Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Cooper, Beale saved by Deans for Springboks clash

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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Barnes calls on pack to let backs apply running game

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Wallabies backs, infuriated they have been branded conservative and defence-oriented, want to use the Springboks Test to remind all they actually know how to score tries, and plenty of them.

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.

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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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McCabe's return pushes Beale to the bench for Pumas

Pat McCabe of the Brumbies.

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans believes axed fullback Kurtley Beale's conditioning must improve before he can again be considered for a starting Test spot.

Rugby Union

Deans puts Beale on notice

Kurtley Beale tackles South African winger Bryan Habana during the Rugby Championship Test in Perth.

Greg Growden Wallabies coach believes axed full-back Kurtley Beale's conditioning must improve.

Rugby Union

Wallabies survive a mauling

Wallabies

Greg Growden, Gold Coast The Wallabies were bashed, smashed and almost crashed, but held on long enough for a brave four-point victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast last night.

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Wallabies hold off fierce Pumas

Greg Growden THE WALLABIES were bashed, smashed and almost crashed, but somehow held on long enough to be able to enjoy a brave 23-19 victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast last night.

Rugby Union

Luck plays a part in Wallabies' last-ditch win

South Africa vs Australia

Greg Growden The Wallabies, delighted they kept their composure during the 23-19 victory over Argentina, are realistic enough to know luck may have been on their side during the dying stages of the Gold Coast...

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Benched Beale will have to work his way back - Deans

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans believes axed fullback Kurtley Beale's conditioning must improve before he can again be considered for a starting Test spot.

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Wallabies pass test with bit of luck

Digby Ioane

Greg Growden THE Wallabies, delighted they kept their composure in the final quarter to defeat Argentina, are realistic enough to know luck might have been on their side in the final minutes of the Gold Coast...

Fightback saves Deans for now, but great escape isn't over yet

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden It wasn't quite the momentous speech that Michael Lynagh made to his Wallabies teammates behind the Lansdowne Road goalposts in 1991 that led to the match-winning try against Ireland in the 1991...

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Deans reserves praise for everyone but error-prone Cooper

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden WHILE delighted his team showed great resolve to overhaul the Pumas, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is well aware the Test five-eighth position remains a problem area.

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Desperate Wallabies sneak past Pumas

Wallabies

Greg Growden The Wallabies were bashed, smashed and almost crashed, but somehow held on long enough able to enjoy a brave four-point victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast last night.

Poor record in Pretoria motivates Wallabies

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: The Wallabies don't like dredging up their past, which is understandable as it involves numerous black holes.

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Beale gets recall as Cooper fires up

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: Kurtley Beale is psyching himself up for his first starting appearance in the Wallabies No.

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Broken Wallabies humiliated by South Africa

South Africa's Bryan Habana scores a try during their Rugby Championship test match against Australia's Wallabies in Pretoria, September 29 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Greg Growden The Wallabies were smashed up and spat out by the Springboks, thrashed five tries to one while suffering a horrendous injury toll at Loftus Versfeld this morning.

Rugby Union

Injury toll in Wallabies loss

Kurtley Beale, right, makes a catch as South Africa's captain Jean de Villiers defends.

Greg Growden, Pretoria Wallabies coach Robbie Deans admitted he had never witnessed a more bizarre Test.

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Aussie trio vie for fullback in Argentina test

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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.

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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...