Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Two games, a dozen battles in fight for Test spots

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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Call of duty for ambushed Wallabies

James O'Connor

Greg Growden CONCERNS that the Wallabies may suffer an embarrassment similar to losing to Samoa last season and Scotland in 2009 have convinced Test selectors to force key players to back up three times in one...

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Out with old, in with the new for Wallabies

Greg Growden dinkus

Greg Growden DURING his five seasons as Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has constantly selected newcomers from left field. Some haven't worked, many have.

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Pocock to get call-up for captain

Greg Growden Wallabies selectors are expected to rest James Horwill for the opening Test against Scotland on June 5, with David Pocock in line to lead the team in Newcastle.

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Kurtley Beale ruled out of Wallabies squad

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03:  Kurtley Beale of the Rebels is tackled during the Super Rugby trial match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Chiefs at Simonds Stadium on February 3, 2012 in Geelong, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Greg Growden The Wallabies have suffered another major injury blow with Rebels utility Kurtley Beale ruled of the four Tests in June against Scotland and Wales.

Hamstring tear has Horwill on sidelines, while onerous challenge excites Pocock

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28:  David Pocock (R) boxes with Saia Faingaa (L) during an Australian Wallabies training session at Coogee Oval on May 28, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Greg Growden WALLABIES captain James Horwill is facing an extended period on the sideline after scans last night revealed a significant hamstring tear.

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Cooper skids into Wallabies contention

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden QUADE COOPER was fast-tracked into the Wallabies' train-on squad last night because of concerns that Kurtley Beale, the first choice Test five-eighth, might not be able to play against Scotland in...

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Deans puts his faith in newcomers and those tried and trusted

Berrick Barnes.

Greg Growden ROBBIE DEANS is adamant the Waratahs he has selected in tomorrow night's Test team to play Scotland in Newcastle will soon forget their provincial woes and immediately produce for their country.

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Leading by example: Deans delighted with captain fantastic Pocock

Australia's David Pocock, bottom, reaches for a loose ball while playing against Wales at their rugby union test match in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, June 9, 2012. Australia won the test 27-19. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Greg Growden LAST Tuesday night, David Pocock was suffering from hypothermia and must have wondered what he had done wrong to have his first Test as Wallabies skipper coincide with one of their most embarrassing...

Coach says confident Wales need a flying start if they want to swing series

Genia

Greg Growden WALES believe if they perform at pace, excel in the first half, and nullify Will Genia and David Pocock they will overcome the disappointment of Brisbane and win the second Test in Melbourne tomorrow...

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Mixed news on Horwill, O'Connor

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Greg Growden THE Wallabies are resigned to not seeing their Test captain James Horwill until at least the end-of-season northern hemisphere tour, but the chances of their first-choice five-eighth James O'Connor...

Nathan Sharpe available for Rugby Championship

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Greg Growden Wallabies forward Nathan Sharpe has agreed to extend his career for another two months, enabling the 104-Test veteran to compete in the inaugural Rugby Championship which features former Tri Nations...

Timani tastes life at Sharpe end

Nathan Sharpe

Greg Growden NATHAN SHARPE is remaining with the Wallabies until at least October, but the promotion of Sitaleki Timani to the Test starting XV shows the preparations for the future have already begun.

Union

Great expectations as McCabe's star continues to rise

Pat McCabe of the Wallabies.

Greg Growden In just over a year Pat McCabe has experienced the most extraordinary of rises - from a Test blow-in to someone considered a future Wallabies captain.

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Deans delighted to let McCabe take centre stage

Pat McCabe

Greg Growden IN JUST over a year, Pat McCabe has experienced the most extraordinary of rises - from a Test blow-in to someone considered a future Wallabies captain.

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Turner's horror season ends on high note

Lachie Turner

Greg Growden THE Waratahs have lost the ability to win matches, but the Wallabies selectors still believe they can get something out of the struggling NSW players.

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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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...

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...

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Genia last leader standing

Will Genia

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