Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

ARU gives Israel Folau green light to return for Bulls match

Rupert Guinness Israel Folau's absence in the Waratahs team that lost to the Force last week has revealed a need for all the NSW backs to "step up" and provide more "go forward" whenever he is not available,...

Rugby

NSW Waratahs assistant coach says injured Super Rugby players like Israel Folau should have a say on when they're fit to play

Ready to play: Israel Folau trains with the Waratahs on Tuesday.

Rupert Guinness The voice of players such as Israel Folau who are on the comeback from injury should be heard before any decision is made on whether they should be allowed to play, says Waratahs assistant coach...

Rugby

NSW Waratahs confident about Bulls match despite blame game over Israel Folau sidelining

Ruled out: Israel Folau will not play for the Waratahs against the Force.

Rupert Guinness As debate over the rights and wrongs of Israel Folau's late sidelining from Waratahs game against the Force continued on Monday, his teammates maintained the issue had not impacted them – and nor...

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Rugby Union

Cut in Test payments applauded

Wallabies v All Blacks

Rupert Guinness Concession by Wallabies lauded as sign of goodwill to help code get back on its feet financially.

O'Connor's road back starts with English stint

James O'Connor

Rupert Guinness James O'Connor plans to return to Australia from a playing stint in England in May to resume Super Rugby and resurrect his Test career.

Union

Nick Phipps has one eye on Olympic glory

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Rupert Guinness Waratah Nick Phipps still has the "hunger and drive" to fight his way back in to the Wallabies squad, but the 14-cap halfback says sevens rugby is still his "favourite form of the game".

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Wallabies need a rest on long road to World Cup, says Elsom

Rocky Elsom

Rupert Guinness Rocky Elsom believes the ARU should allow players who have accrued the most Test time this year to miss the spring tour and spend the off-season training at home to help them strengthen for the next...

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Rugby

Pressure on Folau to settle on code of choice

Israel Folau

Georgina Robinson, Rupert Guinness The Waratahs have not given up on Israel Folau. To say they have kept quiet on the issue of his retention is an understatement.

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Union

Bruising derbies have toughened up Wallabies for onslaught from tourists - Rebel

Phipps

Rupert Guinness The Australian derbies in Super Rugby this year have taken their toll on the Wallabies as they prepare to take on the British and Irish Lions.

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Union

Golden opportunity - and more counselling - awaits Beale

Kurtley Beale

Rupert Guinness For a fleeting moment on Tuesday, Kurtley Beale seemed comfortable speaking about his remarkable and fast return to the Wallabies fold after a series of alcohol-related incidents led him to...

Rugby

Talent to burn: Burgess insists Wallabies should call on Australians abroad

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Rupert Guinness The Australian Rugby Union should rethink its rule making players signed with overseas clubs ineligible for Wallabies selection, says Rebels halfback Luke Burgess.

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Poidevin, in his own words, on ...

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Rupert Guinness We have seen in 2012 that this an incredibly competitive sporting country and the other codes sensed a weak code in rugby union.

Rugby

McKenzie the right man for Wallabies top job - Poidevin

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Rupert Guinness EWEN McKENZIE stands head and shoulders above anyone else as the best candidate to succeed Robbie Deans should there be a change of Wallabies coach after the British and Irish Lions tour this year,...

Deans must reapply, says Pulver

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Rupert Guinness WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans will have to reapply for his position when his contract runs out at the end of the year, the new ARU chief executive Bill Pulver says.

Rugby

Cheika backs culture shift to keep Barnes from Japan

Berrick Barnes

Rupert Guinness AS EXPECTATION mounts that Wallabies and Waratahs back Berrick Barnes is poised to leave Australia for Japan, his new coach at NSW, Michael Cheika, is refusing to say ''sayonara'' to his star...

Long-awaited Lions tour sells out in 15 minutes

Lions

Rupert Guinness, Megan Levy THEY say interest in rugby union in Australia is waning? Fans stood up and showed otherwise on Monday by buying every ticket for the three-Test British and Irish Lions Tour against the Wallabies in...

Jones unfazed by Pryor's dramas

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Rupert Guinness And FORMER Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has defended the decision to employ John Pryor as a strength and conditioning coach on the national team, despite his conviction for importing steroids.

Resting stars for Lions may not be such a Super idea

Pocock

Rupert Guinness Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver has conceded that his plans of convincing all of the Australian Super sides to rest key Wallabies for the British and Irish Lions tour might not get...

Regional contest better than plan B, says Harris

Sam Harris

Rupert Guinness THE establishment of a third-tier competition in Australia should focus on creating a regional series that can expose more players to a higher level rather than a proposed ''B'' series of fringe...

Rugby

Pocock injury throws nervous Smith into the deep end

George Smith

Rupert Guinness It is Saturday, March 9. George Smith has just marked his headlining return to Super Rugby with a superb 70-minute performance for the Brumbies.

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