Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Kane Douglas says watching Wallabies was hard but still no regrets over Irish move

Happy with his choices: Kane Douglas.

Rupert Guinness Kane Douglas admits that watching the Wallabies clinch a 3-0 series win over France on television last Saturday pulled on the heart strings a little, knowing that he could have played in it had he...

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French say they have done their homework on Wallabies rookie Will Skelton

Rupert Guinness There is no chance of Wallabies rookie Will Skelton slipping under the radar of the French in the third and final Test of the series in Sydney on Saturday afternoon because of his lack of...

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Phil Blake named first National Rugby Championship coach

Rupert Guinness Manly coach Phil Blake is first to be named as a head coach of one of the teams in this year's inaugural National Rugby Championship.

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Manly-Warringah battle for top club spot

Shute Shield

Rupert Guinness As if the rivalry between Warringah and Manly in the Shute Shield is not enough to entertain on any given round, their meeting on Saturday is set to be a titanic clash.

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North Harbour Rays tap into a history cut short for National Rugby Championship

The North Harbour Rays logo.

Rupert Guinness The North Harbour Rays will embark on this year's inaugural National Rugby Championship believing that history is on their side.

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Manly use big pack to steamroll tiring Rats

Shute Shield

Rupert Guinness Manly capitalised on the strength of their massive pack to beat Shute Shield leaders Warringah and take first place on the ladder from them with an emphatic home victory on Saturday.

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Stephen Hoiles still waiting for deal 10 weeks into season

Stephen Hoiles scores against the Hurricanes on the weekend.

Rupert Guinness Stephen Hoiles says he has gone too far in his Super Rugby comeback from a career-threatening Achilles injury to stop playing at the Waratahs this season, despite not having a full-time contract.

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Wrecking ball makes Shute Shield debut for Parramatta Two Blues

Taqele Naiyaravoro made an eye-catching Shute Shield debut for Parramatta.

Rupert Guinness It didn’t take long for Taqele Naiyaravoro to show why is known as the ‘‘wrecking ball’’.

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Taqele Naiyaravoro's form provides hope, but Waratahs need leap of faith too

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs have received strong assurance that the recruitment of Fijian Taqele Naiyaravoro from NRL side Wests Tigers last week should pay off, after he scored two tries for Parramatta in their...

Galloping Greens win in a canter but tougher battle lies ahead in Shute Shield

Rupert Guinness Randwick did not earn any points for glamour and flair in how they beat Parramatta in their Shute Shield away clash on Saturday.

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French coach Philippe Saint Andre no stranger to winning Down Under

Philippe Saint-Andre goes it alone in 1996.

Rupert Guinness French coach Philippe Saint Andre recalls his playing days with amusement, but there will be nothing lighthearted when his French team plays the Wallabies in a three-Test series next month.

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Matt Giteau opens up on his bitter departure from Australian rugby

Matt Giteau

Rupert Guinness When Matt Giteau reflects on his decision to leave Australia after he missed selection in the Wallabies squad for the 2011 World Cup, he admits the episode that centred on his publicised divide with...

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Wallabies must get early physical edge over France, warns Matt Giteau

General: Frederic Michalak.

Rupert Guinness If the Wallabies allow France to gain an early physical upper hand in the first of three Tests, they will do so at their own peril, warns former Test playmaker Matt Giteau.

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Beware the unpredictable French, warns former Wallaby Simon Poidevin

French five-eighth Frederic Michalak spins the ball wide against the Wallabies.

Rupert Guinness The Wallabies should take heed of the French lament for their first-Test thrashing in the build-up to Saturday's second clash, warns former Australian captain Simon Poidevin, wary of how Les Bleus...

Dumped Wallabies halfback Will Genia courted by French clubs: report

Will Genia was a shock omission from the Wallabies team to play France.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies halfback Will Genia is the next Australian representative player on French rugby’s wish list with the Queenslander named as a player of interest for two Top 14 clubs, French rugby...

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Wallabies need to be wary of France scrum, says Bob Dwyer

Danger man: Guilhem Guirado.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer believes that France will be at their "most dangeorus" and Australia at their "most vulnerable" going into Saturday's second Test in Melbourne.

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Warringah Rats set out to show Shute Shield winning streak is no fluke when they face Sydney University

Fairfax Media writer

Rupert Guinness Warringah coach Haig Sare suspects many regard his side's undefeated run in the Shute Shield, which has put them on top of the table after four rounds, as "a fluke."

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Northern Suburbs coach Scott Fava confident of first Shute Shield win

Ex Wallaby Scott Fava, pictured in 2006.

Rupert Guinness Northern Suburbs coach Scott Fava believes his side can clinch their first Shute Shield victory of the season if they can just push through the 60-minute mark of the game, rather than “drop our...

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Warringah denied shot at trophy in Shute Shield clash with Parramatta

Shute Shield

Rupert Guinness Warringah got all revved up early in the week for Saturday’s Shute Shield clash at home against Parramatta, lured by the added goal of winning back the Rob "Noddy" Sawtell perpetual trophy from...

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Coach Geoff Townsend hopes Gordon Highlanders are on a roll

Fairfax Media writer

Rupert Guinness Gordon coach Geoff Townsend hopes his injury-ravaged and inexperienced Highlanders side will show on Saturday that it has found valuable momentum from its first win of the season when taking on...