steve Price under pressure as Dragons season unravels after promising start

Dragons coach Steve Price watches Benji Marshall take part in a defensive drill last week.

Michael Chammas Steve Price finds himself in all too familiar territory as pressure grows on the Dragons coach before this week's St George Illawarra board meeting.

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Manly Sea Eagles break Newcastle Knights' hearts with last-gasp field goal

Kurt Gidley feels the pain.

Michael Chammas A Daly Cherry-Evans field goal with two seconds remaining has turned Newcastle's horror week into a nightmare as the Knights lost the unloseable at Brookvale Oval on Monday night.

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Talkin' Teams and Ultimate League

Sonny Bill Williams

Michael Chammas and Chris Boulous Join Michael Chammas and Chris Boulos for the NRL team news as it comes as well as plenty of Ultimate League chat.

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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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Widdop's recovery has Storm thinking

Gareth Widdop

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Injured playmakers Brett Finch and Gareth Widdop are locked in a battle to extend their careers with Melbourne until the end of the season, with Storm coach Craig Bellamy unlikely to use both if they...

Five reasons the Knights can win

Knights

Michael Chammas There's no shortage of players who have been there and done it in the past.

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Willie Mason keen to extend Newcastle Knights contract beyond 2014 NRL season

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26: Willie Mason of the Knights looks on after letting in a try during the round 11 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Newcastle Knights at Mt Smart Stadium on May 26, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas Newcastle veteran Willie Mason has indicated he wants to play on beyond the end of his 2014 contract expiration, unless the Knights win the premiership next season.

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Eric Grothe Junior to return to NRL with the Cronulla Sharks

Eric Grothe

Michael Chammas Eric Grothe Junior will make his return to the NRL next year after agreeing to terms with Cronulla for 2014.

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