Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Wallabies fear Scots could inflict Samoa mark II

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Greg Growden Wallabies management are concerned there may be a repeat of the Samoa debacle if they are unable to prepare properly for their opening Test in June against Scotland.

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Ruck and Maul

Cheika could check in back home

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

Deans ready with replay button as new faces audition

Super Rugby. Waratahs training at Lakeside oval opposite the SCG. pic shows Wallabies coach Robbie Deans at waratahs training.Thursday 1st March, 2012SMH SPORT pics by anthony johnson

Greg Growden ON AUSTRALIA'S Super Rugby Saturday, several fringe Wallabies candidates have the chance to convince the selectors they are ready for top-level football.

Ruck and Maul

Tahs say no thanks to failed five

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Greg Growden Expect plenty of new faces at the Waratahs next year. According to our Waratahs snouts, five squad members have in the past week been told they will not be getting contract extensions.

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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Glowing start but hosts relax too soon

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Greg Growden Twenty-six seconds. That's all the Waratahs thought it would take to topple the Rebels when they were celebrating their first try just moments after kick-off.

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Wallabies eye Beale as new Test five-eighth

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden KURTLEY BEALE is poised to take over the Test five-eighth spot due to James O’Connor’s unavailability for the Wallabies internationals in June, while Dan Vickerman’s playing future is again clouded.

Injuries and departures give Beale room to make his mark as playmaker

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden THE push for Kurtley Beale to take over the Wallabies Test five-eighth spot next month will turn into a massive shove if he holds his own against Springboks No.

Monday Maul

Reds' revival has repercussions far beyond win on scoresheet

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Greg Growden The local administrators are happy because the Australian conference can produce a match worth watching. Those pushing for Sunday afternoon football are delighted as it lures a 36,000-plus crowd.

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Back in business: Cooper looms as the perfect 10 against Scotland

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28:  Quade Cooper passes during an Australian Wallabies training session at Coogee Oval on May 28, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Greg Growden QUADE COOPER is adamant that despite seven months on the sidelines and only a game-and-a-half of Super Rugby he is ready to be the Wallabies' chief playmaker against Scotland in Newcastle next week.