Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Cheika's No.3 with a bullet on Tahs coach wish-list

Greg Growden It's amazing what bobs up in the Waratahs lost-and-found box. A few days ago, a Waratahs member having a coffee at the Allianz Stadium members' cafe, next door to the Tahs' head offices and a popular...

Big hit in the pocket looms on salary cap scandal

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Greg Growden An Australian province is expected to be slapped with a massive fine shortly as part of the Australian Rugby Union's investigation into a salary cap rort.

Loss will be cruel cut for grassroots

Greg Growden For decades, rugby's grassroots supporters have followed a ritual. They head to a suburban ground, go straight to the canteen, buy a copy of the Rugby News match program, and while waiting for...

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...

Season strife brings call for dash of foreign flair

Greg Growden The call for more overseas players being allowed to join the local Super Rugby ranks has intensified following Australia's poor start to the tournament.

Ruck & Maul

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

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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Sunday Maul

Pocock to get call-up for captain

Greg Growden Wallabies selectors are expected to rest James Horwill for the opening Test against Scotland on June 5, with David Pocock in line to lead the team in Newcastle.

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Sunday Maul

Tip of the cap nudges Pocock

Greg Growden The Brumbies' hopes of snaring Wallabies skipper David Pocock have improved dramatically following the decision that the ARU Super Rugby salary cap will be set at $4.5 million per province next year.

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SUNDAY MAUL

Drama sends wrong message

Greg Growden The latest Wallabies off-field drama involving Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper will do nothing to improve the feeling within a disjointed team trying to get Australian rugby back on track.

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SUNDAY MAUL

Beale charged over pub incident

Greg Growden Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale will face one count of common assault following an alleged scuffle at a Brisbane hotel.

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Mystery solved with Anesi's unveiling

Waratahs Rugby Training in Moore Park.Sosene AnesiSMH SPORT PIC BY LEE BESFORD. Tuesday April 2nd 2011.

Greg Growden STARTLED Parramatta officials had to look twice when All Blacks Test winger Sosene Anesi arrived unannounced at their club training on Tuesday night looking for a game.

Open door for O'Connor as uncertainty remains over Cooper's return

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Greg Growden James O'Connor remains the Test five-eighth front runner when the Wallabies run around in June, due to uncertainty over when exactly Quade Cooper will return.