Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

More desperation needed to beat All Blacks, says former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is back to full health and has some opinions on how Australia can improve.

Why Matt Giteau is worth €1millon a year

Mathew Giteau

Rupert Guinness Matt Giteau has long been lost to the Wallabies for next year's World Cup, but the bidding in French rugby for his services speaks volumes about his value as a player.

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Richie McCaw and Tony Woodcock past their prime: Ross Reynolds

Bledisloe Cup winners:  Richie McCaw, left, and Tony Woodcock, who won the trophy last month.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies No.8 Ross Reynolds has continued the Bledisloe Cup war of words by claiming All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and prop Tony Woodcock are past their prime - less than a fortnight after...

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Big Kane's void too large to fill, suspects Michael Cheika

Rupert Guinness As Waratahs coach Michael Cheika looks far and wide to complete his Super Rugby roster for next year, he expects the void left by second-rower Kane Douglas will remain unfilled.

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National Rugby Championship provides chance to shine for fringe Waratahs star Greg Peterson

Building momentum: second-rower Greg Peterson.

Rupert Guinness When second rower Greg Peterson and the Manly Marlins lost their Shute Shield semi-final to Eastwood at home last month, the towering lock was a devastated man.

Player draft for Super Rugby players needs to be part of a complete strategy

Nick Cummins: Lost to Australian Rugby.

Rupert Guinness Pause. Take a deep breath. Think hard and and think of the big picture. That was the thrust behind the response of the national players' association to calls by the Western Force for a draft system...

Welcome ... but no guarantees, says McKenzie to O'Connor and Hunt

Ewen McKenzie is happy to have more choice when it comes to picking his World Cup squad.

Rupert Guinness The signing of James O'Connor and Karmichael Hunt by the Queensland Reds left Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie happily declaring the "more people we have to choose from [for the World Cup] the merrier".

Wallabies forwards back in spotlight for Bledisloe Cup clash with All Blacks

Impressive: Sam Carter has impressed Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Rupert Guinness For all the interest several major changes to the Wallabies back line attracted when the side to play against the All Blacks on Saturday was announced on Tuesday, coach Ewen McKenzie must have...

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Ewen McKenzie refuses to bite over Steve Hansen's comments on Kurtley Beale

In the spotlight: Kurtley Beale.

Marc Hinton and Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie has poured cold water on provocative comments from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen questioning his rival's selection of Kurtley Beale at five-eighth for the opening Bledisloe Cup Test.

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Trio of stars better suited in Wallabies squad: Brisbane City's NRC coach Nick Stiles

Tough road ahead: James Horwill will attempt to force his way back into the Wallabies squad.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies prop and Brisbane City head coach Nick Stiles could be rubbing his hands in delight at the thought of having three contracted Wallabies on his National Rugby Championship roster -...

Southern Districts aim for upset in Shute Shield grand final with Kane Douglas on board

Kane Douglas

Rupert Guinness After a major Shute Shield upset – the elimination of defending champions Sydney University from the title race last week – will there be another turnabout result in Saturday’s...

Pressure on Wallabies forwards to rise to the challenge

Daunting: Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles will make his run-on debut against the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness Most descriptions of the Wallabies forwards carry strong elements of doubt. As Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie recognised this week, they are a “maligned” pack.

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Ewen McKenzie defends Michael Hooper over penalty calls

Rupert Guinness The exasperation in the voice of Wallabies captain Michael Hooper was clear after his side drew 12-12 with the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night.

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NSW Waratahs' back-row crusade lays platform for historic Super Rugby win

Brought down to earth: Richie McCaw's Crusaders came off second best in the battle of the back-rowers.

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs knew that if they were to break the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final that one of the vital battles they must dominate would be between the back rows.

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NSW Waratahs hero Bernard Foley reveals how he nailed title-winning kick

The moment: Bernard Foley launches the title-winning kick at goal.

Rupert Guinness When the Waratahs were awarded a penalty inside the last minute of Saturday’s night Super Rugby final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium in Homebush, NSW five-eighth Bernard Foley...

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We have done nothing yet, says Waratahs coach Michael Cheika

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs may be primed to host a home game in this year's Super Rugby finals series and in their best position to win the title, but in the eyes of coach Michael Cheika they have not achieved...

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Waratahs stars have had Super Rugby clash with Brumbies on their minds even on Wallabies duty, says Nick Phipps

Nick Phipps of the Waratahs makes a break during the round 11 Super Rugby match against the Blues.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps won’t talk of the importance of his head-to-head clash with Wallabies teammate Nic White in Saturday night Super Rugby game against the Brumbies.

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Lote Tuqiri says ARU must go for broke to keep Israel Folau

Israel Folau

Rupert Guinness The on-field brilliance of Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has been so good he has even exceeded the expectations of one of the former NRL and AFL player's first and biggest supporters when he...

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ARU boss Bill Pulver to be grilled by states over Super 18 plan

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09:  New CEO of Australian Rugby Union Bill Pulver speaks to the media during an ARU press conference at ARU Headquarters on January 9, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Australian rugby boss Bill Pulver is expected be face an intense grilling when he pitches the merits of a proposed four-conference model for Super Rugby to the provinces at a meeting in Sydney on...

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Wycliff Palu's return 'uplifting' as Waratahs face must-win game against Hurricanes

Fresh: Wycliff Palu back in full training with the Waratahs.

Rupert Guinness The impact of Wycliff Palu's return to the Waratahs' starting side extends beyond the trademark physicality and ball carrying capability that he brings to the side, says NSW prop Benn Robinson.

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