Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby Union

Arbib waits on review role

Greg Growden Former federal sports minister awaiting directions from Australian Rugby Union over his role.

Rugby

NSW set to lose power in ARU shake-up

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05:  The Minister for Sport Mark Arbib (R) speaks as Wallaby captain James Horwill (L) looks on during the official Australian Wallabies Rugby World Cup 2011 farewell at Sydney Town Hall on September 5, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Greg Growden FORMER federal minister for sport and committed Waratahs fan Mark Arbib is awaiting directions from the Australian Rugby Union over his role in a major review that is expected to lead to a fully...

Cosgrove, Arbib to lead ARU review

Greg Growden AN ARU corporate governance review, which is expected to call for dramatic changes including a fully independent board, is scheduled to be completed by October.

ARU review will help game get its mojo back

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Greg Growden An Australian Rugby Union corporate governance review is long overdue and an important step towards convincing all that the game's administration at the top end is actually professional and no longer...

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Crouch, touch, pause, disengage - scrum blight set for the chop

Greg Growden The IRB has for some time been known as the Irrational Rugby Board, due to its fair share of dopey decisions over the years.

Rugby

Give me five: O'Neill argues local sides are strong enough

John O'Neill

Greg Growden AUSTRALIAN Rugby Union chief John O'Neill believes complaints that Australia doesn't have the playing numbers to warrant a fifth Super Rugby team and the local conference is not pulling its weight...

Gallop should take a run at sorting out Waratahs

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Greg Growden A heartfelt plea to David Gallop. C'mon David, I know deep, deep down you actually don't mind rugby union. Don't deny it.

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Rugby

Loss to Scots gives doubters more ammo to target Deans

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden ROBBIE DEANS looked devastated after the loss to Scotland in Newcastle on Tuesday night. He wasn't much brighter when he arrived in Brisbane late yesterday - because he had been out-coached by...

Rugby

Club boss could face the sack if rort proved

Super Rugby ball

Greg Growden THE Australian Rugby Union will investigate claims that one of its Super Rugby provinces is involved in an elaborate scheme to avoid salary-cap restrictions.

Rugby

Early start for Super Rugby to fit around tours

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Greg Growden THE Australian rugby season is about to get even longer, with Super Rugby likely to start earlier in February to accommodate next year's three-Test British and Irish Lions tour.

Tahs officials make farce first stop on itinerary

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

Stalwart sees parallel in wounded '78 Wallabies

Greg Growden Analysis: The Wallabies brains trust could not have chosen a better former Test player than Tony Shaw to present the jerseys to the team in Auckland yesterday, and to remind them that all is not lost.

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.

West not best for Wallabies

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Greg Growden The decision to stage Wallabies Tests against NRL and AFL finals matches has hit a snag. While the idea in essence has merit, it becomes a fizzer when the Wallabies are struggling, and those in...

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

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

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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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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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Union

Wallabies unsettled by Cooper's outburst

Quade Cooper.

Greg Growden, Pretoria He is thousands of kilometres away, but Quade Cooper's shadow hangs over the Wallabies.

ARU boss to discuss comments with Cooper after 'cooling off'

Rugby. Wallabies training, Leichhardt Oval.Wallabies players training before Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.Quade CooperThursday 16th August, 2012SMH SPORT pics by anthony johnson

Greg Growden PRETORIA: The Australian Rugby Union will wait until after the end of the Rugby Championship to try to solve its dispute with disenchanted Test five-eighth Quade Cooper.

Off-the-ball exchanges a winner

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Greg Growden No matter if they are victors or losers today, the Wallabies will leave Argentina having won over the locals.

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