Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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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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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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Waratahs bolster pack to take on mighty Lions scrum

Hard to stop: Will Skelton in training on Thursday.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has bolstered the strength of his set-piece forward pack. The 135-kilogram second-rower Will Skelton has been included in the starting side over Jacques Potgieter for...

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Matt Giteau opens up on his bitter departure from Australian rugby

Matt Giteau

Rupert Guinness When Matt Giteau reflects on his decision to leave Australia after he missed selection in the Wallabies squad for the 2011 World Cup, he admits the episode that centred on his publicised divide with...

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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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Depth and grit can end Waratahs' frustration, say ex-players

Jacques Potgieter

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs are again brimming with confidence about their prospects of a first Super Rugby title. Rupert Guinness asks four former Waratahs about what they feel has gone wrong in the past and what...

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Cheika's men start in style as Folau dazzles

Fairfax Media writer

Rupert Guinness What a sight it was: that of Waratahs lock Will Skelton and his 203-centimetre frame and 135 kilograms running direct and hard with the ball or in dogged defence in NSW's 43-21 win over the Force in...

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Ewen McKenzie expects Michael Cheika to coach his way

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie believes Michael Cheika will continue to coach the Waratahs in his trademark passionate heart-on-sleeve manner, despite it having landed him in hot water with SANZAR during last...

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Eastwood wary of Gordon heist in Shute Shield

Glory days: Eastwood last lifted the Shute Shield in 2011 but are hoping to go one better than their runners-up finish last year.

Rupert Guinness Eastwood are firm Shute Shield contenders, but they are still wary about their vulnerability so early in the new season, especially against a team like Gordon under new coach Geoff Townsend.

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Former Waratah Tom Carter enjoying life with Sydney Uni

Tom Carter

Rupert Guinness Former Waratah Tom Carter may be back playing rugby for Sydney University, but the 31-year-old centre says he is not intent on forcing a return to Super Rugby.

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Northern Suburbs coach Scott Fava confident of first Shute Shield win

Ex Wallaby Scott Fava, pictured in 2006.

Rupert Guinness Northern Suburbs coach Scott Fava believes his side can clinch their first Shute Shield victory of the season if they can just push through the 60-minute mark of the game, rather than “drop our...

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Warringah denied shot at trophy in Shute Shield clash with Parramatta

Shute Shield

Rupert Guinness Warringah got all revved up early in the week for Saturday’s Shute Shield clash at home against Parramatta, lured by the added goal of winning back the Rob "Noddy" Sawtell perpetual trophy from...

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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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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...

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ARU gives Israel Folau green light to return for Bulls match

He's back: Israel Folau will return for the Waratahs on Saturday night.

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,...

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Former Easts coach Mark Bakewell eyes opportunities in Japan

Big plans: Former Eastern Suburbs coach Mark Bakewell is off to Japan.

Rupert Guinness Mark Bakewell says it would be a "massive bonus" if his new coaching position with the Tokyo-based club Suntory leads to an opportunity with a Japan franchise in an expanded Super Rugby competition.

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Waratahs hire Andrew Mehrtens as kicking coach

Mehrtens

Rupert Guinness The NSW Waratahs have hired All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens as kicking coach for the upcoming Super Rugby season.

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Bernard Foley looks to prove himself in trial match against Blues

Bernard Foley

Rupert Guinness Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley is ready to stake his claim to remain NSW's first choice playmaker in Sydney on Friday night when they play the Blues in a trial match that will pit him against...

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