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...

Wallabies beef up pack to prepare for tough battle with brutal Pumas

Tatafu Polota Nau

Greg Growden ROSARIO: In the land of gargantuan steaks and enormous forwards, the Wallabies will go for brawn in their pack to confront the Pumas on Saturday night.

Wallabies ready for character test

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 28: Nathan Sharpe talks to his team during the Australian national rugby team Captains Run at Loftus Versfeld on September 28, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images / Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wallabies captain Nathan Sharpe has told his players that even though they are missing a long line of key performers they can still prove they are a team with special character by rebounding...

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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...

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Wallabies told: No bull, it will be rough

Wallaby captain Nathan Sharpe wants speed to the breakdown.

Greg Growden Wallabies warned they are about to be involved in confronting and demanding Test match.

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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.

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.

Two games, a dozen battles in fight for Test spots

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Greg Growden INDIVIDUAL battles and how certain players perform under pressure in Canberra tonight and Christchurch tomorrow will have an enormous bearing on the make-up of the 35-man Wallabies squad to play...

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Paris adieu means chase on for Cheika

Michael Cheika

Greg Growden MICHAEL CHEIKA is in high demand as three Australian provinces, including the Waratahs, and numerous overseas clubs are certain to approach him following yesterday's news that he will not continue as...

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Call of duty for ambushed Wallabies

James O'Connor

Greg Growden CONCERNS that the Wallabies may suffer an embarrassment similar to losing to Samoa last season and Scotland in 2009 have convinced Test selectors to force key players to back up three times in one...

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Out with old, in with the new for Wallabies

Greg Growden dinkus

Greg Growden DURING his five seasons as Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has constantly selected newcomers from left field. Some haven't worked, many have.

Hamstring tear has Horwill on sidelines, while onerous challenge excites Pocock

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28:  David Pocock (R) boxes with Saia Faingaa (L) during an Australian Wallabies training session at Coogee Oval on May 28, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Greg Growden WALLABIES captain James Horwill is facing an extended period on the sideline after scans last night revealed a significant hamstring tear.

All eyes on Barnes as Wallabies spot rests on clash with Canes

barnes

Greg Growden The Wallabies have tried three different five-eighths at training this week - Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas and Mike Harris - but how Berrick Barnes fares in tonight's match for the Waratahs will determine...

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Cooper skids into Wallabies contention

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden QUADE COOPER was fast-tracked into the Wallabies' train-on squad last night because of concerns that Kurtley Beale, the first choice Test five-eighth, might not be able to play against Scotland in...

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Young guns' chance to avenge Murrayfield

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden DON'T mention the dreaded ''S'' word around the Wallabies. S for Samoa. S for Scotland. It immediately leads to cold S. S for sweats.

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Wallabies sweating on a bad memory from Murrayfield

NCH SPORT. Wallabies training at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. Michael Hooper shares a laugh with team mates during the photo shoot with a toy wallaby. 
4th JUNE 2012. Picture by SIMONE DE PEAK.

Greg Growden Don't mention the dreaded S word around the Wallabies. S for Samoa. S for Scotland. It immediately leads to cold S. S for sweats.

Sharpe still ready to hang up his boots

Nathan Sharpe

Greg Growden Despite being beckoned back to the Test stage, Wallabies veteran second-rower Nathan Sharpe, pictured, is not expected to change his decision to retire from football next month.

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Pocock rues litany of missed opportunities

David Pocockl

Greg Growden DAVID POCOCK'S first experience as Test captain was described succinctly by the Wallabies breakaway: ''Very disappointed and very cold.''

Backs to the wall as wing goes down

Cooper Vuna

Greg Growden THE Wallabies woes continued last night when they were forced into a back-line change, bringing in Rebels winger Cooper Vuna for Joe Tomane, who rolled his ankle at training.

Timani tastes life at Sharpe end

Nathan Sharpe

Greg Growden NATHAN SHARPE is remaining with the Wallabies until at least October, but the promotion of Sitaleki Timani to the Test starting XV shows the preparations for the future have already begun.