Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Oh, baby! Wallabies, Barnes will long remember June 16

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Greg Growden At midday on Saturday, an emotionally drained Berrick Barnes was holding his newborn premature baby at the Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick. Test football was the last thing on his mind.

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Self-belief and fitness lift revitalised line-up for the final surge when it matters most

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Greg Growden SLOWLY but surely the Wallabies are winning the tight ones. As their coach realises, it is only when they do that regularly can they properly push for the No.1 international rugby ranking.

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Off-field woes no distraction to Beale

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden KURTLEY BEALE can concentrate on his on-field performance against Wales on Saturday as Wallabies officials made it abundantly clear yesterday that discussing his latest off-field drama involving an...

Wallabies write another chapter of Welsh woe

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Greg Growden You almost expected Alfred Hitchcock to appear out of the mist from the Wallabies' dressing room last night and utter: ''Good evening.''

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Deans delighted to let McCabe take centre stage

Pat McCabe

Greg Growden IN JUST over a year, Pat McCabe has experienced the most extraordinary of rises - from a Test blow-in to someone considered a future Wallabies captain.

Tahs to reshuffle back line

Lachie Turner

Greg Growden THE Waratahs will start Lachie Turner on the wing, play Bernard Foley at No.10 and move Adam Ashley-Cooper to fullback as part of a dramatic back-line reshuffle for Saturday night's match against the...

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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.

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Rock-solid defence key to blunting the All Blacks

Will Genia

Greg Growden THE Wallabies have struggled to score tries this year but still believe they have the attacking prowess and game breakers to worry the All Blacks in tomorrow night's Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney.

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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

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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.

Little love lost between old foes as Deans takes clear swipe at Henry

Graham Henry

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has had a clever dig at his old All Blacks foe Graham Henry while promoting next year's British and Irish Lions tour.

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

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

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A Rocky start under Cheika

Greg Growden If, as expected, Michael Cheika is announced the new Waratahs coach in the next few days, don't be surprised if a former Wallabies captain is again sighted wandering around Moore Park.

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Wounded Waratahs send for wing

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21:  Kurtley Beale of the Rebels takes a high ball during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Rebels at Allianz Stadium on April 21, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs have been forced to look outside their 30-man squad to fill their depleted back line, with Sydney University's Peter Betham in line for a wing spot against the Crusaders in Sydney on...

Waratahs ready to wing it and make Kingston central to plans

Waratahs v Tonga at the SFS. Tom Kingston Friday February 17th 2012Pictures Steve Christo

Greg Growden WARATAHS selectors are seriously considering moving Tom Kingston from the wing to the midfield as a way to ease the pain of their ever growing list of unavailable players for Sunday's match against...

Reds stars under scrutiny as Deans plans for Wales

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 03: Robbie Deans, Head Coach       of Australia looks on ahead of the Test match between Wales and the       Australian Wallabies at Millennium Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Cardiff,       Wales. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) deans.jpg

Greg Growden THE importance of the Reds-Crusaders match tomorrow is shown by Wallabies coach Robbie Deans heading across the Tasman to watch it.

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Seven changes as Tahs take Bulls by the horn

Super 15 Rugby. Waratahs vs Reds. ANZ Stadium.pic shows Sarel Pretorius scoring.Saturday 25th February, 2012SUN HERALD SPORT pics by anthony johnson

Greg Growden THE WARATAHS will react to their embarrassing loss to the Brumbies by making up to seven changes, including the promotion of Sarel Pretorius and the demotion of Tom Carter, for Friday night's game...

Waratahs beef up back line for Bulls battle

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Waratahs' South African halfback Sarel Pretorius has told his teammates the only way to beat the Bulls is to be physical - and the selectors have responded by bolstering their arsenal for Friday...

Visitors barge over to leave Tahs scratching their heads

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Greg Growden THE long flight from Sydney to Johannesburg is a trial at the best of times. But for the Waratahs, who head to the Republic this morning, it will turn into a torture trip, as they will spend hour...

Waratahs selections to focus on forwards rotation for must-win clash

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Greg Growden THE Waratahs are expected to again rotate several forwards, with Dave Dennis and Sitaleki Timani in line to return to the starting line-up for this weekend's match against the Stormers in Cape Town.