Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Wallabies wannabes Quade Cooper and Will Genia to reunite in bid for Test recalls

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Rupert Guinness The pieces are falling in to place for Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie to judge for himself the prospect of selecting a reunited Will Genia and Quade Cooper halves combination for their final Test...

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Why Matt Giteau is worth €1millon a year

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Rupert Guinness Matt Giteau has long been lost to the Wallabies for next year's World Cup, but the bidding in French rugby for his services speaks volumes about his value as a player.

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More desperation needed to beat All Blacks, says former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones

Wake-up call: Eddie Jones at Coogee Beach.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is back to full health and has some opinions on how Australia can improve.

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Big Kane's void too large to fill, suspects Michael Cheika

Rupert Guinness As Waratahs coach Michael Cheika looks far and wide to complete his Super Rugby roster for next year, he expects the void left by second-rower Kane Douglas will remain unfilled.

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Richie McCaw and Tony Woodcock past their prime: Ross Reynolds

Bledisloe Cup winners:  Richie McCaw, left, and Tony Woodcock, who won the trophy last month.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies No.8 Ross Reynolds has continued the Bledisloe Cup war of words by claiming All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and prop Tony Woodcock are past their prime - less than a fortnight after...

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Wallaby Will Skelton laces up for NRC hit-out before facing Springboks

Different class: Wallabies cult hero Will Skelton will play for Sydney Stars in the NRC on Sunday.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies forward Will Skelton will rub shoulders in a line-up on Sunday that includes players from Test, Shute Shield and sub-districts rugby. And he says he is nervous.

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Confusion over James O'Connor's plans despite Queensland Reds deal

Runaway success; James O'Connor scores a try for Toulon on the weekend.

Rupert Guinness The short term future of James O'Connor and his return to Australia is shored up. But confusion reigns about his long-term plans after the World Cup in Britain next year.

National Rugby Championship provides chance to shine for fringe Waratahs star Greg Peterson

Building momentum: second-rower Greg Peterson.

Rupert Guinness When second rower Greg Peterson and the Manly Marlins lost their Shute Shield semi-final to Eastwood at home last month, the towering lock was a devastated man.

Rob Horne keen to lay All Blacks hosts to rest at Eden Park

Rob Horne.

Rupert Guinness For Rob Horne the memory is not a scar, but it is certainly deep rooted: that being when he first played for the Wallabies in a Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

Bledisloe Cup: A chat with All Blacks mate breaks on-field silence for Wallabies star Nathan Charles

Friend among the enemy: Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles enjoys a friendship with All Blacks great Keven Mealamu.

Rupert Guinness It was brief, but their private on-field chat stood out amidst the relative silence among the Wallabies and All Blacks after their 12-12 draw at ANZ Stadium last Saturday.

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Michael Hooper's Wallabies stand up to sternest test against All Blacks

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Rupert Guinness Wallabies captain Michael Hooper’s faith in his restructured forward pack was never clearer than in the last few minutes of the first half of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the...

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Bledisloe clash: Sam Carter ready to embrace bigger role

Sam Carter.

Rupert Guinness Buoyed by the confidence gained from his short but impressive rise to Test rugby, Wallabies lock Sam Carter is keen to take on a greater ball running role if required in the second Bledisloe Cup...

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Ewen McKenzie hails James Horwill's response as forwards scrap for World Cup spots

Positive response: Former Wallabies captain James Horwill.

Rupert Guinness In three years James Horwill has gone from being feted as the Wallabies captain for the 2011 World Cup to a player dropped from the 23-man squad for the Bledisloe Cup.

Ewen McKenzie defends Michael Hooper over penalty calls

Rupert Guinness The exasperation in the voice of Wallabies captain Michael Hooper was clear after his side drew 12-12 with the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night.

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Ewen McKenzie says Wallabies will perform and entertain against All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup Test

Man on a mission: Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie believes the Wallabies are ready to show how far they have developed as performers and entertainers one year since their first game under him as their coach when they take on the world...

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Pat McCabe back in Wallabies starting side after overcoming horror injury run

Pat McCabe.

Rupert Guinness When Pat McCabe recalls the blow to his neck when playing Super Rugby for the Brumbies against the Force in March, he admits he was scared his career was over.

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Wallabies' new intensity, physicality will not be enough against All Blacks, says Stirling Mortlock

No easy task: Stirling Mortlock says the Wallabies need to play to their best even to have a hope of beating the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness Super Rugby and Test successes this year have imbued the Wallabies with intensity, self-confidence and trust in their physicality.

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Rookies no more: Wallabies Matt Toomua, Nic White 'calm' as match against All Blacks looms

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Rupert Guinness This time last year, Matt Toomua and Nic White were nervously counting down to their Test debut – against the All Blacks.

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Wallabies indifferent to All Blacks' attempt at record consecutive wins

''You don’t need any more motivation than that big Bledisloe Cup

Rupert Guinness All Blacks historians may have a blank page open in anticipation that the world's No.1 ranked team will provide a record 18th consecutive Test win to document when they play the Wallabies at ANZ...

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Ewen McKenzie refuses to bite over Steve Hansen's comments on Kurtley Beale

In the spotlight: Kurtley Beale.

Marc Hinton and Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie has poured cold water on provocative comments from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen questioning his rival's selection of Kurtley Beale at five-eighth for the opening Bledisloe Cup Test.

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