Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Quade will be welcomed back to Wallabies, says Deans

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Greg Growden in Johannesburg Australian Test coach Robbie Deans said today that he would gladly welcome Quade Cooper back into the Wallabies fold, despite the five-eighth's caustic remarks aimed at him.

Rugby

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.

Injury merry-go-round compounds captaincy conundrum

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have received encouraging news about their end-of-season northern hemisphere tour.

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Rugby Union

Wallabies told: No bull, it will be rough

Wallaby captain Nathan Sharpe wants speed to the breakdown.

Greg Growden Wallabies warned they are about to be involved in confronting and demanding Test match.

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The years, the men, the nights, the tours, the team ... the end

Greg Growden

Greg Growden After 20-odd years (with the emphasis on odd) of taking the mickey, it's time for the farewell Ruck and Maul column.

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Rugby

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.

Tahs chairman abandons ship

Waratahs

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are in disarray following the sudden resignation of chairman Edwin Zemancheff.

Rugby Union

Reliable Dennis a solid Cup pick

On the go: Waratah Dave Dennis will be a Wallaby on Saturday.

Greg Growden, Sydney Promoted to starting line-up as blindside flanker due to shoulder injury to Wycliff Palu.

Rugby

World Cup omission drives Dennis to greater heights

Dave Dennis

Greg Growden DAVE DENNIS' agony at missing out on last year's World Cup squad has at last brought reward with selection to play the All Blacks for the first time in Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup opener at ANZ...

Rugby's odd couple reunite

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Greg Growden IT IS almost like the rugby version of the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Danny DeVito movie Twins.

Deans rapidly running out of time after latest Kiwi debacle

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden The Australian Rugby Union will continue backing Robbie Deans, but patience is wearing thin.

Little love lost between old foes as Deans takes clear swipe at Henry

Graham Henry

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has had a clever dig at his old All Blacks foe Graham Henry while promoting next year's British and Irish Lions tour.

Rugby

Tahs dare to dream: SBW tops triple-header hit list

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Greg Growden A SENIOR NSW official is involved in an audacious plan to create a 2013 Waratahs dream team revolving around Ewen McKenzie, Phil Blake and Sonny Bill Williams.

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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Wallabies await ARU's staff report

James O'Connor

Greg Growden A report written by four former Test players will determine whether there will be radical changes to the Wallabies' off-field staff this year and also how the team prepares for internationals.

White says salary cap and lack of depth hold back Australian teams

Jake White

Greg Growden FORMER Springboks World Cup-winning coach Jake White has suddenly discovered why Australian teams have only occasionally won the Super Rugby tournament.

Rugby

Cooper may be out, but Reds believe the title is theirs to lose

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 09:  Queensland Reds Reds coach Ewen McKenzie (R) speaks as Reds captain James Horwill (L) looks on during the 2012 Super Rugby Media Launch at Doltone House on February 9, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Greg Growden EWEN McKENZIE has been on a fitness drive, lost the bulk around his girth, and looks taut, trim and terrific. But that doesn't mean the successful Reds coach has suddenly become feeble.

McKenzie has big plans for small pack

Ewen McKenzie

Greg Growden REDS coach Ewen McKenzie has learnt from last year's early season drubbing by the Waratahs and is bound to select a faster, more mobile forward pack when they meet in the Super Rugby opener in Sydney...

Monday Maul

Let the games begin: Foley steps up for pressure test

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Greg Growden Harry S. Truman knew plenty about pressure. And this is what the 33rd president of the United States thought about another mind-sapping pursuit: ''It's a lot tougher to be a football coach than a...

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Rugby

NSW side to face Reds a testament to player attrition

Sarel Pretorius

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are scheduled to have just eight survivors from their triumph over Queensland a year ago, when they meet the Reds at ANZ Stadium in the Super Rugby opening round on Saturday night - a...