Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Judiciary bungling could soon be history with SANZAR revamp

Greg Growden Every Super Rugby team has its SANZAR judicial atrocity story. Past Waratahs officials still talk about when one of their star players escaped suspension because SANZAR officials couldn't find the...

SANZAR seeks security report from Bulls on bottle-throwing incident

Braid

Greg Growden SANZAR have contacted Bulls officials demanding improvements in ground security after All Blacks hooker and Blues skipper Keven Mealamu was hit by a bottle during the team's win at Loftus Versfeld in...

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Wounded and weary Wallabies relying on pride to earn result

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Kurtley Beale of the Australian Wallabies is tackled during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at Skilled Park on September 15, 2012 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wherever they have gone in Argentina this week, there has been no reprieve for the Wallabies.

Something's brewing: time for this well-fed scribe to bid adios

Greg Growden.

Greg Growden It all began 30 years ago. Australia v Scotland. Sydney Cricket Ground. After babbling my first Test match report for The Sun-Herald country edition to a similarly confused copytaker back in the old...

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Fading Force: Cheika snub hits hard in Perth

Greg Growden Morale at the Western Force has slumped after Michael Cheika knocked back their offer to take over as head coach.

Rugby

Early start for Super Rugby to fit around tours

Greg Growden THE Australian rugby season is about to get even longer, with Super Rugby likely to start earlier in February to accommodate next year's three-Test British and Irish Lions tour.

Rugby

Waratahs boss tackles the tough questions

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden Greg Growden: Was [Waratahs team manager] Chris Webb sacked by you?

Smiling assassin: Deans ready to show no mercy

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden Does it help or hinder you that the Australian provinces finished the Super Rugby season relatively early?

Rugby

Rock-solid defence key to blunting the All Blacks

Will Genia

Greg Growden THE Wallabies have struggled to score tries this year but still believe they have the attacking prowess and game breakers to worry the All Blacks in tomorrow night's Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney.

Rugby

Reds revival has shown the way forward, says O'Neill

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden JOHN O'NEILL, the Australian Rugby Union chief, has called on the four other Australian Super provinces to follow the example of the Queensland Reds and dramatically boost crowds to improve the...

Sulking South Africans stand no chance of adding to Super quota

Greg Growden.

Greg Growden It's February, the Super Rugby season is about to start, and - shock, horror - the South African provinces are having an almighty whinge.

Tahs are aiming for afternoon delights

NSW Waratahs crowd

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are relying on old-fashioned afternoon football to address the alarming slide in their home-crowd figures.

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.

All change with Wallabies as coaching reshuffle begins to take shape

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden ROBBIE DEANS will be surrounded by different faces in the Wallabies coaching box this season, including at least three new assistant coaches.

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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

Wounded Reds help Sharks regain bite before road trip

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 17: James Horwill of the St.George Queensland Reds in action during the Super Rugby match between The Sharks and Reds at Mr Price Kings Park on March 17, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs woes continue to grow, with their next opponent - the Sharks - getting the required confidence boost before their road trip by enjoying one of their most spirited comebacks in years to...

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Waratahs to launch crusade for more afternoon matches

SUPER RUGBYWARATAHS V SHARKS Bernard Foley gets through the Sharks defence to score in the 2nd half during the Waratahs v Sharks at Allianz Stadium. 24th March 2012Photograph by Dallas Kilponen

Greg Growden The Waratahs will lobby SANZAR and the Australian Rugby Union for more afternoon matches, but how many and when will be determined by the interest in one of the team's most important games of the...

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.

Rugby

Sunday home games suit us to a T, say Tahs

Waratahs supporters?

Greg Growden THE Waratahs will lobby SANZAR and the Australian Rugby Union for all their Sydney home games to be played on Sunday afternoons.

Waratahs selections to focus on forwards rotation for must-win clash

Timani

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are expected to again rotate several forwards, with Dave Dennis and Sitaleki Timani in line to return to the starting line-up for this weekend's match against the Stormers in Cape Town.