Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

MONDAY MAUL

No bull: White's men have turned it around

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.

Two games, a dozen battles in fight for Test spots

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Greg Growden INDIVIDUAL battles and how certain players perform under pressure in Canberra tonight and Christchurch tomorrow will have an enormous bearing on the make-up of the 35-man Wallabies squad to play...

Rugby

Call of duty for ambushed Wallabies

James O'Connor

Greg Growden CONCERNS that the Wallabies may suffer an embarrassment similar to losing to Samoa last season and Scotland in 2009 have convinced Test selectors to force key players to back up three times in one...

Rugby

Young guns' chance to avenge Murrayfield

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden DON'T mention the dreaded ''S'' word around the Wallabies. S for Samoa. S for Scotland. It immediately leads to cold S. S for sweats.

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Wallabies sweating on a bad memory from Murrayfield

NCH SPORT. Wallabies training at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. Michael Hooper shares a laugh with team mates during the photo shoot with a toy wallaby. 
4th JUNE 2012. Picture by SIMONE DE PEAK.

Greg Growden Don't mention the dreaded S word around the Wallabies. S for Samoa. S for Scotland. It immediately leads to cold S. S for sweats.

No-nonsense Palmer gets over jelly legs to stand fast for set piece

Dan Palmer

Greg Growden DAN PALMER, Australia's new tight-head prop, has the demeanour to indicate he is not the type of bloke to mess with.

Rugby

Pocock rues litany of missed opportunities

David Pocockl

Greg Growden DAVID POCOCK'S first experience as Test captain was described succinctly by the Wallabies breakaway: ''Very disappointed and very cold.''

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.

Big boy Jones plans several hair-raising moments for hosts with his pick and go

Adam Rhys Jones

Greg Growden IT IS his wild, black, shaggy hair that gets all the attention. But the fact Welsh prop Adam Jones can actually scrummage and make an impact has as much to do with him being one of the most popular...

Rugby

Off-field woes no distraction to Beale

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden KURTLEY BEALE can concentrate on his on-field performance against Wales on Saturday as Wallabies officials made it abundantly clear yesterday that discussing his latest off-field drama involving an...

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.

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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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Wallabies forwards get rev-up from White

Jake White

Greg Growden SPRINGBOKS World Cup-winning coach Jake White has called on the Wallabies forwards to dramatically lift their standards against South Africa tomorrow night, otherwise they will suffer their third...

Rugby Union

Sweet and sour for Wallabies

Three against one: Springbok Morne Steyn is tackled by Berrick Barnes (left), Adam Ashley-Cooper and Michael Hooper.

Greg Growden Relief at last for the Wallabies as they hold on to beat the Springboks at Subiaco.

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.

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

Tatafu Polota Nau

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 up to the Test as newcomers show mettle

Greg Growden ROSARIO: On this night, at this venue, on this occasion, the Wallabies could easily have lost their way.