Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Nathan Sharpe available for Rugby Championship

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...

Why Foley had to go

Michael Foley

Greg Growden MICHAEL FOLEY wanted to continue as Waratahs coach, but in the end it became too hard. Too many barriers had been placed in front of him, forcing him to stand down yesterday and head to the Western...

Rugby Union

Wallabies go for experience

Wallaby warriors: Nathan Sharpe (left) and Radike Samo get playful with Kurtley Beale.

Greg Growden, Sydney Drew Mitchell, Radike Samo and Nathan Sharpe included in 30-man Rugby Championship squad.

Rugby

Wallabies put stock in experience

Radike Samo

Greg Growden THE Wallabies selectors love picking novices, but have shown by including Drew Mitchell, Radike Samo and Nathan Sharpe in the 30-man Rugby Championship squad they haven't forgotten their tribal...

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?

Blades of steel: bid to get forwards to raise the standard of set pieces

Nathan Sharpe

Greg Growden TIRED of being penalised for having a suspect scrum, the Wallabies pack this year will try to prove they are faultless up front to ensure a better deal from referees.

Rugby

Loe blow: 'Wallabies have no hope'

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Greg Growden FORMER All Blacks prop Richard Loe says the Wallabies will win only one of their six Rugby Championship matches. The New Zealand media reckons Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is on his last legs.

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

Wallabies seek to make talk action

Michael Hooper.

Greg Growden, Sydney Wallabies head to Auckland in vain hope of keeping the Bledisloe Cup series alive.

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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.

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Pack mentality: Wallabies told to back up the big talk

Stephen Moore

Greg Growden AT LEAST the Wallabies forwards are talking tough. Sitaleki Timani believes it is time the Australian pack stopped being ''nice'' to the All Blacks and Stephen Moore is infuriated that the Wallabies...

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Phipps takes next step in rise up the pecking order

Nick Phipps

Greg Growden IF WALLABIES breakaway Dave Dennis gives the team's new halfback Nick Phipps the glare during Saturday night's Test against Argentina on the Gold Coast there is a reason.

Rugby Union

Wallabies survive a mauling

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Greg Growden, Gold Coast The Wallabies were bashed, smashed and almost crashed, but held on long enough for a brave four-point victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast last night.

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Wallabies hold off fierce Pumas

Greg Growden THE WALLABIES were bashed, smashed and almost crashed, but somehow held on long enough to be able to enjoy a brave 23-19 victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast last night.