Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Ewen McKenzie hails James Horwill's response as forwards scrap for World Cup spots

Rupert Guinness In three years James Horwill has gone from being feted as the Wallabies captain for the 2011 World Cup to a player dropped from the 23-man squad for the Bledisloe Cup.

Wallabies forwards back in spotlight for Bledisloe Cup clash with All Blacks

Impressive: Sam Carter has impressed Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Rupert Guinness For all the interest several major changes to the Wallabies back line attracted when the side to play against the All Blacks on Saturday was announced on Tuesday, coach Ewen McKenzie must have...

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Trio of stars better suited in Wallabies squad: Brisbane City's NRC coach Nick Stiles

Tough road ahead: James Horwill will attempt to force his way back into the Wallabies squad.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies prop and Brisbane City head coach Nick Stiles could be rubbing his hands in delight at the thought of having three contracted Wallabies on his National Rugby Championship roster -...

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Ewen McKenzie 'blessed’ in captaincy choices

David Pocock

Rupert Guinness With Wallabies captain Ben Mowen set to move overseas, the question is who will lead Australia against France in June and beyond to the World Cup next year.

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Tatafu Polota-Nau returns for Wallabies tour

Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Rupert Guinness Barnstorming hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will make his long-awaited return to Test rugby on the Wallabies' grand slam tour of Europe next month.

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Ex-captains laud Quade Cooper's attitude change

Quade Cooper

Rupert Guinness Quade Cooper, who last year described the Wallabies environment as “toxic”, has turned the corner in his attitude and is ready to display his leadership qualities in Saturday's Test...

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Genia hails 'instinctive' bond with Cooper

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 29:  Will Genia of the Reds offloads the ball during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Wallabies halfback Will Genia says the apparent telepathy between he and Queensland Reds five-eighth Quade Cooper is so strong that they are unafraid to throw caution to the wind when making snap...

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Horwill 'right man for job'

James Horwill

Rupert Guinness The appointment of second-rower James Horwill as Wallabies captain will help ensure Australia is not robbed of its leader due to the heightened physicality expected in the British and Irish Lions...

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Horwill captaincy will take pressure off Genia: Poidevin

Will Genia

Rupert Guinness The appointment of second-rower James Horwill as Wallabies captain ahead of Will Genia for the British and Irish Lions series will help take the pressure off the halfback, according to Wallaby legend...

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Enough talk, let's get on with it, says Horwill

James Horwill

Rupert Guinness Wallabies captain James Horwill has had enough of all the talk pumping up the British and Irish Lions Test series. He just wants to get on with it.

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Golden opportunity - and more counselling - awaits Beale

Kurtley Beale

Rupert Guinness For a fleeting moment on Tuesday, Kurtley Beale seemed comfortable speaking about his remarkable and fast return to the Wallabies fold after a series of alcohol-related incidents led him to...

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'We're ready for a physical test' - Lions' giants don't daunt McMeniman

Hugh McMeniman

Rupert Guinness Ask Hugh McMeniman and he will tell you size doesn't matter - at least when it comes to the British and Irish Lions squad.

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'Big Kev' a leader, on and off field

Rupert Guinness Wallabies captain James Horwill is all set to unleash his passion on the field.

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Horwill's back in charge and is ready to roar

James Horwill

Rupert Guinness THERE were two indelible images of Wallabies captain James Horwill during the Reds game against the British and Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane a fortnight ago.

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New scrum law will take time for teams to learn

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness "Let's give it a crack," South African referee Craig Joubert told the two opposing forward packs nine minutes into Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup Test.

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All Blacks the test for Deans

Robbie Deans.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Robbie Deans may have had his contract renewed last year, but he still faces pressure to prove he is the best man to steer the national side to the next World Cup in England, judging...

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Tahs stage greatest escape to down Reds

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Wycliff Palu of the Waratahs leaves the field injured during the round one Super 14 match between the Reds and the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on February 13, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Wycliff Palu

Rupert Guinness A last-minute Wycliff Palu try broke Queensland hearts as NSW got out of jail 30-28 in a Super 14 interstate classic at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.