Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Two games, a dozen battles in fight for Test spots

Greg Growden INDIVIDUAL battles and how certain players perform under pressure in Canberra tonight and Christchurch tomorrow will have an enormous bearing on the make-up of the 35-man Wallabies squad to play...

Barnes needs storming performance to secure a Test spot

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE pressure on Berrick Barnes during the Waratahs' South African trip is intense. Not only must he improve his province's slim finals hopes but he is also fighting to hold onto his spot in the...

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Call of duty for ambushed Wallabies

James O'Connor

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...

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Cooper skids into Wallabies contention

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden QUADE COOPER was fast-tracked into the Wallabies' train-on squad last night because of concerns that Kurtley Beale, the first choice Test five-eighth, might not be able to play against Scotland in...

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Pocock rues litany of missed opportunities

David Pocockl

Greg Growden DAVID POCOCK'S first experience as Test captain was described succinctly by the Wallabies breakaway: ''Very disappointed and very cold.''

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Wales turn into sharks after sensing blood from wounded Wallabies

Wallabies

Greg Growden WHILE the Wallabies will be relying on seven Waratahs who have forgotten the art of winning, Wales believe they have been handed their best chance in decades to win their first Test on Australian...

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Backs to the wall as wing goes down

Cooper Vuna

Greg Growden THE Wallabies woes continued last night when they were forced into a back-line change, bringing in Rebels winger Cooper Vuna for Joe Tomane, who rolled his ankle at training.

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Deans calls on experience of Brumbies coach

4 May 2012 SPORT Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by Chris Dutton. Brumbies Captain's Run at Canberra Stadium. Coach, Jake White.

Greg Growden Robbie Deans, who admitted he had just endured the most challenging week of his coaching career, will call in Brumbies and former Springboks World Cup-winning coach Jake White this week to provide a...

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Wallabies could welcome back bad boy Beale for second Test

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09:  Injured Wallaby player Kurtley Beale watches on from the stands during the international test match between the Australian Wallabies and Wales at Suncorp Stadium on June 9, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROBBIE DEANS, who admitted he had just endured the most challenging week of his coaching career, has not given up hope of his errant No.

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Deans is delighted with pack mentality

Wallabies.

Greg Growden WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans has rewarded those who rebounded to beat Wales by naming the same line-up for Saturday's second Test in Melbourne and then gave his pack further accolades by describing...

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NSW's Wallabies relish that winning feeling

Adam Ashley-Cooper

Greg Growden AT THE end of the first Test win against Wales in Brisbane, the eight Waratahs in the team got together and started laughing. There was so much relief.

Welsh will focus on how to keep this Genia firmly in his bottle

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09:  Will Genia of the Wallabies runs the ball during the international test match between the Australian Wallabies and Wales at Suncorp Stadium on June 9, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden WILL GENIA is the Wallabies' official barometer. Same with the Queensland Reds. How he performs is a guide to whether there are bright skies or storm clouds hovering over both camps.

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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...

Foley's Tahs fate hangs as Force weigh options

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Greg Growden Whether the Waratahs make dramatic changes to their coaching staff could be determined by who the Western Force recruit as their head honcho next season.

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Mitchell hopes Reds' desperation plays into Tahs hands

Drew Mitchell

Greg Growden WARATAHS winger Drew Mitchell believes the Reds' pursuit of a large bonus-point win to keep their Super Rugby finals hopes alive could work in NSW's favour in Brisbane on Saturday night.

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Turner's horror season ends on high note

Lachie Turner

Greg Growden THE Waratahs have lost the ability to win matches, but the Wallabies selectors still believe they can get something out of the struggling NSW players.

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Force set to table deal for Foley

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Greg Growden Don't be shocked if you see Waratahs coach Michael Foley wearing a Western Force tracksuit top shortly.

Super stars and villains

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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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.

Hooper faces ultimate Test as woes continue

Michael Cooper

Greg Growden THE Wallabies' woes continued last night when their tighthead prop Sekope Kepu was ruled out of Saturday night's Test against the All Blacks in Auckland after damaging his medial ligament in training.