Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Wallabies forwards get rev-up from White

Jake White

Greg Growden SPRINGBOKS World Cup-winning coach Jake White has called on the Wallabies forwards to dramatically lift their standards against South Africa tomorrow night, otherwise they will suffer their third...

Wallabies' fragile confidence shot full of holes out in the wild west

Faingaa

Greg Growden AFTER the despair of Sydney, Auckland and another doomed Bledisloe Cup campaign, the Wallabies headed to the other side of the country in search of pain relief. No such luck.

Rugby Union

Sweet and sour for Wallabies

Three against one: Springbok Morne Steyn is tackled by Berrick Barnes (left), Adam Ashley-Cooper and Michael Hooper.

Greg Growden Relief at last for the Wallabies as they hold on to beat the Springboks at Subiaco.

Little love lost between old foes as Deans takes clear swipe at Henry

Graham Henry

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has had a clever dig at his old All Blacks foe Graham Henry while promoting next year's British and Irish Lions tour.

No guts, no glory: Wallabies pass important test of character

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Greg Growden After almost smashing his walkie-talkie against his forehead during the match, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer finally calmed down, and explained what it is all about.

West not best for Wallabies

Greg Growden The decision to stage Wallabies Tests against NRL and AFL finals matches has hit a snag. While the idea in essence has merit, it becomes a fizzer when the Wallabies are struggling, and those in...

Union

Exciting Pumas hard to predict

Australian Wallabies sponsorship.

Greg Growden Australian Rugby Union officials get strange requests from touring teams, but few as odd as the one a few nights ago.

Fightback saves Deans for now, but great escape isn't over yet

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden It wasn't quite the momentous speech that Michael Lynagh made to his Wallabies teammates behind the Lansdowne Road goalposts in 1991 that led to the match-winning try against Ireland in the 1991...

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Poor record in Pretoria motivates Wallabies

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: The Wallabies don't like dredging up their past, which is understandable as it involves numerous black holes.

Rugby

Beale gets recall as Cooper fires up

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: Kurtley Beale is psyching himself up for his first starting appearance in the Wallabies No.

Rugby

Wounded and weary Wallabies relying on pride to earn result

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Kurtley Beale of the Australian Wallabies is tackled during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at Skilled Park on September 15, 2012 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wherever they have gone in Argentina this week, there has been no reprieve for the Wallabies.

Rugby Union

Wallabies told: No bull, it will be rough

Wallaby captain Nathan Sharpe wants speed to the breakdown.

Greg Growden Wallabies warned they are about to be involved in confronting and demanding Test match.

Rugby

Beale aims for a perfect 10 to cement Wallabies five-eighth spot

Australia's Kurtley Beale, right, makes a catch as South Africa's captain Jean de Villiers, left, defends during their Rugby Championship at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.  (AP Photo / Themba Hadebe)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Kurtley Beale may only be the latest Test stop-gap measure at five-eighth until James O'Connor returns to the Wallabies, but the Rebels utility wants to make the pivotal spot his own.

Something's brewing: time for this well-fed scribe to bid adios

Greg Growden.

Greg Growden It all began 30 years ago. Australia v Scotland. Sydney Cricket Ground. After babbling my first Test match report for The Sun-Herald country edition to a similarly confused copytaker back in the old...

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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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Wounded Waratahs send for wing

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21:  Kurtley Beale of the Rebels takes a high ball during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Rebels at Allianz Stadium on April 21, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs have been forced to look outside their 30-man squad to fill their depleted back line, with Sydney University's Peter Betham in line for a wing spot against the Crusaders in Sydney on...

Ruck & Maul

It's not just on the field that big boys bang heads

Greg Growden.

Greg Growden Australian rugby relationships are frayed right across the country. The Reds and Force are far from pally over Will Genia's backflip.

Sunday Maul

Wallabies side will need Reds faces

Greg Growden Due to a short preparation, the Wallabies selectors have no option but to select several players from left field for the season's opening Test against Scotland in Newcastle on June 5.

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Rugby

Deans keeps keen eye on O'Connor, Cooper

James O'Connor.

Greg Growden THE Wallabies selectors will know within a week whether James O'Connor and Quade Cooper will be available for next month's Test matches against Scotland and Wales.

Rugby

Paris adieu means chase on for Cheika

Michael Cheika

Greg Growden MICHAEL CHEIKA is in high demand as three Australian provinces, including the Waratahs, and numerous overseas clubs are certain to approach him following yesterday's news that he will not continue as...