Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald
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.
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.
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.
Greg Growden The Brumbies look the real deal, but don't yet dismiss the Queensland Reds from finishing on top of the Australian conference.
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...
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.
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...
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.
Greg Growden Wales loses again to Wallabies, this time by two points due to an extra-time penalty goal.
Greg Growden You almost expected Alfred Hitchcock to appear out of the mist from the Wallabies' dressing room last night and utter: ''Good evening.''
Greg Growden The Australian Rugby Union will investigate claims that one of the Australian Super Rugby franchises is involved in an elaborate scheme to avoid salary cap restrictions.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
Greg Growden The 24-year All Black gloom has lifted.