Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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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Great expectations as McCabe's star continues to rise

Pat McCabe of the Wallabies.

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.


Deans delighted to let McCabe take centre stage

Pat McCabe

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.

Early kick-off makes for a memorable return to rugby heartland

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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.

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Barnes seizes his chance to make case

Berrick Barnes

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.


Welsh tactics on Pocock go unpoliced, says Deans

David Pocock

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...

Wallabies write another chapter of Welsh woe


Greg Growden You almost expected Alfred Hitchcock to appear out of the mist from the Wallabies' dressing room last night and utter: ''Good evening.''

Tough times to continue at Tahs

Greg Growden.

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.

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More tensions for Tahs as Foley faces review, team boss exits

NSW Waratahs at training today,action during training prior to their next game.Photography Brendan Espositosmh,4th may,2012

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.


Wallabies aiming to seize the day as they go back to their roots

Former Wallaby captain and scrumhalf George Gregan, center, laughs with current captain, David Pocock and current scrumhalf Will Genia, right, a photo opportunity during their captain's run at the Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney, Friday, June 22, 2012. Wales and Australia will play a test Saturday. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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...

Tourists at pains to contain Kurtley

Kurtley Beale

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.

Foley's Tahs fate hangs as Force weigh options

Greg Growden.

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.

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Davies hoping his tarantula mate will fire up Red Dragons

Adam Jones

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...


Off-field woes no distraction to Beale

Kurtley Beale

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...

Timani tastes life at Sharpe end

Nathan Sharpe

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.

Nathan Sharpe available for Rugby Championship


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...

Oh, baby! Wallabies, Barnes will long remember June 16

Greg Growden.

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.

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Charge will not prevent Aussie call for Beale

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...


Deans keen for Wallabies to clean sweep Wales

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...

Self-belief and fitness lift revitalised line-up for the final surge when it matters most

 Digby Ioane

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.