Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Ewen McKenzie a veteran of travel trouble

Rupert Guinness The delayed arrival of Wallabies' baggage in Argentina from South Africa on Sunday night would not have worried Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie too much.

Wallabies wannabes Quade Cooper and Will Genia to reunite in bid for Test recalls

Will Genia

Rupert Guinness The pieces are falling in to place for Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie to judge for himself the prospect of selecting a reunited Will Genia and Quade Cooper halves combination for their final Test...

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Australian rugby winger Blair Connor keeps alive hope of playing in the French national colours

At home in France: Blair Connor in the Bordeaux colours.

Rupert Guinness Australian winger Blair Connor will still pursue the possibility of playing Test rugby for France where has lived four years, despite a tightening of the IRB's eligibility laws making it highly...

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Ewen McKenzie reveals why slow learner Robinson omitted

Perplexing: returning prop Benn Robinson's Wallabies omission  shocked many.

Rupert Guinness For months Wallabies observers scratched their heads over why loosehead prop Benn Robinson had missed out on selection, until his recall to the squad that on Monday leaves on a two-Test tour to South...

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Michael Hooper will long remember encounter with Schalk Burger, says Phil Waugh

Tough competitor: South African enforcer Schalk Burger is an opponent not easily forgotten, says Phil Waugh.

Rupert Guinness If Schalk Burger plays for the Springboks against the Wallabies on Saturday after being recalled from his club in Japan, Michael Hooper can expect a bruising encounter he will long remember, warns...

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Wallabies captain Michael Hooper defies pressure as confidence in calls grows

Adjusting to the role: Wallabies captain Michael Hooper feels his captaincy skills are improving.

Rupert Guinness Michael Hooper knows there is no short cut to mastering the captaincy role – whether it is with the Wallabies or the Waratahs.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie won't speak of No.2 world ranking chances

No second prize: Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is not getting excited about his side potentially snatching the world No.2 ranking.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is declining to publicly embrace as motivation the lure of a No.2 world ranking that will come by beating the Springboks next Saturday.

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Al Baxter backs Benn Robinson on return to the Wallabies

On the charge: Benn Robinson.

Rupert Guinness The praise for Benn Robinson preceding his return to the Wallabies squad that many observers felt was overdue has been for his experience and scrummaging technique.

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There's more to Wallabies game than running the ball, says halfback Nick Phipps

Rupert Guinness Nick Phipps has warned against observers thinking the Wallabies are one-trick ponies who will not vary their game.

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Wallabies must get set-piece fixed despite injuries, says Stephen Moore

Won and lost: Positive results start at the set piece.

Rupert Guinness For all the talk of the Wallabies needing to play running rugby, the spate of injuries in the hooking position that is poised to see the ninth ranked rake in the country called up again for their...

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Taqele Naiyaravoro leads Rams' demolition of Stars

Taqele Naiyaravoro made an eye-catching Shute Shield debut for Parramatta.

Rupert Guinness Taqele Naiyaravoro's is a name that will be spoken of regularly if his game for the Greater Sydney Rams in their 47-18 victory over the Sydney Stars at Pirtek Oval is anything to go by.

More desperation needed to beat All Blacks, says former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones

Wake-up call: Eddie Jones at Coogee Beach.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is back to full health and has some opinions on how Australia can improve.

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Wallabies training week lifts Benn Robinson for NRC clash

Benn Robinson will line up for the Rams on Saturday.

Rupert Guinness Benn Robinson can't wait to catch up with Paddy Ryan after a training week with the Wallabies that left him feeling "like a greenhorn … a young bloke coming in."

Cadeyrn Neville ready to lock in bid for Wallabies spot

Opportunity ... Cadeyrn Neville, right, tackles Nick Phipps during a Wallabies training session.

Rupert Guinness There are those who speak of a lack of depth in the Wallabies second-row stocks. Cadeyrn Neville is not one of them.

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Why Matt Giteau is worth €1millon a year

Mathew Giteau

Rupert Guinness Matt Giteau has long been lost to the Wallabies for next year's World Cup, but the bidding in French rugby for his services speaks volumes about his value as a player.

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Big Kane's void too large to fill, suspects Michael Cheika

Rupert Guinness As Waratahs coach Michael Cheika looks far and wide to complete his Super Rugby roster for next year, he expects the void left by second-rower Kane Douglas will remain unfilled.

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Richie McCaw and Tony Woodcock past their prime: Ross Reynolds

Bledisloe Cup winners:  Richie McCaw, left, and Tony Woodcock, who won the trophy last month.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies No.8 Ross Reynolds has continued the Bledisloe Cup war of words by claiming All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and prop Tony Woodcock are past their prime - less than a fortnight after...

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Player draft for Super Rugby players needs to be part of a complete strategy

Nick Cummins: Lost to Australian Rugby.

Rupert Guinness Pause. Take a deep breath. Think hard and and think of the big picture. That was the thrust behind the response of the national players' association to calls by the Western Force for a draft system...

National Rugby Championship provides chance to shine for fringe Waratahs star Greg Peterson

Building momentum: second-rower Greg Peterson.

Rupert Guinness When second rower Greg Peterson and the Manly Marlins lost their Shute Shield semi-final to Eastwood at home last month, the towering lock was a devastated man.

Confusion over James O'Connor's plans despite Queensland Reds deal

Runaway success; James O'Connor scores a try for Toulon on the weekend.

Rupert Guinness The short term future of James O'Connor and his return to Australia is shored up. But confusion reigns about his long-term plans after the World Cup in Britain next year.