Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Kurtley Beale ruled out of Wallabies squad

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.

Rugby

Cummins, Tapuai plug latest gaps in Test team

Ben Tapuai

Greg Growden ROSARIO: The Wallabies merry-go-round continues to spin with two more newcomers - Nick Cummins and Ben Tapuai - joining the Test team, taking the tally of players who have appeared in the green and...

Rugby

Wounded and weary Wallabies relying on pride to earn result

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Kurtley Beale of the Australian Wallabies is tackled during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at Skilled Park on September 15, 2012 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wherever they have gone in Argentina this week, there has been no reprieve for the Wallabies.

Rugby

Laser-boot Harris guides Wallabies home

Australia v Argentina

Greg Growden The Wallabies enjoyed one of their most courageous wins in recent times when they overcame an Argentine ambush in Rosario this morning.

Rugby

Beale aims for a perfect 10 to cement Wallabies five-eighth spot

Australia's Kurtley Beale, right, makes a catch as South Africa's captain Jean de Villiers, left, defends during their Rugby Championship at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.  (AP Photo / Themba Hadebe)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Kurtley Beale may only be the latest Test stop-gap measure at five-eighth until James O'Connor returns to the Wallabies, but the Rebels utility wants to make the pivotal spot his own.

Wallabies up to the Test as newcomers show mettle

Ben Alexander

Greg Growden ROSARIO: On this night, at this venue, on this occasion, the Wallabies could easily have lost their way.

Super stars and villains

Greg Growden dinkus

Greg Growden And then there were none. With no Australian presence in the final two weeks of the Super Rugby tournament, it's time to hand out the Monday Maul gongs.

Union

All Blacks' house of bricks too tough for huff-and-puff Wallabies

Greg Growden THE WALLABIES are the ultimate huff and puff merchants. They can talk it up, and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter, and fall short.

Rugby Union

Lost Wallabies fade to Black

Rising high: Wallaby Dave Dennis jumps in the lineout in the Bledisloe Cup match last night. Otherwise it was a low night for the Wallabies.

Greg Growden, Sydney All Blacks get the better of Wallabies in the opening game of the Rugby Championship.

Bumbling Wallabies give All Blacks victory

Israel Dagg

Greg Growden The Wallabies are the ultimate huff-and-puff merchants. They can talk it up and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter and fall short.

Rugby union

Cooper poised for Eden Park return as out-of-form Beale faces tough questions

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale is in serious danger of being dropped for the return Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland on Saturday after an error-strewn performance against the All Blacks in Sydney.

Hooper faces ultimate Test as woes continue

Michael Cooper

Greg Growden THE Wallabies' woes continued last night when their tighthead prop Sekope Kepu was ruled out of Saturday night's Test against the All Blacks in Auckland after damaging his medial ligament in training.

Stats don't lie - figures show Cooper's the king

Greg Growden dinkus

Greg Growden Do not fear. The Wallabies might be in turmoil, and no one gives them any hope of winning at Eden Park. But the man who knows best how to beat the All Blacks is back.

Harder line better late than never

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden BY DROPPING Kurtley Beale from the starting line-up, an often lenient Wallabies administration is showing a far tougher approach. And not before time.

Real Quade tipped to stand up to Boks

Greg Growden dinkus

Greg Growden Quade Cooper did not excite too many with his lacklustre performance against the All Blacks in Auckland last Saturday night.

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.

Rugby Union

Shipperley in the running to speed up Wallabies back line

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25:  Dom Shipperley of the Reds celebrates scoring the winning try during the round one Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Reds at ANZ Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Greg Growden Dom Shipperley is in line to play his first Test match and Kurtley Beale is expected to return to the Wallabies' fullback position for Saturday night's Test match against the Springboks in Perth.

Rugby

Wallabies look at speed to burn Boks

Dom Shipperley of the Reds.

Greg Growden DOM SHIPPERLEY is in line to play his first Test match and Kurtley Beale is expected to return to the Wallabies' fullback position for Saturday night's Test against the Springboks in Perth.

Cooper, Beale saved by Deans for Springboks clash

Wallabies players training before Bledisloe Cup on Saturday. Quade Cooper.

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has again shown faith in two of his Three Amigos by returning Kurtley Beale to the starting line-up and giving Quade Cooper another chance at No.

Rugby

Barnes calls on pack to let backs apply running game

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Wallabies backs, infuriated they have been branded conservative and defence-oriented, want to use the Springboks Test to remind all they actually know how to score tries, and plenty of them.