Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

The final verdict

The final verdict: it was good, even great, but not the best ever

Greg Growden The seventh World Cup tournament is over. The new World Cup champion has been crowned. And numerous compelling questions can now be answered.

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Long dark cloud lifts as All Blacks close the door on 24 years of pain

Richie McCaw

Greg Growden The 24-year All Black gloom has lifted.

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Analysis

Plenty of pain for victorious Wallabies

Australia Wallabies' Quade Cooper (C) is assisted from the field after injuring his leg during their Rugby World Cup third place play-off match against Wales at Eden Park in Auckland October 21, 2011.   REUTERS/David Gray (NEW ZEALAND  - Tags: SPORT RUGBY IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)

Greg Growden IT'S the old story. When the Wallabies have their backs to the wall, they produce. But again, it was a bit too late, and it came at a considerable cost.

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Woeful Wallabies kicked out by All Blacks hellbent on raising cup

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Greg Growden AUCKLAND: The All Blacks are a week away from ending a 24-year World Cup drought after they smashed, bashed and completely outplayed the Wallabies in an inspiring semi-final performance at Eden Park...

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France stumble into final after Welsh see red

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Greg Growden An unimpressive France advanced to the World Cup final when they received an enormous leg-up after Wales were forced to play with only 14 men for more than an hour in last night's dramatic but...

Boks beat Wallabies everywhere, except on the scoreboard

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Greg Growden Exceptional defence, utilising all of their limited opportunities and a pressure penalty goal kick by James O'Connor in the 72nd minute enabled the Wallabies to achieve the most courageous of World...

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Mitchell's nightmare injury run continues

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Greg Growden Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell's World Cup campaign appears over after he suffered a debilitating leg injury during a topsy turvy 10-try victory over Russia at Trafalgar Park yesterday.

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Backs to the wall, with Giteau in frame as saviour

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Greg Growden The Wallabies got to enjoy a rejuvenating 11-try scoring feast against the USA last night, but the win came at a cost - with midfielders Pat McCabe, Rob Horne and Anthony Faingaa all suffering...

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Wallabies reeling after shock loss to Ireland

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Greg Growden AUCKLAND: It doesn't get any more embarrassing than this for Australian rugby. The Wallabies were yet again shown to be second-rate by one of the also-rans of world rugby.

Wallabies lay down World Cup marker

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Greg Growden After some early stutters the Wallabies produced an excellent second-half display against Italy stamping the team as real World Cup title contenders.

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Some green, some gold as Deans' men earn pass mark

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Greg Growden AUCKLAND: After some early stumbles, the Wallabies produced their trademark razzle dazzle football at the right time to start their World Cup campaign with an encouraging victory over Italy at North...

Hosts far from their best in first outing

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Greg Growden A stunning World Cup opening ceremony, but nothing more than a solid start for the All Blacks.

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Left-field throw: Matfield in line for Tahs job

Victor Matfield

Greg Growden Victor Matfield joining the Waratahs – not as a player but as a coach from 2012? Don't laugh, because according to our snouts at Waratahland and in South Africa, the renowned Springboks second-rower...

Lions tour the carrot for Nine TV deal

Mike Phillips

Greg Growden The 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia is being used as a lure to convince the Nine Network into becoming both the free-to-air rugby league and rugby union channel.

Donald ducks a flying beer jug as Durban's dregs surface again

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Greg Growden DURBAN was again the venue for disgraceful crowd behaviour when Chiefs five-eighth Stephen Donald was twice pelted with missiles during their dramatic 19-18 win over the Sharks early yesterday.