Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Greg Growden

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...

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

Nathan Sharpe

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.

Phipps takes next step in rise up the pecking order

Nick Phipps

Greg Growden IF WALLABIES breakaway Dave Dennis gives the team's new halfback Nick Phipps the glare during Saturday night's Test against Argentina on the Gold Coast there is a reason.

Rugby

Club boss could face the sack if rort proved

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Greg Growden THE Australian Rugby Union will investigate claims that one of its Super Rugby provinces is involved in an elaborate scheme to avoid salary-cap restrictions.

Africans won't take no for answer on expansion plan

Schalk Burger

Greg Growden AUSTRALIA and New Zealand have discovered that where SANZAR is concerned, South Africa are ever persistent, endlessly pushing their cause on and off the field.

Rugby

Cooper no shoo-in to take spot from Reds superboot

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Greg Growden NO WONDER Quade Cooper was looking a bit edgy during a television interview after the Reds' win over the Force in Brisbane on Saturday night.

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Foley in a fix as Tahs run low on rakes

Damien Fitzpatrick

Greg Growden IF YOU have a masochistic streak, get a thrill out of being a contortionist, don't mind bashing your forehead up against soggy turf and can fling a football with the accuracy of a professional darts...

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Monday Maul

After House of Pain, Tahs realise some gain

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Greg Growden Australian Rugby's Super Saturday taught us that covered stadiums are the way to go, referees have too much of a say in outcomes, the Waratahs are the Hard-luck Hals of the competition, the Rebels do...

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Long dark cloud lifts as All Blacks close the door on 24 years of pain

Richie McCaw

Greg Growden The 24-year All Black gloom has lifted.

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Match report

Wallabies reeling after shock loss to Ireland

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Greg Growden AUCKLAND: It doesn't get any more embarrassing than this for Australian rugby. The Wallabies were yet again shown to be second-rate by one of the also-rans of world rugby.

Boos will spur on embarrassed Tahs to exact revenge in the west

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Greg Growden REVENGE and the embarrassment of being booed will act as key motivators when the Waratahs head to Perth this week, as they want to get their Super Rugby season back on track by defeating the Force on...

Rugby

Frustrated Foley asks Waratahs to turn up volume against the Force

Waratahs coach Michael Foley.

Greg Growden THE WARATAHS have been told they must become loud and proud, turning into chatterboxes to ensure they continue their perfect West Australian record when they play the Force in Perth on Friday night.

Glowing start but hosts relax too soon

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Greg Growden Twenty-six seconds. That's all the Waratahs thought it would take to topple the Rebels when they were celebrating their first try just moments after kick-off.

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MONDAY MAUL

No bull: White's men have turned it around

Greg Growden It has taken a while, but the Brumbies have to be taken seriously. For weeks, many have been waiting for this young bunch of no-names to lose their way.

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Some days the Force can't catch a break

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 05:  Salesi Manu (L) of the Force looks to break through the Cheetahs defence during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Western Force from Free State Stadium on May 5, 2012 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THEY lose their head coach, Richard Graham, to the Reds. Then Will Genia does an about face and opts not to move to Perth.

Rising Reds spell danger for Brumbies

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Greg Growden The Brumbies look the real deal, but don't yet dismiss the Queensland Reds from finishing on top of the Australian conference.

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Visitors barge over to leave Tahs scratching their heads

Greg Growden THE long flight from Sydney to Johannesburg is a trial at the best of times. But for the Waratahs, who head to the Republic this morning, it will turn into a torture trip, as they will spend hour...

Monday Maul

Reds' revival has repercussions far beyond win on scoresheet

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Greg Growden The local administrators are happy because the Australian conference can produce a match worth watching. Those pushing for Sunday afternoon football are delighted as it lures a 36,000-plus crowd.

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Landmark triumph over Crusaders puts rising Rebels on front foot to face fast-fading Force

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden THE Melbourne Rebels are describing their victory over the Crusaders as their greatest triumph, while the Western Force are pondering whether they have experienced a more humiliating moment after...

Down and out: Waratahs' finals hopes are kicked into touch by dour and ill-disciplined display

Fullback Bernard Foley (C) of Australia's New South Wales Waratahs is tackled by Deon Fourie (L) and Steven Kitshoff (R) of South Africa's Stormers, during their Super Rugby union match in Cape Town, May 19, 2012.   REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Greg Growden NOT since the miserable 2007 season, when they completely lost their way, have a kick-obsessed Waratahs suffered such a lengthy losing stretch.