Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

De Villiers spills beans on Deans in his book

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Greg Growden Former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers is the master of putting himself and others into trouble. Now Wallabies coach Robbie Deans and ARU official David Nucifora will probably be miffed with...

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.

Wallabies turn to Roos to get the jump on Kiwis under high ball

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have sought advice from several AFL big guns to improve their often-flawed aerial work.

Rugby

Claims for World Cup compo given new boost

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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...

On the white track: Tri Nations could use citing scheme

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 03:  Referee Jaco Peyper reacts during the round two Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 3, 2012 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images)

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.

Rugby

Sevens star Foley to fill fullback role for Tahs

Bernard Foley

Greg Growden AUSTRALIAN Sevens captain Bernard Foley is preparing to take over as the Waratahs fullback against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday night, with Adam Ashley-Cooper discovering he will have another...

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Analysis

Plenty of pain for victorious Wallabies

Australia Wallabies' Quade Cooper (C) is assisted from the field after injuring his leg during their Rugby World Cup third place play-off match against Wales at Eden Park in Auckland October 21, 2011.   REUTERS/David Gray (NEW ZEALAND  - Tags: SPORT RUGBY IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)

Greg Growden IT'S the old story. When the Wallabies have their backs to the wall, they produce. But again, it was a bit too late, and it came at a considerable cost.

The final verdict

The final verdict: it was good, even great, but not the best ever

Woodcock

Greg Growden The seventh World Cup tournament is over. The new World Cup champion has been crowned. And numerous compelling questions can now be answered.

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Rugby

O'Connor gets kick out of Lucas' boot feats

Michael O'Connor

Greg Growden MICHAEL O'CONNOR knows plenty about pressure goal kicks - with his sideline conversion in teeming rain to win the match for NSW in 1991 among the most memorable State of Origin league moments.

Crusaders make most of chances as Waratahs lack necessary class

Tahs

Greg Growden What a sensational Mr T hairstyle, and what a devastating performance from the Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean.

Crouch, touch, pause, disengage - scrum blight set for the chop

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Greg Growden The IRB has for some time been known as the Irrational Rugby Board, due to its fair share of dopey decisions over the years.

Sunday Maul

Sanctions loom over signing stoush

Greg Growden Stink No.1. The relationship between numerous Australian provinces is very tense as rivals continue to jump the gun in announcing player recruitments.

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Rugby

Give me five: O'Neill argues local sides are strong enough

John O'Neill

Greg Growden AUSTRALIAN Rugby Union chief John O'Neill believes complaints that Australia doesn't have the playing numbers to warrant a fifth Super Rugby team and the local conference is not pulling its weight...

Sunday Maul

Pocock to get call-up for captain

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Greg Growden Wallabies selectors are expected to rest James Horwill for the opening Test against Scotland on June 5, with David Pocock in line to lead the team in Newcastle.

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SUNDAY MAUL

Drama sends wrong message

Greg Growden The latest Wallabies off-field drama involving Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper will do nothing to improve the feeling within a disjointed team trying to get Australian rugby back on track.

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SUNDAY MAUL

Beale charged over pub incident

Greg Growden Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale will face one count of common assault following an alleged scuffle at a Brisbane hotel.

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Wallabies write another chapter of Welsh woe

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Greg Growden You almost expected Alfred Hitchcock to appear out of the mist from the Wallabies' dressing room last night and utter: ''Good evening.''