Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Greg Growden

The years, the men, the nights, the tours, the team ... the end

Greg Growden

Greg Growden After 20-odd years (with the emphasis on odd) of taking the mickey, it's time for the farewell Ruck and Maul column.

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White to Robinson: you don't vote, you work

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Greg Growden Ruck 'n' Maul: Brumbies coach Jake White has reacted to comments by Waratahs skipper Benn Robinson.

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Red faces on a black day

Wallabies

Greg Growden At Eden Park, a capacity crowd - loving every minute of the Wallabies being brutally carved up by the All Blacks butchers - were involved in a red-nose day for charity.

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Rugby Union

Wallabies go for experience

Wallaby warriors: Nathan Sharpe (left) and Radike Samo get playful with Kurtley Beale.

Greg Growden, Sydney Drew Mitchell, Radike Samo and Nathan Sharpe included in 30-man Rugby Championship squad.

Rugby

Wallabies put stock in experience

Radike Samo

Greg Growden THE Wallabies selectors love picking novices, but have shown by including Drew Mitchell, Radike Samo and Nathan Sharpe in the 30-man Rugby Championship squad they haven't forgotten their tribal...

Wallabies planning for SBW's selection

Sonny Bill Williams

Greg Growden DESPITE the uncertainty over whether Sonny Bill Williams will play in the opening Bledisloe Cup match, the Wallabies are preparing for the dynamic All Blacks midfielder to be running onto ANZ Stadium...

Smiling assassin: Deans ready to show no mercy

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden Does it help or hinder you that the Australian provinces finished the Super Rugby season relatively early?

Rugby

Wallabies focus on kick and catch skills to counter Kiwis

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden IMPROVEMENTS in the Wallabies' kicking and catching capabilities, and more clinical work at the breakdown are imperative if Australia are to win the major silverware this year.

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Loe blow: 'Wallabies have no hope'

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Greg Growden FORMER All Blacks prop Richard Loe says the Wallabies will win only one of their six Rugby Championship matches. The New Zealand media reckons Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is on his last legs.

Rugby

Wallabies train tough for rough'n'tumble All Blacks

Greg Growden Wallabies inside centre Anthony Faingaa was nursing a rolled ankle and second-rower Sitaleki Timani sporting a bleeding eye after another brutal training session preparing for the All Blacks.

Rugby Union

Reliable Dennis a solid Cup pick

On the go: Waratah Dave Dennis will be a Wallaby on Saturday.

Greg Growden, Sydney Promoted to starting line-up as blindside flanker due to shoulder injury to Wycliff Palu.

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Future looks gold as ill memories of loss fade

New Zealand

Greg Growden NEW ZEALAND will be wasting their time trying to psych out the Wallabies by reminding them of last year's World Cup semi-final loss, because it has been erased from their memory.

Rugby

World Cup omission drives Dennis to greater heights

Dave Dennis

Greg Growden DAVE DENNIS' agony at missing out on last year's World Cup squad has at last brought reward with selection to play the All Blacks for the first time in Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup opener at ANZ...

Hansen and Deans know how to get under each other's skin

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Greg Growden Much was made of the relationship between Graham Henry and Robbie Deans when they were wrestling each other for Bledisloe and World cups.

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It's time for a win, says Deans

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Wallabies captain David Pocock walks onto the field during the Australian Wallabies captain's run at Allianz Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden The Wallabies are buoyant after repeatedly peaking at the right time during the Wales Test series but know they are still well short of what is required to beat the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium tonight.

Rugby's odd couple reunite

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Greg Growden IT IS almost like the rugby version of the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Danny DeVito movie Twins.

Bledisloe prep has Wallabies battered

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Greg Growden INSIDE-CENTRE Anthony Faingaa was nursing a rolled ankle and second-rower Sitaleki Timani sporting a bleeding eye after another brutal Wallabies training session preparing for the All Blacks.

Mitchell and Barnes earn reward with Cup call-up

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Greg Growden BERRICK BARNES will be rewarded for his excellent series against Wales by holding onto the No.10 Test jersey, Dave Dennis is in line to move into the Wallabies' back row and Drew Mitchell's long wait...

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Rock-solid defence key to blunting the All Blacks

Will Genia

Greg Growden THE Wallabies have struggled to score tries this year but still believe they have the attacking prowess and game breakers to worry the All Blacks in tomorrow night's Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney.

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Confidence high, but belief alone won't beat All Blacks

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Greg Growden THE Wallabies are buoyant after repeatedly peaking at the right time during the Wales Test series, but know they are still well short of what is required to be confident of beating the All Blacks at...