Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Super sneaky deal gives team space to get around salary cap

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Greg Growden An Australian Super Rugby province has come up with a sneaky way of getting around salary cap restrictions.

Sunday Maul

Brumbies set to snare Pocock

Greg Growden There is very strong mail coming from the west that Force skipper David Pocock will sign with the Brumbies.

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Mystery solved with Anesi's unveiling

Waratahs Rugby Training in Moore Park.Sosene AnesiSMH SPORT PIC BY LEE BESFORD. Tuesday April 2nd 2011.

Greg Growden STARTLED Parramatta officials had to look twice when All Blacks Test winger Sosene Anesi arrived unannounced at their club training on Tuesday night looking for a game.

The fine print that puts the Reds well and truly in the frame

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Greg Growden THE doomsayers are predicting the Reds have no chance of making the finals. That's because they haven't read the fine print. The Reds, on the other hand, remain buoyant for several good reasons.

Rugby

Passing comment sparks more unrest

Hard to fix ... Comments on the Warathas halfback Sarel Pretorius' passing skills cause unrest within the club.

Greg Growden At a time when the Waratahs are desperately trying to improve team morale, critical comments about their star import Sarel Pretorius have inflamed the situation.

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Mitchell hopes Reds' desperation plays into Tahs hands

Drew Mitchell

Greg Growden WARATAHS winger Drew Mitchell believes the Reds' pursuit of a large bonus-point win to keep their Super Rugby finals hopes alive could work in NSW's favour in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Rugby union

Much more than pride on the line

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Greg Growden Waratahs-Reds encounters - the longest rivalry in Australian rugby - revolve around personal pride.

On the lookout for a winning team that likes to play entertaining rugby ... in other words, not the Tahs

Greg Growden Want to be a part of a razzamatazz sporting organisation? Like to pal around with larger than life ''Look like Tarzan, play like Jane'' footy players? Want to big-note yourself by saying you actually...

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Rugby union

Brumbies' win leaves Reds on ropes

Brumbies

Greg Growden THE Brumbies can start preparing for the finals, while the Queensland Reds will have to rely on thrashing the Waratahs in Brisbane on Saturday night to have any chance of defending their title.

Lame Tahs hit rock bottom

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Dave Dennis of the Waratahs is tackled by Nick White of the Brumbies during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium on July 7, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Greg Growden The Waratahs are now so clueless, so dishevelled they wouldn't even be able to beat an egg.

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Sunday Maul

Court to decide Wallaby line-up

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Greg Growden The Wallabies are not expecting to have James O'Connor for most of the Rugby Championship but are anticipating Kurtley Beale to be part of it.

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Ruck & Maul

Fantasy land: Official line can't disguise Foley's follies

Greg Growden THE latest buzz word in Waratahland is ''fantastic''. They are near the bottom of the Super Rugby ladder and have lost their past six matches.

Big deal for Pocock as Rebels try again

Pocock

Greg Growden The Rebels are back in the running for Wallabies star David Pocock. Our ever reliable Melbourne snouts have told R&;M the Rebels are about to throw a ''massive offer'' at Pocock in the hope he can...

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Desperate times demand half-Harted measures

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Greg Growden The Waratahs' halfback position has turned into such a problem area it could see their marquee signing Sarel Pretorius heading to another province next season.

Tahs to reshuffle back line

Lachie Turner

Greg Growden THE Waratahs will start Lachie Turner on the wing, play Bernard Foley at No.10 and move Adam Ashley-Cooper to fullback as part of a dramatic back-line reshuffle for Saturday night's match against the...

Rugby

O'Connor plays fast and loose - and creates perfect TV

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Greg Growden Don't you just love those half-time interviews when TV types confront delirious players, whose eyes are still rolling in the back of their heads, and ask their thoughts on what had just happened?

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Sunday Maul

Foley breathes big sigh of relief

Greg Growden As the Western Force continue pursuing Michael Cheika to be their head coach next season, at least Michael Foley can feel relieved Cheika would only go for his job at the Waratahs if there was a...

Rugby

Foley likely to survive horror season and get second chance

Michael Foley

Greg Growden MICHAEL FOLEY'S hopes of holding on to the Waratahs coaching position next season were looking far brighter last night.

Rugby

Force want Cheika, not Tahs exiles

Michael Cheika

Greg Growden A SECRET plan involving several Waratahs coaches and team officials moving to Perth next season could be thwarted by Michael Cheika's anticipated appointment as Western Force head coach next year.

Duo cashed-up and in hunt for Waratahs

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Greg Growden Some Waratahs officials go on about how there is no interest in third-party deals with their team, and that private equity is not the flavour of the month.

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