Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Future looks gold as ill memories of loss fade

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.

Get well soon, fellas: Wallabies have an entire Test team in the infirmary

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have certainly discovered this season whether there is actually any depth in Australian rugby.

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Injury merry-go-round compounds captaincy conundrum

Greg Growden The Wallabies have received encouraging news about their end-of-season northern hemisphere tour.

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The years, the men, the nights, the tours, the team ... the end

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Greg Growden After 20-odd years (with the emphasis on odd) of taking the mickey, it's time for the farewell Ruck and Maul column.

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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.

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...

Relieved Robinson back after passing Tonga test

Benn Robinson

Greg Growden IT'S EASY to choose the most relieved player in the Australian Super Rugby ranks. Wallabies prop Benn Robinson wins comfortably after he convinced himself and state selectors that his long injury...

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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...

Deans ready with replay button as new faces audition

Super Rugby. Waratahs training at Lakeside oval opposite the SCG. pic shows Wallabies coach Robbie Deans at waratahs training.Thursday 1st March, 2012SMH SPORT pics by anthony johnson

Greg Growden ON AUSTRALIA'S Super Rugby Saturday, several fringe Wallabies candidates have the chance to convince the selectors they are ready for top-level football.

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Sevens star Foley to fill fullback role for Tahs

Bernard Foley

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.

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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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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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...

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.

Waratahs learn to eschew the boot, and now they're running

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Greg Growden Tom Carter was proven right. Put some pressure onto the Waratahs, make them treat the upcoming game as if it is an elimination final, and watch them perform.

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Team of the week

Christian Lealiifano.

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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Two games, a dozen battles in fight for Test spots

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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...