Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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...

Rugby

Broken Wallabies humiliated by South Africa

South Africa's Bryan Habana scores a try during their Rugby Championship test match against Australia's Wallabies in Pretoria, September 29 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Greg Growden The Wallabies were smashed up and spat out by the Springboks, thrashed five tries to one while suffering a horrendous injury toll at Loftus Versfeld this morning.

Rugby

Aussie trio vie for fullback in Argentina test

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Greg Growden Mike Harris, Pat McCabe and Dom Shipperley will be vying for the vacant fullback spot in Saturday night's Test against Argentina in Rosario, Argentina.

Rugby

Harris in frame to be Wallabies new fullback

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29:  Mike Harris of the Reds is tackled by Stirling Mortlock of the Rebels during the round 16 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Reds at AAMI Park on June 29, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Greg Growden Rosario: Mike Harris is set to become the fifth Wallabies fullback in ten Tests this season and Dave Dennis is under threat of being replaced in the backrow for Saturday night's international against...

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

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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...

Rugby

Cummins, Tapuai plug latest gaps in Test team

Ben Tapuai

Greg Growden ROSARIO: The Wallabies merry-go-round continues to spin with two more newcomers - Nick Cummins and Ben Tapuai - joining the Test team, taking the tally of players who have appeared in the green and...

Rugby

Laser-boot Harris guides Wallabies home

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Greg Growden The Wallabies enjoyed one of their most courageous wins in recent times when they overcame an Argentine ambush in Rosario this morning.

Union

Red faces on a black day

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Greg Growden At Eden Park, a capacity crowd - loving every minute of the Wallabies being brutally carved up by the All Blacks butchers - were involved in a red-nose day for charity.

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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.

Rising Reds spell danger for Brumbies

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Greg Growden The Brumbies look the real deal, but don't yet dismiss the Queensland Reds from finishing on top of the Australian conference.

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Monday Maul

Reds' revival has repercussions far beyond win on scoresheet

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Greg Growden The local administrators are happy because the Australian conference can produce a match worth watching. Those pushing for Sunday afternoon football are delighted as it lures a 36,000-plus crowd.

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Sunday Maul

Sanctions loom over signing stoush

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Greg Growden Stink No.1. The relationship between numerous Australian provinces is very tense as rivals continue to jump the gun in announcing player recruitments.

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Rugby

Call of duty for ambushed Wallabies

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Greg Growden CONCERNS that the Wallabies may suffer an embarrassment similar to losing to Samoa last season and Scotland in 2009 have convinced Test selectors to force key players to back up three times in one...

Sunday Maul

Pocock to get call-up for captain

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Greg Growden Wallabies selectors are expected to rest James Horwill for the opening Test against Scotland on June 5, with David Pocock in line to lead the team in Newcastle.

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Hamstring tear has Horwill on sidelines, while onerous challenge excites Pocock

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28:  David Pocock (R) boxes with Saia Faingaa (L) during an Australian Wallabies training session at Coogee Oval on May 28, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Greg Growden WALLABIES captain James Horwill is facing an extended period on the sideline after scans last night revealed a significant hamstring tear.

All eyes on Barnes as Wallabies spot rests on clash with Canes

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have tried three different five-eighths at training this week - Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas and Mike Harris - but how Berrick Barnes fares in tonight's match for the Waratahs will determine...

Rugby union

Life is proving to be swell for Higginbotham

Scott Higginbotham

Greg Growden It all revolves around clearing the mind and getting some balance. Avoid turning rugby into an obsession. Immerse yourself in as many varied interests as possible.

Ioane gets tick from Moon as future great

Digby Ioane

Greg Growden BRENDAN MOON, the prince of Australian Test wingers, believes Digby Ioane has the potential to become one of the greats of the international game.