Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Time for Tahs to shake off Crusaders curse

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.

Crusaders make most of chances as Waratahs lack necessary class

Tahs

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

Rugby

Seven changes as Tahs take Bulls by the horn

Super 15 Rugby. Waratahs vs Reds. ANZ Stadium.pic shows Sarel Pretorius scoring.Saturday 25th February, 2012SUN HERALD SPORT pics by anthony johnson

Greg Growden THE WARATAHS will react to their embarrassing loss to the Brumbies by making up to seven changes, including the promotion of Sarel Pretorius and the demotion of Tom Carter, for Friday night's game...

Waratahs beef up back line for Bulls battle

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Waratahs' South African halfback Sarel Pretorius has told his teammates the only way to beat the Bulls is to be physical - and the selectors have responded by bolstering their arsenal for Friday...

Rugby union

Much more than pride on the line

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Greg Growden Waratahs-Reds encounters - the longest rivalry in Australian rugby - revolve around personal pride.

Rugby

Passing comment sparks more unrest

Hard to fix ... Comments on the Warathas halfback Sarel Pretorius' passing skills cause unrest within the club.

Greg Growden At a time when the Waratahs are desperately trying to improve team morale, critical comments about their star import Sarel Pretorius have inflamed the situation.

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Rugby

Early start for Super Rugby to fit around tours

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Greg Growden THE Australian rugby season is about to get even longer, with Super Rugby likely to start earlier in February to accommodate next year's three-Test British and Irish Lions tour.

Monday Maul

That's how we roll: Foley's early taste of Tah madness

Greg Growden What a terrible initiation to the demands of the head coaching job. In a few seconds, Michael Foley, in his first game as the Waratahs coach, saw his dream of beating the Super Rugby titleholders...

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'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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Rebels beaten to the punch with speed, spite and Sarel

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

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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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Rugby

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.

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...

Waratahs get last laugh as victory comes knocking

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Greg Growden Whenever the Waratahs fall apart, half of Sydney become stand-up comics - special subject: rugby put-down lines aimed at lampooning those at Moore Park. It's been going on for years.

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Rugby

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...

Boos will spur on embarrassed Tahs to exact revenge in the west

Waratahs

Greg Growden REVENGE and the embarrassment of being booed will act as key motivators when the Waratahs head to Perth this week, as they want to get their Super Rugby season back on track by defeating the Force on...

Rugby

Tahs know defeat to Force may be end of finals hopes

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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.

Hunt for the Honey Badger: Waratahs in defensive drive to tame the Force's rampant midfielder

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: Nick Cummins of the       Western Force on his way to scoring during the round five Super Rugby       match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Western Force at AAMI Park on       March 23, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty       Images) cummins.jpg

Greg Growden THE Waratahs will be embarking on a honey badger hunting expedition tonight. No, they're not heading to Africa in pursuit of the fearless predator but want to capture the Force midfielder Nick...

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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