Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

NRL 2014 Preview: New Zealand Warriors

Michael Chammas NRL 2014 Preview

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New Zealand Warriors win Sam Tomkins' prized signature thanks to mum's blessing

Sam Tomkins

Michael Chammas The New Zealand Warriors won the allegiance of England superstar Sam Tomkins by winning the heart of his mother.

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Brisbane Broncos v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

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North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels

Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

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St George Illawarra want NRL to change concussion rules after Dragons forced to play with 12 men

Down for the count: Joel Thompson's injury started a remarkable sequence of events that left the Dragons with just 12 players for the final moments of their loss to Melbourne.

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra have called on the NRL to reassess the concussion guidelines after they were forced to play the last 88 seconds of the match against Melbourne with 12 players.

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Roosters ace Roger Tuivasa-Sheck says Canterbury's Frank Pritchard taught him to relax

Jolly Roger: Tuivasa-Scheck celebrates a try against Parramatta.

Michael Chammas Sydney Roosters flyer Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has credited Kiwi teammate Frank Pritchard for transforming his pre-game routine and easing the pressure he placed on himself.

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Dallin Watene-Zelezniak stars on debut as Panthers beat Raiders

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Michael Chammas The heavens opened up above Sportingbet Stadium on Saturday night, with the torrential rain delivering a superstar in the making.

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Barba better be ready for the Sheck attack

Roosters speedster Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Adrian Proszenko and Michael Chammas They're two of the most exciting fullbacks in the game, even if one of them is winging it.

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NRL 2014: Sweet Sixteen

Josh Reynolds

Michael Chammas In two weeks' time it will be on for young and not-so young again when the competition proper kicks off.

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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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Auckland Nines: North Queensland Cowboys beat Brisbane Broncos to win inaugural trophy

Tariq Sims

Michael Chammas In an all-Queensland final, the Cowboys overcame the Broncos to lay claim to the right as the NRL's first Nines champions and secure the club's first piece of silverware in its 20th year in the...

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Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary says international matches are making the season too long for players

Ivan Cleary

Michael Chammas Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has called for the NRL to reduce the number of end-of-season internationals, adamant the game's top players are being overworked.

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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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Summer league, hybrid game on agenda for NRL

Nines

Michael Chammas The NRL believes the nines concept has the potential to evolve into a six-week summer competition that would rival the Big Bash League and open the doors to a hybrid game.

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Shaun Johnson and Jason Nightingale unhappy at NZRL over World Cup probe

WARRINGTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Shaun Johnson of New Zealand in action during the Rugby League World Cup Group B match between New Zealand and Samoa at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on October 27, 2013 in Warrington, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas Kiwi internationals Shaun Johnson and Jason Nightingale have taken aim at the New Zealand Rugby League for the way it has handled its investigation into the alleged use of sleeping pills and energy...

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Auckland Nines: NRL teams will be learning on the run at inaugural tournament

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 12:  Ben Barba looks to pass during the Brisbane Broncos NRL pre-season training session on February 12, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas Some teams are toying with the idea of playing the Auckland Nines without a fullback in defence, others are contemplating whether one marker will be more effective than two.

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Auckland Nines: Mixed emotions for boys from North Queensland

Fairfax Media writer

Michael Chammas Some NRL players and coaches believe extending the tournament to minimise the number of games per day could reduce the injury toll from the Nines.

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NRL considers grand final shake-up

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Spectators during Auckland NRL Nines at Eden Park on February 16, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Simon Watts/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas The NRL will consider having a two-week build-up to future grand finals in a bid to turn the NRL All Stars match into an event similar to the NFL's Pro Bowl.

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Penrith sign giant PNG youngster with size 15 feet

Wellington Albert

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

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Auckland Nines: Ben Barba may face Bulldogs on opening day

Ben Barba

Michael Chammas Ben Barba could line up against the Bulldogs on the opening day of the NRL Auckland Nines in February after the Broncos were drawn in the same pool as the fullback's former club.