Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Sleep-deprived Foley can arise from his bed of nails - but he can't rest easy with rotation issues looming

Greg Growden Next to where the Waratahs have their powwows at Moore Park is a small room that houses several bunk beds.

SUNDAY MAUL

Changes are afoot under Cheika

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Greg Growden It hasn't taken long for new Waratahs coach Michael Cheika to make an impact on the troubled province.

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Rugby

Battered and bruised, Wallabies must make stand in Argentina

Greg Growden Australian Rugby has endured the most dreadful of weeks. And next week could be even worse, with the Wallabies heading deeper into the horror tour from hell.

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Wallabies beef up pack to prepare for tough battle with brutal Pumas

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Greg Growden ROSARIO: In the land of gargantuan steaks and enormous forwards, the Wallabies will go for brawn in their pack to confront the Pumas on Saturday night.

Wallabies ready for character test

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 28: Nathan Sharpe talks to his team during the Australian national rugby team Captains Run at Loftus Versfeld on September 28, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images / Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wallabies captain Nathan Sharpe has told his players that even though they are missing a long line of key performers they can still prove they are a team with special character by rebounding...

Rugby

Cummins, Tapuai plug latest gaps in Test team

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Greg Growden ROSARIO: The Wallabies merry-go-round continues to spin with two more newcomers - Nick Cummins and Ben Tapuai - joining the Test team, taking the tally of players who have appeared in the green and...

Pumas beware: aggressive Honey Badger on prowl

The honey badger's fighting spirit has proved an insipration for Wallaby Nick Cummins.

Greg Growden ROSARIO: For the Honey Badger, the choice was simple: the mines, the army or Randwick.

Rugby

Wounded and weary Wallabies relying on pride to earn result

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Kurtley Beale of the Australian Wallabies is tackled during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at Skilled Park on September 15, 2012 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wherever they have gone in Argentina this week, there has been no reprieve for the Wallabies.

Off-the-ball exchanges a winner

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Greg Growden No matter if they are victors or losers today, the Wallabies will leave Argentina having won over the locals.

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Rugby Union

Wallabies told: No bull, it will be rough

Wallaby captain Nathan Sharpe wants speed to the breakdown.

Greg Growden Wallabies warned they are about to be involved in confronting and demanding Test match.

Rugby

Laser-boot Harris guides Wallabies home

Australia v Argentina

Greg Growden The Wallabies enjoyed one of their most courageous wins in recent times when they overcame an Argentine ambush in Rosario this morning.

Something's brewing: time for this well-fed scribe to bid adios

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Greg Growden It all began 30 years ago. Australia v Scotland. Sydney Cricket Ground. After babbling my first Test match report for The Sun-Herald country edition to a similarly confused copytaker back in the old...

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Red faces on a black day

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Greg Growden At Eden Park, a capacity crowd - loving every minute of the Wallabies being brutally carved up by the All Blacks butchers - were involved in a red-nose day for charity.

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ARU questions clubs amid fears of widening salary cap swindle

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Greg Growden THE Australian Rugby Union has begun interviewing officials from several premiership clubs as part of its investigation into whether an Australian province has breached salary cap restrictions...

Rugby Union

Wallabies go for experience

Wallaby warriors: Nathan Sharpe (left) and Radike Samo get playful with Kurtley Beale.

Greg Growden, Sydney Drew Mitchell, Radike Samo and Nathan Sharpe included in 30-man Rugby Championship squad.

Stakes rise as ARU draws a bead on the cap rorters

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Greg Growden The Australian Rugby Union investigation into the invoice salary cap rort continues, and several premiership clubs are bound to find themselves in trouble over how they have lured players.

Rugby

Wallabies put stock in experience

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Greg Growden THE Wallabies selectors love picking novices, but have shown by including Drew Mitchell, Radike Samo and Nathan Sharpe in the 30-man Rugby Championship squad they haven't forgotten their tribal...

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?

Blades of steel: bid to get forwards to raise the standard of set pieces

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Greg Growden TIRED of being penalised for having a suspect scrum, the Wallabies pack this year will try to prove they are faultless up front to ensure a better deal from referees.

Hansen and Deans know how to get under each other's skin

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Greg Growden Much was made of the relationship between Graham Henry and Robbie Deans when they were wrestling each other for Bledisloe and World cups.