Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Brumbies' Jake cuts some grass with skipper Mowen

Greg Growden The new Brumbies coach Jake White has again shown he is his own man by appointing as captain Ben Mowen, their new Waratahs recruit, ahead of several established ACT players, including Wallabies...


Claims for World Cup compo given new boost


Greg Growden AUSTRALIA'S hopes of receiving better compensation for lost earnings during World Cup years have been given a boost through the appointment of their most influential official to the tournament's...


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.


Call of duty for ambushed Wallabies

James O'Connor

Greg Growden CONCERNS that the Wallabies may suffer an embarrassment similar to losing to Samoa last season and Scotland in 2009 have convinced Test selectors to force key players to back up three times in one...

Hamstring tear has Horwill on sidelines, while onerous challenge excites Pocock

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28:  David Pocock (R) boxes with Saia Faingaa (L) during an Australian Wallabies training session at Coogee Oval on May 28, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Greg Growden WALLABIES captain James Horwill is facing an extended period on the sideline after scans last night revealed a significant hamstring tear.


Cooper skids into Wallabies contention

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden QUADE COOPER was fast-tracked into the Wallabies' train-on squad last night because of concerns that Kurtley Beale, the first choice Test five-eighth, might not be able to play against Scotland in...


Wales turn into sharks after sensing blood from wounded Wallabies


Greg Growden WHILE the Wallabies will be relying on seven Waratahs who have forgotten the art of winning, Wales believe they have been handed their best chance in decades to win their first Test on Australian...

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Warburton so happy in role as unknown threat

260911 SPORT Andy Jackson / Taranaki Daily News / Fairfax Media.  Rugby World Cup 2011 NZ, Wales V Namibia at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth.L to R Theuns Kotze, Sam Warburton (Wales), Danie Dames.

Greg Growden SAM WARBURTON is delighting in the fact he can wander around Brisbane this week without anyone pestering him about rugby. As long as he does not wear the Welsh garb, he has generally been left alone.


Fearless Welsh can forget past headaches

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08:  Rhys Priestland of Wales looks on during the Wales rugby captain's run at Suncorp Stadium on June 8, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden WALES will walk out tall, proud and confident at Suncorp Stadium tonight, firmly believing they will end 43 years of misery on Australian soil.

Solid Scottish mudpack leaves Wallabies bearing


Greg Growden SCOTLAND succeeded in humiliating the Wallabies for the second time in three seasons when they smacked them in the slosh with a last-minute penalty goal enabling them to win in atrocious conditions...

Excuses, but these upsets are a little too common

Greg Growden.

Greg Growden Scotland embarrassed them at Murrayfield in 2009. Samoa made them look second-rate in Sydney last year. Now this.

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Wallabies hang tough against Wales

Coming through: Wallaby Digby Ioane tries to crash through his Welsh opponents during last night?s game at Suncorp Stadium.

Greg Growden The Wallabies' pressure valve is momentarily eased as they rediscover their ability to win tough, dramatic internationals.

Deans bounds out of jail


Greg Growden The Wallabies' pressure valve was momentarily eased as they rediscovered their ability to win tough, dramatic internationals, rallying at the right time to defeat Wales in the first Test at Suncorp...


Deans calls on experience of Brumbies coach

4 May 2012 SPORT Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by Chris Dutton. Brumbies Captain's Run at Canberra Stadium. Coach, Jake White.

Greg Growden Robbie Deans, who admitted he had just endured the most challenging week of his coaching career, will call in Brumbies and former Springboks World Cup-winning coach Jake White this week to provide a...


Wallabies could welcome back bad boy Beale for second Test

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09:  Injured Wallaby player Kurtley Beale watches on from the stands during the international test match between the Australian Wallabies and Wales at Suncorp Stadium on June 9, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROBBIE DEANS, who admitted he had just endured the most challenging week of his coaching career, has not given up hope of his errant No.

Defeating Dragons means that all is well … for now

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Greg Growden Sport, and the careers of countless individuals, revolve around ''what ifs'', missed opportunities and seizing the moment.

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Coach says confident Wales need a flying start if they want to swing series


Greg Growden WALES believe if they perform at pace, excel in the first half, and nullify Will Genia and David Pocock they will overcome the disappointment of Brisbane and win the second Test in Melbourne tomorrow...

Divine intervention deserts the Welsh

Wallbies winger Digby Ioane brushes aside a would-be Welsh tackler.

Greg Growden Wales loses again to Wallabies, this time by two points due to an extra-time penalty goal.


Another off-field distraction, but Deans bent on picking Beale

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden EVEN with an assault charge hanging over his head, Kurtley Beale is expected to return to the Wallabies line-up at fullback for the third and final Test against Wales at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.


Deans keen for Wallabies to clean sweep Wales

Greg Growden After now twice repelling a fast-finishing Welsh opposition, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said it was imperative to end the series perfectly by excelling once again in Sydney and achieve a 3-0 clean...