Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Robinson in running to lead from the front

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.

Rugby

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...

Brumbies' Jake cuts some grass with skipper Mowen

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Greg Growden The new Brumbies coach Jake White has again shown he is his own man by appointing as captain Ben Mowen, their new Waratahs recruit, ahead of several established ACT players, including Wallabies...

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Rugby

NSW side to face Reds a testament to player attrition

Sarel Pretorius

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are scheduled to have just eight survivors from their triumph over Queensland a year ago, when they meet the Reds at ANZ Stadium in the Super Rugby opening round on Saturday night - a...

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Tahs' new faces need the spirit of an old rivalry

Greg Growden GONE are the days when matches between NSW and Queensland were the be-all and end-all of Australian rugby.

Ruck and Maul

Cheika could check in back home

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Greg Growden The prospect of Heineken Cup-winning coach Michael Cheika being in charge of an Australian Super Rugby team has intensified.

Ruck and Maul

It's not all White at the Brumbies

Greg Growden Gone are the days when the Brumbies were the trendsetters of Australian rugby. Now they have turned into the Bumbling Brumbies comedy act, losing players, fans and struggling for coaching stability.

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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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Only deluded would back local team for title

Reds

Greg Growden Six Super Rugby rounds completed and Australian rugby has been hit for six.

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White approach makes surprise a winning factor for Brumbies

23 March 2012, sport, story by Lee Gaskin, photo by STUART WALMSLEY. The ACT Brumbies hold their captain's run at Canberra Stadium. Scrum half Nic White and coach Jake White.

Greg Growden BRUMBIES coach Jake White has a pressing reason for repeatedly changing his starting line-up. Some would describe it as rotation, but it is more a situation of White wanting to know exactly how many...

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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Monday Maul

Tahs cohorts must forget wretched run or they will suffer against Scots

Greg Growden Robbie Deans will this week have to show that, apart from being a top-level coach, he is a master psychologist, motivator, mind reader and faith healer.

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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.

Union

Great expectations as McCabe's star continues to rise

Pat McCabe of the Wallabies.

Greg Growden In just over a year Pat McCabe has experienced the most extraordinary of rises - from a Test blow-in to someone considered a future Wallabies captain.

Rugby

Deans delighted to let McCabe take centre stage

Pat McCabe

Greg Growden IN JUST over a year, Pat McCabe has experienced the most extraordinary of rises - from a Test blow-in to someone considered a future Wallabies captain.

Lame Tahs hit rock bottom

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Dave Dennis of the Waratahs is tackled by Nick White of the Brumbies during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium on July 7, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Greg Growden The Waratahs are now so clueless, so dishevelled they wouldn't even be able to beat an egg.

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