Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Fading Force: Cheika snub hits hard in Perth

Greg Growden Morale at the Western Force has slumped after Michael Cheika knocked back their offer to take over as head coach.

Rugby

Foley firms as Force candidate after Cheika slips through fingers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03:  Michael Foley, coach of the Waratahs looks on during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Allianz Stadium on July 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Western Force are still trying to persuade Michael Foley to leave the Waratahs and take over as head coach in Perth next year.

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Being torn by Force gave Genia strength

Greg Growden Chief Rugby Correspondent WALLABIES halfback Will Genia has credited his Australian Super Rugby Player of the Year award to ignoring a lucrative offer from the Force and remaining at the Reds.

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Force resigned to losing Pocock to Brumbies

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Wallabies captain David Pocock walks onto the field during the Australian Wallabies captain's run at Allianz Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Western Force have given up hope of holding onto captain David Pocock, who is expected to announce Sunday that he has joined the Brumbies.

Tahs officials make farce first stop on itinerary

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

Why Foley had to go

Michael Foley

Greg Growden MICHAEL FOLEY wanted to continue as Waratahs coach, but in the end it became too hard. Too many barriers had been placed in front of him, forcing him to stand down yesterday and head to the Western...

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Bozo shows Tahs how it's done

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Greg Growden Waratahland is getting wackier by the minute. Only the Waratahs would appoint a person as their interim coach who mid-season was under serious threat of being sacked by the same organisation.

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Wallabies put stock in experience

Radike Samo

Greg Growden THE Wallabies selectors love picking novices, but have shown by including Drew Mitchell, Radike Samo and Nathan Sharpe in the 30-man Rugby Championship squad they haven't forgotten their tribal...

Smiling assassin: Deans ready to show no mercy

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden Does it help or hinder you that the Australian provinces finished the Super Rugby season relatively early?

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Future looks gold as ill memories of loss fade

New Zealand

Greg Growden NEW ZEALAND will be wasting their time trying to psych out the Wallabies by reminding them of last year's World Cup semi-final loss, because it has been erased from their memory.

Union

It's time for a win, says Deans

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Wallabies captain David Pocock walks onto the field during the Australian Wallabies captain's run at Allianz Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden The Wallabies are buoyant after repeatedly peaking at the right time during the Wales Test series but know they are still well short of what is required to beat the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium tonight.

Mitchell and Barnes earn reward with Cup call-up

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Greg Growden BERRICK BARNES will be rewarded for his excellent series against Wales by holding onto the No.10 Test jersey, Dave Dennis is in line to move into the Wallabies' back row and Drew Mitchell's long wait...

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Confidence high, but belief alone won't beat All Blacks

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Greg Growden THE Wallabies are buoyant after repeatedly peaking at the right time during the Wales Test series, but know they are still well short of what is required to be confident of beating the All Blacks at...

Union

All Blacks' house of bricks too tough for huff-and-puff Wallabies

Greg Growden THE WALLABIES are the ultimate huff and puff merchants. They can talk it up, and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter, and fall short.

Rugby Union

Lost Wallabies fade to Black

Rising high: Wallaby Dave Dennis jumps in the lineout in the Bledisloe Cup match last night. Otherwise it was a low night for the Wallabies.

Greg Growden, Sydney All Blacks get the better of Wallabies in the opening game of the Rugby Championship.

Rugby Union

Pocock loss a Bledisloe blow

David Pocock has a word with Kurtley Beale during the Bledisloe Cup game.

Greg Growden, Sydney Wallabies' hopes of regaining Bledisloe Cup for first time in a decade become an impossible dream.

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Pocock injury adds to Wallabies' woes

David Pocock.

Greg Growden The Wallabies' hopes of regaining the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in a decade have become even more of an impossible dream after discovering their Test captain, David Pocock, may miss the rest...

Bumbling Wallabies give All Blacks victory

Israel Dagg

Greg Growden The Wallabies are the ultimate huff-and-puff merchants. They can talk it up and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter and fall short.

Union

Knee surgery makes Pocock latest leader to bow out

David Pocock

Greg Growden The Wallabies have discovered their leadership group is jinxed, with Will Genia the only man left standing after captain David Pocock yesterday discovered he may have played his last match for the...

Hooper faces ultimate Test as woes continue

Michael Cooper

Greg Growden THE Wallabies' woes continued last night when their tighthead prop Sekope Kepu was ruled out of Saturday night's Test against the All Blacks in Auckland after damaging his medial ligament in training.