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...

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.

Wallabies' fragile confidence shot full of holes out in the wild west

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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

Wallabies

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.

Union

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.

Rugby

Hamstring injury puts paid to O'Connor hopes

James O'Connor

Greg Growden JAMES O'CONNOR'S plan to be part of the Wallabies squad heading to South Africa and Argentina later this month, where he hoped to regain his Test five-eighth spot, are over due to ongoing hamstring...

Rugby

Wallabies pass test with bit of luck

Digby Ioane

Greg Growden THE Wallabies, delighted they kept their composure in the final quarter to defeat Argentina, are realistic enough to know luck might have been on their side in the final minutes of the Gold Coast...

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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Deans reserves praise for everyone but error-prone Cooper

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden WHILE delighted his team showed great resolve to overhaul the Pumas, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is well aware the Test five-eighth position remains a problem area.

Rugby

Desperate Wallabies sneak past Pumas

Wallabies

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

Rugby

Boks ready to exploit Beale the bold

Kurtley Beale.

Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: The Springboks were quick to apply the drip treatment on the new Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale by arguing his selection will help their game plan during Saturday night's Test in...

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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Sharpe changes tack as he shepherds green team into Pretoria's cauldron

Balmain Oval, Sydney. The Wallabies training session at Leichhardt Oval. Lock, Nathan Sharpe, putting on his own tape around his head. Photo: Quentin Jones. 21 Aug 2012.

Greg Growden WALLABIES captain Nathan Sharpe picked the right moment to demand from his teammates ''guts and character'' to put Argentina away a few weeks ago.

Rugby

Battered and bruised, Wallabies must make stand in Argentina

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Greg Growden Australian Rugby has endured the most dreadful of weeks. And next week could be even worse, with the Wallabies heading deeper into the horror tour from hell.

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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...