Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Waratahs prop Benn Robinson up front about forwards battle with Queensland Reds

Benn Robinson

Rupert Guinness Waratahs prop Benn Robinson is bracing for an upfront battle of Test intensity when his side take on the Queensland Reds on Saturday.

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Ewen McKenzie hails James Horwill's response as forwards scrap for World Cup spots

Positive response: Former Wallabies captain James Horwill.

Rupert Guinness In three years James Horwill has gone from being feted as the Wallabies captain for the 2011 World Cup to a player dropped from the 23-man squad for the Bledisloe Cup.

Pressure on Wallabies forwards to rise to the challenge

Daunting: Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles will make his run-on debut against the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness Most descriptions of the Wallabies forwards carry strong elements of doubt. As Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie recognised this week, they are a “maligned” pack.

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Kane Douglas says watching Wallabies was hard but still no regrets over Irish move

Happy with his choices: Kane Douglas.

Rupert Guinness Kane Douglas admits that watching the Wallabies clinch a 3-0 series win over France on television last Saturday pulled on the heart strings a little, knowing that he could have played in it had he...

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Cheika's men start in style as Folau dazzles

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Rupert Guinness What a sight it was: that of Waratahs lock Will Skelton and his 203-centimetre frame and 135 kilograms running direct and hard with the ball or in dogged defence in NSW's 43-21 win over the Force in...

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Dave Dennis fails to douse rumours of get-square against Brumbies

Waratahs captain Dave Dennis.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs captain Dave Dennis says this weekend's game against the Brumbies won't be a get-square over the Dublin drinking controversy last year. But his smile says otherwise.

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Prop Werner Kruger backs Bulls pack to roll Waratahs

Bulls forward Werner Kruger is ready to rumble with the Waratahs this weekend.

Rupert Guinness Bulls tight-head prop Werner Kruger has warned the Waratahs that his team's rolling maul is primed to be at its damaging best for Saturday's game in Sydney

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Wycliff Palu's return 'uplifting' as Waratahs face must-win game against Hurricanes

Fresh: Wycliff Palu back in full training with the Waratahs.

Rupert Guinness The impact of Wycliff Palu's return to the Waratahs' starting side extends beyond the trademark physicality and ball carrying capability that he brings to the side, says NSW prop Benn Robinson.

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Waratahs' scrum faces toughest Super Rugby test yet against Lions

Benn Robinson

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika's decision to appoint a defensive coach rather than a set-piece guru this season was always fraught with danger – and the price for it could emerge on Sunday...

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Waratahs veterans fed up with title talk and no trophy, says Dave Dennis

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24:  David Dennis of the Waratahs makes a break during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on May 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Every year the Waratahs say the same thing: they are ready to step up in their bid for a Super Rugby title. But as each season passes, the title remains frustratingly elusive.

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Ben Smith one to watch for Tahs defence, says Matt Burke

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs face a prime opportunity "to get their hands dirty" in defence against one of the most potent outside backs, All Black Ben Smith, in their Super Rugby trial against the Highlanders on...

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Super Rugby: NSW Waratahs' Paddy Ryan to start against the Force

Starter: Paddy Ryan.

Rupert Guinness Paddy Ryan doesn't like waiting, as he did for more than a year between playing his first and second Test.

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Robinson has focus on lifting club title

Waratah training prior to the nsw waratahs vs the Queensland reds this weekend.
Vice-Captain of the nsw Waratahs prop Benn Robinson at training today.
Photography Brendan Esposito
smh,24th february,2012

Rupert Guinness Benn Robinson has a score to settle - and it's not with Australian coach Ewen McKenzie for deciding not to select him for the Wallabies squad.

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Tatafu Polota-Nau returns for Wallabies tour

Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Rupert Guinness Barnstorming hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will make his long-awaited return to Test rugby on the Wallabies' grand slam tour of Europe next month.

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Robinson gives new coach the nod

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07:  Benn Robinson of the Waratahs walks during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Victoria Barracks on March 7, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness BENN ROBINSON is yet to talk at length with Michael Cheika about the challenge of winning an elusive Super Rugby title but after eight years in a side that has fallen short of its potential, the...

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Straight-talking Cheika puts 'reunited' Tahs through paces

Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika in training at Victoria barracks today.
Photography Brendan Esposito
smh,29th october,2012

Rupert Guinness MICHAEL CHEIKA had one concern after the Waratahs finished training in Monday's scorching heat: how his voice would last a full season.

Starting role offers Tilse chance to shape match, says Baxter

Tilse

Rupert Guinness IT HAS taken Jeremy Tilse seven years to earn his first start for the Waratahs, but now it has come, the Novocastrian has a rare chance to turn the match, says former Wallabies and NSW prop Al Baxter.

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Folau's start at fullback right choice, says Deans

Folau

Rupert Guinness THE decision by the NSW Waratahs to start Israel Folau at fullback against the Queensland Reds last Saturday was "absolutely" the right one, according to Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

Robinson returns for Tahs after wake-up call

Benn Robinson

Rupert Guinness WHEN Benn Robinson missed out on a starting place with the Waratahs in last Saturday's season opener, the Wallabies loose-head prop found the painful memories of being left out of the playing squad...

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Tahs stars hit for six as axe swings after hammering

Berrick Barnes.

Rupert Guinness If the Waratahs are planning to show they have learnt from the hiding the Brumbies gave them last Saturday, then they will have to do it without several of the players responsible for the result...