Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald
The final verdict
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.
Greg Growden The 24-year All Black gloom has lifted.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
Greg Growden A stunning World Cup opening ceremony, but nothing more than a solid start for the All Blacks.
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...
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.
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.