Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald
Greg Growden In just over a year Pat McCabe has experienced the most extraordinary of rises - from a Test blow-in to someone considered a future Wallabies captain.
Greg Growden IN JUST over a year, Pat McCabe has experienced the most extraordinary of rises - from a Test blow-in to someone considered a future Wallabies captain.
Greg Growden Several hours before Test kick-off, Robbie Deans headed to the SCG to talk at a function. A young boy, with his face painted in national colours, was walking towards Deans.
Greg Growden ALTHOUGH relieved to enjoy a rare series whitewash, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is concerned his captain David Pocock is being unfairly targeted off the ball, while the Australian scrum is again on...
Greg Growden A YEAR ago, Berrick Barnes was pondering whether he had a future in the game. Several serious bouts of concussion had put his career on hold. Many expected him to retire.
Greg Growden You almost expected Alfred Hitchcock to appear out of the mist from the Wallabies' dressing room last night and utter: ''Good evening.''
Greg Growden The Waratahs have the bye this week, but the next seven days will be make-or-break for this troubled, under-performing province.
Greg Growden IT IS a long time since a Wallabies Test match in Sydney has been so keenly anticipated. This is not just because the Wallabies have a rare chance to wrap up a clean sweep against the best team in...
Greg Growden THE Waratahs' woes continue, with their long-standing team manager, Chris Webb, deciding to leave the beleaguered province at the end of the Super Rugby season.
Greg Growden Whether the Waratahs make dramatic changes to their coaching staff could be determined by who the Western Force recruit as their head honcho next season.
Greg Growden WALES believe they know the secret to stifling Wallabies halfback Will Genia. Now they must work out how to contain Kurtley Beale in the third Test at Allianz Stadium tomorrow.
Greg Growden WALES second-rower Bradley Davies has tried to lighten the life of a gloomy touring party by running around attempting to scare his teammates with a plastic tarantula he bought at Taronga Zoo this...
Greg Growden NATHAN SHARPE is remaining with the Wallabies until at least October, but the promotion of Sitaleki Timani to the Test starting XV shows the preparations for the future have already begun.
Greg Growden KURTLEY BEALE can concentrate on his on-field performance against Wales on Saturday as Wallabies officials made it abundantly clear yesterday that discussing his latest off-field drama involving an...
Greg Growden Wallabies forward Nathan Sharpe has agreed to extend his career for another two months, enabling the 104-Test veteran to compete in the inaugural Rugby Championship which features former Tri Nations...
Greg Growden SLOWLY but surely the Wallabies are winning the tight ones. As their coach realises, it is only when they do that regularly can they properly push for the No.1 international rugby ranking.
Greg Growden After now twice repelling a fast-finishing Welsh opposition, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said it was imperative to end the series perfectly by excelling once again in Sydney and achieve a 3-0 clean...
Greg Growden EVEN with an assault charge hanging over his head, Kurtley Beale is expected to return to the Wallabies line-up at fullback for the third and final Test against Wales at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
Greg Growden At midday on Saturday, an emotionally drained Berrick Barnes was holding his newborn premature baby at the Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick. Test football was the last thing on his mind.
Greg Growden Even with an assault charge hanging over his head, Kurtley Beale is expected to return to the Wallabies' line-up at fullback for the third and final Test against Wales at Allianz Stadium on Saturday...