Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

On the white track: Tri Nations could use citing scheme

Greg Growden THE white card concept could be extended to the expanded Tri Nations series this season if the International Rugby Board gives the green light.


Deans prepares to go on the attack

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden INTERNATIONAL rugby works in cycles, with leading coaches often arguing over what is supposedly the dominant force - attack or defence - and how to counter it.

Smiling assassin: Deans ready to show no mercy

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden Does it help or hinder you that the Australian provinces finished the Super Rugby season relatively early?

Cooper, Beale saved by Deans for Springboks clash

Wallabies players training before Bledisloe Cup on Saturday. Quade Cooper.

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has again shown faith in two of his Three Amigos by returning Kurtley Beale to the starting line-up and giving Quade Cooper another chance at No.

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.


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.


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...

SANZAR seeks security report from Bulls on bottle-throwing incident


Greg Growden SANZAR have contacted Bulls officials demanding improvements in ground security after All Blacks hooker and Blues skipper Keven Mealamu was hit by a bottle during the team's win at Loftus Versfeld in...

Vickerman comeback on the cards

Dan Vickerman

Greg Growden THE WARATAHS have not lost hope of being able to play Test second-rower Dan Vickerman during the second half of the season, despite some recent concerns he would have to retire.

Graham's Reds switch puts McKenzie in Wallabies frame

Richard Graham

Greg Growden THE Western Force are in search of a new head coach, Richard Graham will be in charge of the Reds next year, and Ewen McKenzie is one step closer to being the next Wallabies coach.


Foley backs McKenzie to lead Wallabies

Ewen McKenzie

Greg Growden WARATAHS coach Michael Foley is adamant Ewen McKenzie must be the next Australian coach. Foley is not calling for Robbie Deans to move on, believing the New Zealander is a capable and astute leader,...

Nathan Sharpe available for Rugby Championship


Greg Growden Wallabies forward Nathan Sharpe has agreed to extend his career for another two months, enabling the 104-Test veteran to compete in the inaugural Rugby Championship which features former Tri Nations...

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

Greg Growden dinkus

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.

Lions tour the carrot for Nine TV deal

Mike Phillips

Greg Growden The 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia is being used as a lure to convince the Nine Network into becoming both the free-to-air rugby league and rugby union channel.

Donald ducks a flying beer jug as Durban's dregs surface again


Greg Growden DURBAN was again the venue for disgraceful crowd behaviour when Chiefs five-eighth Stephen Donald was twice pelted with missiles during their dramatic 19-18 win over the Sharks early yesterday.