Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Cooper poised for Eden Park return as out-of-form Beale faces tough questions

Greg Growden Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale is in serious danger of being dropped for the return Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland on Saturday after an error-strewn performance against the All Blacks in Sydney.

Hooper faces ultimate Test as woes continue

Michael Cooper

Greg Growden THE Wallabies' woes continued last night when their tighthead prop Sekope Kepu was ruled out of Saturday night's Test against the All Blacks in Auckland after damaging his medial ligament in training.

Stats don't lie - figures show Cooper's the king

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Greg Growden Do not fear. The Wallabies might be in turmoil, and no one gives them any hope of winning at Eden Park. But the man who knows best how to beat the All Blacks is back.

Rugby Union

Shipperley in the running to speed up Wallabies back line

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25:  Dom Shipperley of the Reds celebrates scoring the winning try during the round one Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Reds at ANZ Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Greg Growden Dom Shipperley is in line to play his first Test match and Kurtley Beale is expected to return to the Wallabies' fullback position for Saturday night's Test match against the Springboks in Perth.

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Wallabies look at speed to burn Boks

Dom Shipperley of the Reds.

Greg Growden DOM SHIPPERLEY is in line to play his first Test match and Kurtley Beale is expected to return to the Wallabies' fullback position for Saturday night's Test against the Springboks in Perth.

Cooper, Beale saved by Deans for Springboks clash

Wallabies players training before Bledisloe Cup on Saturday. Quade Cooper.

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has again shown faith in two of his Three Amigos by returning Kurtley Beale to the starting line-up and giving Quade Cooper another chance at No.

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Barnes calls on pack to let backs apply running game

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Wallabies backs, infuriated they have been branded conservative and defence-oriented, want to use the Springboks Test to remind all they actually know how to score tries, and plenty of them.

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Wary Wallabies three captains down

Will Genia is treated for an injury during the Rugby Championship match against South Africa.

Greg Growden Will Genia becomes third Australian Test skipper in a row to suffer a season-ending injury.

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Genia gone for six months as captain's curse strikes

Will Genia

Greg Growden THE Wallabies are pondering whether it is wise to officially announce another captain after Will Genia become their third Test skipper in a row to suffer a season-ending injury.

No guts, no glory: Wallabies pass important test of character

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Greg Growden After almost smashing his walkie-talkie against his forehead during the match, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer finally calmed down, and explained what it is all about.

Rugby Union

McCabe keen to repay Deans's faith after surprise Wallabies call-up

07 September 2012 Sport, Journalist Lee Gaskin The Canberra Times, Photo Jay Cronan. Wallabies Centre Pat McCabe set to make his return to from Injury on Saturday playing for Wests.

Greg Growden There are a few players whom Wallabies coach Robbie Deans treats like pure gold. One is Adam Ashley-Cooper, because of his ability to excel in so many back line positions, unselfish nature, and...

Rugby Union

Wallabies pair are pure gold

Adam Ashley Cooper

Greg Growden THERE are a few players whom Wallabies coach Robbie Deans treats like pure gold.

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Go-to man McCabe back on Deans's centre stage

Pat McCabe

Greg Growden THERE are a few players Robbie Deans treats like pure gold. One is Adam Ashley-Cooper because of his ability to excel in so many back-line positions, unselfish nature and belief in the national cause.

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Broken Wallabies humiliated by South Africa

South Africa's Bryan Habana scores a try during their Rugby Championship test match against Australia's Wallabies in Pretoria, September 29 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Greg Growden The Wallabies were smashed up and spat out by the Springboks, thrashed five tries to one while suffering a horrendous injury toll at Loftus Versfeld this morning.

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Injury toll in Wallabies loss

Kurtley Beale, right, makes a catch as South Africa's captain Jean de Villiers defends.

Greg Growden, Pretoria Wallabies coach Robbie Deans admitted he had never witnessed a more bizarre Test.

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Aussie trio vie for fullback in Argentina test

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Greg Growden Mike Harris, Pat McCabe and Dom Shipperley will be vying for the vacant fullback spot in Saturday night's Test against Argentina in Rosario, Argentina.

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Harris in frame to be Wallabies new fullback

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29:  Mike Harris of the Reds is tackled by Stirling Mortlock of the Rebels during the round 16 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Reds at AAMI Park on June 29, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Greg Growden Rosario: Mike Harris is set to become the fifth Wallabies fullback in ten Tests this season and Dave Dennis is under threat of being replaced in the backrow for Saturday night's international against...

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Battered and bruised, Wallabies must make stand in Argentina

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Greg Growden Australian Rugby has endured the most dreadful of weeks. And next week could be even worse, with the Wallabies heading deeper into the horror tour from hell.

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Wallabies beef up pack to prepare for tough battle with brutal Pumas

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Greg Growden ROSARIO: In the land of gargantuan steaks and enormous forwards, the Wallabies will go for brawn in their pack to confront the Pumas on Saturday night.

Wallabies ready for character test

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 28: Nathan Sharpe talks to his team during the Australian national rugby team Captains Run at Loftus Versfeld on September 28, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images / Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wallabies captain Nathan Sharpe has told his players that even though they are missing a long line of key performers they can still prove they are a team with special character by rebounding...