Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Quade will be welcomed back to Wallabies, says Deans

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Greg Growden in Johannesburg Australian Test coach Robbie Deans said today that he would gladly welcome Quade Cooper back into the Wallabies fold, despite the five-eighth's caustic remarks aimed at him.

Poor record in Pretoria motivates Wallabies

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Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: The Wallabies don't like dredging up their past, which is understandable as it involves numerous black holes.

Rugby

Beale gets recall as Cooper fires up

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Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: Kurtley Beale is psyching himself up for his first starting appearance in the Wallabies No.

Rugby

Boks ready to exploit Beale the bold

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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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Wallabies door still open to Cooper, insists Deans

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Greg Growden in Pretoria Quade Cooper may no longer want to play for the Wallabies, and his Reds contract is in jeopardy, but his coach Robbie Deans continues to offer the hand of friendship.

Rugby Union

Injury toll in Wallabies loss

Kurtley Beale, right, makes a catch as South Africa's captain Jean de Villiers defends.

Greg Growden, Pretoria Wallabies coach Robbie Deans admitted he had never witnessed a more bizarre Test.

SUNDAY MAUL

Changes are afoot under Cheika

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Greg Growden It hasn't taken long for new Waratahs coach Michael Cheika to make an impact on the troubled province.

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Rugby

Battered and bruised, Wallabies must make stand in Argentina

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 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...

Rugby Union

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.

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.

Rugby

Deans prepares to go on the attack

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden INTERNATIONAL rugby works in cycles, with leading coaches often arguing over what is supposedly the dominant force - attack or defence - and how to counter it.

Rugby

Future looks gold as ill memories of loss fade

New Zealand

Greg Growden NEW ZEALAND will be wasting their time trying to psych out the Wallabies by reminding them of last year's World Cup semi-final loss, because it has been erased from their memory.

Rugby

World Cup omission drives Dennis to greater heights

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Greg Growden DAVE DENNIS' agony at missing out on last year's World Cup squad has at last brought reward with selection to play the All Blacks for the first time in Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup opener at ANZ...

Hansen and Deans know how to get under each other's skin

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Greg Growden Much was made of the relationship between Graham Henry and Robbie Deans when they were wrestling each other for Bledisloe and World cups.

Union

It's time for a win, says Deans

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Wallabies captain David Pocock walks onto the field during the Australian Wallabies captain's run at Allianz Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden The Wallabies are buoyant after repeatedly peaking at the right time during the Wales Test series but know they are still well short of what is required to beat the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium tonight.

Rugby's odd couple reunite

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Greg Growden IT IS almost like the rugby version of the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Danny DeVito movie Twins.

Bledisloe prep has Wallabies battered

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Greg Growden INSIDE-CENTRE Anthony Faingaa was nursing a rolled ankle and second-rower Sitaleki Timani sporting a bleeding eye after another brutal Wallabies training session preparing for the All Blacks.

Wallabies turn to Roos to get the jump on Kiwis under high ball

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have sought advice from several AFL big guns to improve their often-flawed aerial work.