Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Foley's lost the dressing room

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Greg Growden If Michael Foley, recently offered a three-year deal to coach the Western Force, does stay at the Waratahs he will need the diplomacy skills of Henry Kissinger to win back the faith of several key...

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Bozo shows Tahs how it's done

Greg Growden Waratahland is getting wackier by the minute. Only the Waratahs would appoint a person as their interim coach who mid-season was under serious threat of being sacked by the same organisation.

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Tahs dare to dream: SBW tops triple-header hit list

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Greg Growden A SENIOR NSW official is involved in an audacious plan to create a 2013 Waratahs dream team revolving around Ewen McKenzie, Phil Blake and Sonny Bill Williams.

Super stars and villains

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Greg Growden And then there were none. With no Australian presence in the final two weeks of the Super Rugby tournament, it's time to hand out the Monday Maul gongs.

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Waratahs to turn up excitement without kicking out game plan

Michael Foley

Greg Growden THE call to be more extravagant has come from above, but don't expect the Waratahs to suddenly become the great entertainers of this year's Super Rugby tournament.

Not half bad: constant pest Pretorius could be the answer to all his new team's prayers

Waratahs trial game against Samoa. Picture is of Sarel Pratorius. Picture by Grant Robertson/Rural Press.

Greg Growden THE Waratahs haven't always been smart in the recruitment ranks, but they look as if they have secured a good one in South African halfback Sarel Pretorius.

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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.

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Rebels beaten to the punch with speed, spite and Sarel

Greg Growden IT was a turbulent night when the meek were soon exposed.

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It's not all White at the Brumbies

Greg Growden Gone are the days when the Brumbies were the trendsetters of Australian rugby. Now they have turned into the Bumbling Brumbies comedy act, losing players, fans and struggling for coaching stability.

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Team of the week

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Greg Growden Each week, Greg Growden picks the form team from the Australian conference after the weekend's matches. Number of times selected in brackets.

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Sevens star Foley to fill fullback role for Tahs

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Greg Growden AUSTRALIAN Sevens captain Bernard Foley is preparing to take over as the Waratahs fullback against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday night, with Adam Ashley-Cooper discovering he will have another...

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Third time lucky: Barnes' storming session leaves Carter on outer

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden The Waratahs have named Berrick Barnes at inside-centre for Saturday's clash against the Highlanders, forcing last week's two-try hero, Tom Carter, to the bench.

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More boos at home for woeful Waratahs

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Greg Growden What absolute nonsense. Another loss, a dreadful start to the season, and adding to the horror, the Waratahs are booed yet again by their home crowd.

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Tahs ready to bench marquee halfback

Sarel Pretorius

Greg Growden THE Waratahs' marquee overseas signing Sarel Pretorius is in danger of being demoted to the bench for his team's first encounter of the year against his countrymen when they play the Sharks in Sydney...

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Tahs get ready to shut out SBW as bye week looms

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 02: Sonny Bill Williams of the Chiefs fends off Jerome Kaino of the Blues during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Waikato Stadium on March 2, 2012 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are being called on for one more herculean effort before having a week off to recuperate, with their prime task being to nullify Sonny Bill Williams when they meet the Chiefs in Hamilton...

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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.

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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...

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Tahs know defeat to Force may be end of finals hopes

Tom Carter

Greg Growden IT IS more than three months before the Super Rugby season becomes cut-throat, but the Waratahs are still treating Friday night's match against the Force in Perth as if it is a final.

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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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Crusaders make most of chances as Waratahs lack necessary class

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Greg Growden What a sensational Mr T hairstyle, and what a devastating performance from the Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean.