Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald
Greg Growden AFTER the despair of Sydney, Auckland and another doomed Bledisloe Cup campaign, the Wallabies headed to the other side of the country in search of pain relief. No such luck.
Greg Growden Will Genia becomes third Australian Test skipper in a row to suffer a season-ending injury.
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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.
Greg Growden Not surprisingly, Waratahs coach Michael Foley was talking tough after his team put up the white flag against the Western Force.
Greg Growden What absolute nonsense. Another loss, a dreadful start to the season, and adding to the horror, the Waratahs are booed yet again by their home crowd.
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.
Greg Growden The Wallabies have certainly discovered this season whether there is actually any depth in Australian rugby.
Greg Growden The Wallabies have received encouraging news about their end-of-season northern hemisphere tour.
Greg Growden HE IS thousands of kilometres away, but Quade Cooper's shadow still hangs heavily over the Wallabies as they try to stay focused on becoming the first Australian team to win at Loftus Versfeld.
Greg Growden At Eden Park, a capacity crowd - loving every minute of the Wallabies being brutally carved up by the All Blacks butchers - were involved in a red-nose day for charity.
Greg Growden Six Super Rugby rounds completed and Australian rugby has been hit for six.
Greg Growden THE WARATAHS have been told they must become loud and proud, turning into chatterboxes to ensure they continue their perfect West Australian record when they play the Force in Perth on Friday night.
Greg Growden THE Waratahs will be embarking on a honey badger hunting expedition tonight. No, they're not heading to Africa in pursuit of the fearless predator but want to capture the Force midfielder Nick...
Greg Growden The Waratahs have snared breakaway Michael Hooper, but they missed out on two other Brumbies - Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano.
Greg Growden Player power is alive and well in Perth. First the Force players were instrumental in coach Richard Graham being farewelled early after it was revealed he was off to the Queensland Reds next season.
Greg Growden While the Queensland Reds are delighted Will Genia has agreed to a $200,000 salary haircut to remain in Brisbane, the Force have been destabilised by his about-face, adding more pressure on them to...
Greg Growden INDIVIDUAL battles and how certain players perform under pressure in Canberra tonight and Christchurch tomorrow will have an enormous bearing on the make-up of the 35-man Wallabies squad to play...
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Greg Growden Australian rugby relationships are frayed right across the country. The Reds and Force are far from pally over Will Genia's backflip.
Greg Growden THEY lose their head coach, Richard Graham, to the Reds. Then Will Genia does an about face and opts not to move to Perth.
Greg Growden MICHAEL CHEIKA is in high demand as three Australian provinces, including the Waratahs, and numerous overseas clubs are certain to approach him following yesterday's news that he will not continue as...