Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Aussie trio vie for fullback in Argentina test

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.

Rugby

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...

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

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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.

Mitchell and Barnes earn reward with Cup call-up

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Greg Growden BERRICK BARNES will be rewarded for his excellent series against Wales by holding onto the No.10 Test jersey, Dave Dennis is in line to move into the Wallabies' back row and Drew Mitchell's long wait...

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.

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.

Tough at top - but McKenzie refuses to stress about Reds' hectic start

Ewen McKenzie

Greg Growden AFTER just one round, Sharks coach John Plumtree was complaining there were too many Super Rugby local derbies, arguing that it was ''wearing the players down''.

White ready to brush England to stay with Brumbies

Jake White

Greg Growden The ACT Brumbies may not have to search for a new coach, as Jake White, who has been linked to the England job, has told the Brumbies players he plans to stay in Canberra.

Match report

Backs to the wall, with Giteau in frame as saviour

Faingaa

Greg Growden The Wallabies got to enjoy a rejuvenating 11-try scoring feast against the USA last night, but the win came at a cost - with midfielders Pat McCabe, Rob Horne and Anthony Faingaa all suffering...

Match report

Some green, some gold as Deans' men earn pass mark

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Greg Growden AUCKLAND: After some early stumbles, the Wallabies produced their trademark razzle dazzle football at the right time to start their World Cup campaign with an encouraging victory over Italy at North...

Wallabies lay down World Cup marker

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Greg Growden After some early stutters the Wallabies produced an excellent second-half display against Italy stamping the team as real World Cup title contenders.

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Barnes needs storming performance to secure a Test spot

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE pressure on Berrick Barnes during the Waratahs' South African trip is intense. Not only must he improve his province's slim finals hopes but he is also fighting to hold onto his spot in the...

All eyes on Barnes as Wallabies spot rests on clash with Canes

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have tried three different five-eighths at training this week - Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas and Mike Harris - but how Berrick Barnes fares in tonight's match for the Waratahs will determine...

Ioane gets tick from Moon as future great

Digby Ioane

Greg Growden BRENDAN MOON, the prince of Australian Test wingers, believes Digby Ioane has the potential to become one of the greats of the international game.

Backs to the wall as wing goes down

Cooper Vuna

Greg Growden THE Wallabies woes continued last night when they were forced into a back-line change, bringing in Rebels winger Cooper Vuna for Joe Tomane, who rolled his ankle at training.