Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Wallabies train tough for rough'n'tumble All Blacks

Greg Growden Wallabies inside centre Anthony Faingaa was nursing a rolled ankle and second-rower Sitaleki Timani sporting a bleeding eye after another brutal training session preparing for the All Blacks.

Rugby

Future looks gold as ill memories of loss fade

New Zealand

Greg Growden NEW ZEALAND will be wasting their time trying to psych out the Wallabies by reminding them of last year's World Cup semi-final loss, because it has been erased from their memory.

Bledisloe prep has Wallabies battered

Faingaa

Greg Growden INSIDE-CENTRE Anthony Faingaa was nursing a rolled ankle and second-rower Sitaleki Timani sporting a bleeding eye after another brutal Wallabies training session preparing for the All Blacks.

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

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.

Union

All Blacks' house of bricks too tough for huff-and-puff Wallabies

Greg Growden THE WALLABIES are the ultimate huff and puff merchants. They can talk it up, and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter, and fall short.

Rugby Union

Lost Wallabies fade to Black

Rising high: Wallaby Dave Dennis jumps in the lineout in the Bledisloe Cup match last night. Otherwise it was a low night for the Wallabies.

Greg Growden, Sydney All Blacks get the better of Wallabies in the opening game of the Rugby Championship.

Bumbling Wallabies give All Blacks victory

Israel Dagg

Greg Growden The Wallabies are the ultimate huff-and-puff merchants. They can talk it up and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter and fall short.

Rugby union

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

Kurtley Beale

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.

Rugby

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.

Rugby

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.

Rugby Union

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.

Rugby

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.