Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

White says salary cap and lack of depth hold back Australian teams

Jake White

Greg Growden FORMER Springboks World Cup-winning coach Jake White has suddenly discovered why Australian teams have only occasionally won the Super Rugby tournament.

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Robinson in running to lead from the front

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 30:  Benn Robinson during the Waratahs training session at Northwood School on May 30, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Greg Growden FRONT-ROWERS are rarely handed the captaincy reins, but Test prop Benn Robinson is suddenly in strong contention to be the Waratahs' skipper for the opening month of the Super Rugby tournament.

Foley's first test comes early as injury list grows

Michael Foley

Greg Growden IT WAS a sight to strike dread into the heart of any Waratahs follower. At yesterday's training session at Victoria Barracks, the club's international winger Lachie Turner was standing under the goal...

Wallabies fear Scots could inflict Samoa mark II

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Greg Growden Wallabies management are concerned there may be a repeat of the Samoa debacle if they are unable to prepare properly for their opening Test in June against Scotland.

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One slip-up and home side goes hungry

NSW Waratahs

Greg Growden It doesn't get any more exasperating than this. The Waratahs dominate the match up front, were for most of the night the better team, should have won, but one indiscretion in the final seconds, one...

'Sore' Barnes ruled out as Elsom's rocky start persists

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden The NSW Waratahs have been dealt a fresh injury blow with Wallabies star Berrick Barnes ruled out of Friday’s Super Rugby clash with the Melbourne Rebels.

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Cheika could check in back home

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Greg Growden The prospect of Heineken Cup-winning coach Michael Cheika being in charge of an Australian Super Rugby team has intensified.

This team needs strong leadership, so here's to you, Mr Robinson

Greg Growden Not surprisingly, Waratahs coach Michael Foley was talking tough after his team put up the white flag against the Western Force.

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Worried Waratahs get boost in Barnes

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden BERRICK BARNES will at last appear in the Waratahs No.10 jersey, Tom Carter is in contention for a midfield spot and a new captain is in the offing as the Waratahs try to salvage their season by...

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Latest back-line switch may not last if Barnes struggles under pressure

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Waratahs will field their fourth back-line combination in five matches when they play the Sharks, but the experimentation out wide is far from over.

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Backs to the wall, with Giteau in frame as saviour

Faingaa

Greg Growden The Wallabies got to enjoy a rejuvenating 11-try scoring feast against the USA last night, but the win came at a cost - with midfielders Pat McCabe, Rob Horne and Anthony Faingaa all suffering...

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Which way will he go? Palu the key to recruiting puzzle

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Greg Growden The make-up of next year's Waratahs squad won't be known for some weeks - but there's unlikely to be a spate of high-profile rugby league signings.

Vickerman comeback on the cards

Dan Vickerman

Greg Growden THE WARATAHS have not lost hope of being able to play Test second-rower Dan Vickerman during the second half of the season, despite some recent concerns he would have to retire.

White approach makes surprise a winning factor for Brumbies

23 March 2012, sport, story by Lee Gaskin, photo by STUART WALMSLEY. The ACT Brumbies hold their captain's run at Canberra Stadium. Scrum half Nic White and coach Jake White.

Greg Growden BRUMBIES coach Jake White has a pressing reason for repeatedly changing his starting line-up. Some would describe it as rotation, but it is more a situation of White wanting to know exactly how many...

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Pretorius has work cut out to regain his starting spot

Waratahs training. Lakeside Moore park.New recruits training.Brendon McKibbonThursday 13th January, 2011SUN HERALD SPORT pics by anthony johnson

Greg Growden WARATAHS marquee signing Sarel Pretorius appears resigned to playing off the bench for another week as Brendan McKibbin is scheduled to make his third starting appearance in a row against the Force...

ARU cutting back on long-term player deals

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Matt Giteau looks on during an Australian Wallabies training session at Coogee Oval on July 12, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE days of the long Wallabies' player contracts are over.

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No bull: White's men have turned it around

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Greg Growden It has taken a while, but the Brumbies have to be taken seriously. For weeks, many have been waiting for this young bunch of no-names to lose their way.

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Time for Tahs to shake off Crusaders curse

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Greg Growden THERE'S no point asking most of the Waratahs what is the key to beating the Crusaders, because they haven't got a clue.

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Cheika is players' choice for Force

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Greg Growden Player power is alive and well in Perth. First the Force players were instrumental in coach Richard Graham being farewelled early after it was revealed he was off to the Queensland Reds next season.