Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Cooper skids into Wallabies contention

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.

Rugby Union

Wallabies hang tough against Wales

Coming through: Wallaby Digby Ioane tries to crash through his Welsh opponents during last night?s game at Suncorp Stadium.

Greg Growden The Wallabies' pressure valve is momentarily eased as they rediscover their ability to win tough, dramatic internationals.

Deans bounds out of jail

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Greg Growden The Wallabies' pressure valve was momentarily eased as they rediscovered their ability to win tough, dramatic internationals, rallying at the right time to defeat Wales in the first Test at Suncorp...

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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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Welsh tactics on Pocock go unpoliced, says Deans

David Pocock

Greg Growden ALTHOUGH relieved to enjoy a rare series whitewash, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is concerned his captain David Pocock is being unfairly targeted off the ball, while the Australian scrum is again on...

Big deal for Pocock as Rebels try again

Pocock

Greg Growden The Rebels are back in the running for Wallabies star David Pocock. Our ever reliable Melbourne snouts have told R&;M the Rebels are about to throw a ''massive offer'' at Pocock in the hope he can...

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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.

White to Robinson: you don't vote, you work

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Greg Growden Ruck 'n' Maul: Brumbies coach Jake White has reacted to comments by Waratahs skipper Benn Robinson.

Rugby Union

Reliable Dennis a solid Cup pick

On the go: Waratah Dave Dennis will be a Wallaby on Saturday.

Greg Growden, Sydney Promoted to starting line-up as blindside flanker due to shoulder injury to Wycliff Palu.

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World Cup omission drives Dennis to greater heights

Dave Dennis

Greg Growden DAVE DENNIS' agony at missing out on last year's World Cup squad has at last brought reward with selection to play the All Blacks for the first time in Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup opener at ANZ...

Mitchell and Barnes earn reward with Cup call-up

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Greg Growden BERRICK BARNES will be rewarded for his excellent series against Wales by holding onto the No.10 Test jersey, Dave Dennis is in line to move into the Wallabies' back row and Drew Mitchell's long wait...

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Wallabies forwards get rev-up from White

Jake White

Greg Growden SPRINGBOKS World Cup-winning coach Jake White has called on the Wallabies forwards to dramatically lift their standards against South Africa tomorrow night, otherwise they will suffer their third...

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

Faingaa

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.