Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Injury merry-go-round compounds captaincy conundrum

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

Rugby

Wallabies focus on Test, away from Cooper's spray

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Greg Growden HE IS thousands of kilometres away, but Quade Cooper's shadow still hangs heavily over the Wallabies as they try to stay focused on becoming the first Australian team to win at Loftus Versfeld.

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Being torn by Force gave Genia strength

Greg Growden Chief Rugby Correspondent WALLABIES halfback Will Genia has credited his Australian Super Rugby Player of the Year award to ignoring a lucrative offer from the Force and remaining at the Reds.

Rugby

Force resigned to losing Pocock to Brumbies

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Wallabies captain David Pocock walks onto the field during the Australian Wallabies captain's run at Allianz Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Western Force have given up hope of holding onto captain David Pocock, who is expected to announce Sunday that he has joined the Brumbies.

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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.

Rugby's odd couple reunite

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Greg Growden IT IS almost like the rugby version of the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Danny DeVito movie Twins.

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Pocock loss a Bledisloe blow

David Pocock has a word with Kurtley Beale during the Bledisloe Cup game.

Greg Growden, Sydney Wallabies' hopes of regaining Bledisloe Cup for first time in a decade become an impossible dream.

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Pocock injury adds to Wallabies' woes

David Pocock.

Greg Growden The Wallabies' hopes of regaining the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in a decade have become even more of an impossible dream after discovering their Test captain, David Pocock, may miss the rest...

Instead of excuses, roll out something new

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Greg Growden If the Wallabies are to have any chance of winning in Auckland for the first time in 26 years and keeping the Bledisloe Cup series alive, Quade Cooper must be in the Australian starting line-up.

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Knee surgery makes Pocock latest leader to bow out

David Pocock

Greg Growden The Wallabies have discovered their leadership group is jinxed, with Will Genia the only man left standing after captain David Pocock yesterday discovered he may have played his last match for the...

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.

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Genia last leader standing

Will Genia

Greg Growden THE Wallabies have discovered their leadership group is jinxed, with Will Genia the only man left standing after captain David Pocock discovered yesterday he may have played his last match for the...

Stats don't lie - figures show Cooper's the king

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Greg Growden Do not fear. The Wallabies might be in turmoil, and no one gives them any hope of winning at Eden Park. But the man who knows best how to beat the All Blacks is back.

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A few words provide plenty of ammunition for All Blacks

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden WITHIN minutes of Quade Cooper's eight-second media conference on Thursday, the drip treatment from across the Tasman had begun.

Rugby Union

Wallabies' effort comes to zero

Wallabies v All Blacks

Greg Growden, Auckland For the Wallabies the Test degenerated into a dreadful case of red faces.

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Wallabies look at speed to burn Boks

Dom Shipperley of the Reds.

Greg Growden DOM SHIPPERLEY is in line to play his first Test match and Kurtley Beale is expected to return to the Wallabies' fullback position for Saturday night's Test against the Springboks in Perth.

Cooper, Beale saved by Deans for Springboks clash

Wallabies players training before Bledisloe Cup on Saturday. Quade Cooper.

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has again shown faith in two of his Three Amigos by returning Kurtley Beale to the starting line-up and giving Quade Cooper another chance at No.

South African halves double the trouble

Greg Growden The Wallabies believe the Springboks will use their two-prong scrumhalf combination as a prime attacking tool, with Francois Hougaard as a weapon off the ruck.

Wallabies' fragile confidence shot full of holes out in the wild west

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Greg Growden AFTER the despair of Sydney, Auckland and another doomed Bledisloe Cup campaign, the Wallabies headed to the other side of the country in search of pain relief. No such luck.

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Sweet and sour for Wallabies

Three against one: Springbok Morne Steyn is tackled by Berrick Barnes (left), Adam Ashley-Cooper and Michael Hooper.

Greg Growden Relief at last for the Wallabies as they hold on to beat the Springboks at Subiaco.