Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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

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

Ben Alexander

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

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...

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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.

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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.

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Robinson in running to lead from the front

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 30:  Benn Robinson during the Waratahs training session at Northwood School on May 30, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Greg Growden FRONT-ROWERS are rarely handed the captaincy reins, but Test prop Benn Robinson is suddenly in strong contention to be the Waratahs' skipper for the opening month of the Super Rugby tournament.

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Turner, Mitchell likely to miss Tahs' opener against Reds

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are in danger of being without their two Wallabies wingers - Lachie Turner and Drew Mitchell - for their opening Super Rugby match against titleholders Queensland Reds in Sydney on...

Team of the week

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Greg Growden Each week, Greg Growden picks the form team from the Australian conference after the weekend's matches. Number of times selected in brackets.

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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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MONDAY MAUL

No bull: White's men have turned it around

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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.

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Two games, a dozen battles in fight for Test spots

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...

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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...

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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.