Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Benn Robinson on rival Hurricanes prop Ben Franks: "His game is right on point"

Rupert Guinness In a career that has included a record 141 games for the Waratahs since 2006 and 72 Tests with the Wallabies, Robinson has come up against Ben Franks many a time.

Will Skelton: NSW Waratahs may have taken Stormers 'for granted a bit'

Trying to make a break: Waratahs foward Will Skelton is tackled by Stormers pair Nizaam Carr and Steven Kitshoff.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs lock Will Skelton admits his lack of go-forward with ball-in-hand in their loss to the Stormers last Saturday night was an "attitude thing" and conceded the Super Rugby champions may have...

Halfback Nick Phipps says Waratahs will stick to their 'have a go' mentality

Shock loss: Nick Phipps looks dejected after the Waratahs' defeat to the Stormers.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps refuses to play down the importance of the Super Rugby champions' away game against the unbeaten Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday night.

ARU boss Bill Pulver on sabbaticals: "We ha™ve got to balance carefully ... player burnout"

Rupert Guinness The Australian Rugby Union is confident its new policy allowing select players to take overseas sabbaticals will help retain talent in the long term, but they are also concerned it could see some...

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika calls for weekly reviews so "œwe can track form"

Rupert Guinness All Wallabies squad members have been asked by coach Michael Cheika to submit weekly individual performance reviews on their remaining Super Rugby games.

NSW Waratahs face a non-stop journey to Super Rugby finals

Hard yards: Stephen Hoiles says the pressure will be on the trainers.

Rupert Guinness It is probably a good thing for the Waratahs if their playing ranks are "brain washed to try and think week-to-week".

Lacklustre affair only highlights the value of passion

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Rupert Guinness What a difference a week makes ... even if the Waratahs again walked away winners against the Blues at home in Sydney on Saturday night.

Galloping Greens recover from late game stumble to beat Pirates

Glory days: Eastwood last lifted the Shute Shield in 2011 but are hoping to go one better than their runners-up finish last year.

Rupert Guinness Despite errors creeping into their game, Randwick claimed their first Shute Shield win.

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John Eales: Leadership calls for taking a stand ... captain or not

John Eales with the World Cup after defeating France in the final.

Rupert Guinness and Georgina Robinson It was a stand-out moment in the Wallabies captaincy of John Eales when, with 25 minutes left in the 1999 World Cup final against France at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, he approached the referee...

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Small-minded people pose only risk of Wallabies rift in wake of Waratahs v Brumbies homophobic slur controversy, says Bob Dwyer

Standing up: David Pocock of the Brumbies.

Rupert Guinness Any risk of a rift between the Waratahs and Brumbies in the Wallabies squad after fiery derby should be contained by wise heads, says former coach.

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Tom Carter says even without Shute Shield title everyone loves to beat Sydney University

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Rupert Guinness Sydney University centre Tom Carter won't go as far as to say the club "are the underdogs" of the Shute Shield competition this year.

NSW Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu didn't realise he got a standing ovation after yellow card

Promising performance: Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu.

Rupert Guinness It is rare that you see a yellow carded player get a standing ovation from their home crowd when they leave the field as Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu did last Sunday.

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NSW Waratahs forward Jacques Potgieter fined $20,000 for homophobic slurs against ACT Brumbies

Fined for homophobic slurs: Waratahs forward Jacques Potgieter.

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs' marquee international, Jacques Potgieter, has been fined $20,000 – with $10,000 suspended – for using homophobic slurs during his side's Super Rugby derby against the...

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Israel Folau relishing roving role at NSW Waratahs

Ruck rover: Israel Folau at Waratahs headquarters on Monday.

Rupert Guinness Israel Folau's impact for the Waratahs against the Brumbies on Sunday told enough about how he relishes his roving role of playing outside centre in attack and at fullback in defence.

Israel Folau says homophobia is not an issue at Waratahs – or in rugby

Israel Folau has defended the culture of the Waratahs.

Rupert Guinness Star Waratah back Israel Folau has defended his side against the suggestion that there are homophobic views within the camp of the Super Rugby champions or even the game of rugby itself.

Homophobic slur claims add yet more bad blood to an already bitter rivalry between the Waratahs and Brumbies

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Rupert Guinness Bad blood has long existed between the Waratahs and Brumbies. Now it will boil like volcanic lava in the aftermath of Sunday's brutal but bitter derby.

Highlanders conquer in Shute Shield opener against Easts

Rupert Guinness The Gordon Highlanders came to Woollahra Oval and conquered Eastern Suburbs in their Shute Shield opener to clinch an away win they can owe to their strength at the breakdown.

Jacques Potgieter switch to Randwick could tighten Australian ties

Already in green: Jacques Potgieter has joined Randwick.

Rupert Guinness South African Jacques Potgieter didn't waste time leaving an impact on the Waratahs in his first season for them last year when they won their first Super Rugby title.

Winning on and off the field on Sunday is a must for Waratahs

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Rupert Guinness There is no discounting the pressure on Waratahs coach Michael Cheika and his players in their Super Rugby derby against the conference-leading Brumbies on Sunday afternoon.

ARU ignites push to re-schedule in-bound Tests

ARU boss Bill Pulver.

Rupert Guinness Australian rugby has revived a push for the in-bound Test series in the non-World Cup years to allow Super Rugby to run without a break.