Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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?

Rugby

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...

Union

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...

Rugby

Wallabies forwards get rev-up from White

Jake White

Greg Growden SPRINGBOKS World Cup-winning coach Jake White has called on the Wallabies forwards to dramatically lift their standards against South Africa tomorrow night, otherwise they will suffer their third...

Wallabies' fragile confidence shot full of holes out in the wild west

Faingaa

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.

Rugby Union

Wary Wallabies three captains down

Will Genia is treated for an injury during the Rugby Championship match against South Africa.

Greg Growden Will Genia becomes third Australian Test skipper in a row to suffer a season-ending injury.

Rugby

Genia gone for six months as captain's curse strikes

Will Genia

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.

Get well soon, fellas: Wallabies have an entire Test team in the infirmary

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have certainly discovered this season whether there is actually any depth in Australian rugby.

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Injury merry-go-round compounds captaincy conundrum

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

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Rugby

Robinson in running to lead from the front

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 30:  Benn Robinson during the Waratahs training session at Northwood School on May 30, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Greg Growden FRONT-ROWERS are rarely handed the captaincy reins, but Test prop Benn Robinson is suddenly in strong contention to be the Waratahs' skipper for the opening month of 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.

Rugby Union

O'Connor seals place at No.10

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 06: James O'Connor of the Wallabies lines up a conversion during the Test match between Wales and the Australian Wallabies at Millennium Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Greg Growden James O'Connor says he is ready, willing and able to play his first Test at number ten.

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...

Greg Growden

Tahs' new faces need the spirit of an old rivalry

Greg Growden GONE are the days when matches between NSW and Queensland were the be-all and end-all of Australian rugby.

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.

Rugby

Wounded Reds help Sharks regain bite before road trip

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 17: James Horwill of the St.George Queensland Reds in action during the Super Rugby match between The Sharks and Reds at Mr Price Kings Park on March 17, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs woes continue to grow, with their next opponent - the Sharks - getting the required confidence boost before their road trip by enjoying one of their most spirited comebacks in years to...

Rugby

With Mitchell over a barrel, Cooper could answer SOS

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02:  Cooper Vuna of the Rebels is tackled by Tom Carter of the Waratahs during the round two Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on March 2, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Greg Growden DOUBTS over whether Drew Mitchell will play Test football this season have improved Rebels winger Cooper Vuna's chances of being selected for the Wallabies.

Boks beat Wallabies everywhere, except on the scoreboard

RWC

Greg Growden Exceptional defence, utilising all of their limited opportunities and a pressure penalty goal kick by James O'Connor in the 72nd minute enabled the Wallabies to achieve the most courageous of World...

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Match report

Mitchell's nightmare injury run continues

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Greg Growden Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell's World Cup campaign appears over after he suffered a debilitating leg injury during a topsy turvy 10-try victory over Russia at Trafalgar Park yesterday.