Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Time for Tahs to shake off Crusaders curse

Greg Growden THERE'S no point asking most of the Waratahs what is the key to beating the Crusaders, because they haven't got a clue.

NSW turning attention to across the Tasman in search of utility back

Atieli Pakalani

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are looking across the Tasman for a midfielder who can play at five-eighth and fullback after missing out on Reds utility Ben Lucas.

Rugby

Seven changes as Tahs take Bulls by the horn

Super 15 Rugby. Waratahs vs Reds. ANZ Stadium.pic shows Sarel Pretorius scoring.Saturday 25th February, 2012SUN HERALD SPORT pics by anthony johnson

Greg Growden THE WARATAHS will react to their embarrassing loss to the Brumbies by making up to seven changes, including the promotion of Sarel Pretorius and the demotion of Tom Carter, for Friday night's game...

Bungles and brain snaps cost dearly, says Gaffney

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden ALAN GAFFNEY'S many years coaching in Australia, Ireland and Britain have taught him that teams crucify themselves if they mess up their attacking opportunities.

Waratahs beef up back line for Bulls battle

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Waratahs' South African halfback Sarel Pretorius has told his teammates the only way to beat the Bulls is to be physical - and the selectors have responded by bolstering their arsenal for Friday...

Five essential ingredients to get within Bulls' roar

Greg Growden 1. Take advantage of any opposition leg-up

Waratahs selections to focus on forwards rotation for must-win clash

Timani

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are expected to again rotate several forwards, with Dave Dennis and Sitaleki Timani in line to return to the starting line-up for this weekend's match against the Stormers in Cape Town.

Rugby

Tahs brass vows 'repercussions' if team pulls off yet another loss

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Greg Growden How the Waratahs fare against the Cheetahs on Sunday will not only determine whether they end an exasperating, month-long losing streak but will also impact on the future of numerous leading team...

Rugby union

Much more than pride on the line

Greg Growden Waratahs-Reds encounters - the longest rivalry in Australian rugby - revolve around personal pride.

Tahs officials make farce first stop on itinerary

Greg Growden The antics at the Waratahs and Force keep getting crazier.

Rugby

Waratahs to turn up excitement without kicking out game plan

Michael Foley

Greg Growden THE call to be more extravagant has come from above, but don't expect the Waratahs to suddenly become the great entertainers of this year's Super Rugby tournament.

Rugby

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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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.

'Sore' Barnes ruled out as Elsom's rocky start persists

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden The NSW Waratahs have been dealt a fresh injury blow with Wallabies star Berrick Barnes ruled out of Friday’s Super Rugby clash with the Melbourne Rebels.

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REBELS 19 WARATAHS 35

Rebels beaten to the punch with speed, spite and Sarel

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Greg Growden IT was a turbulent night when the meek were soon exposed.

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This team needs strong leadership, so here's to you, Mr Robinson

Greg Growden Not surprisingly, Waratahs coach Michael Foley was talking tough after his team put up the white flag against the Western Force.

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Rugby

Sevens star Foley to fill fullback role for Tahs

Bernard Foley

Greg Growden AUSTRALIAN Sevens captain Bernard Foley is preparing to take over as the Waratahs fullback against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday night, with Adam Ashley-Cooper discovering he will have another...

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Third time lucky: Barnes' storming session leaves Carter on outer

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden The Waratahs have named Berrick Barnes at inside-centre for Saturday's clash against the Highlanders, forcing last week's two-try hero, Tom Carter, to the bench.

Worried Waratahs get boost in Barnes

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden BERRICK BARNES will at last appear in the Waratahs No.10 jersey, Tom Carter is in contention for a midfield spot and a new captain is in the offing as the Waratahs try to salvage their season by...

Tahs ready to bench marquee halfback

Sarel Pretorius

Greg Growden THE Waratahs' marquee overseas signing Sarel Pretorius is in danger of being demoted to the bench for his team's first encounter of the year against his countrymen when they play the Sharks in Sydney...