Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Wycliff Palu in danger of missing Bulls clash as he mourns father's passing

Wycliff Palu

Rupert Guinness Waratahs prop Sekope Kepu and his fellow teammates will understand if their in-form backrower Wycliff Palu is not able to play following the death of his father last week.

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Wycliff Palu's return 'uplifting' as Waratahs face must-win game against Hurricanes

Fresh: Wycliff Palu back in full training with the Waratahs.

Rupert Guinness The impact of Wycliff Palu's return to the Waratahs' starting side extends beyond the trademark physicality and ball carrying capability that he brings to the side, says NSW prop Benn Robinson.

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Wycliff Palu predicts breakdown fireworks for Waratahs' season opener

Wycliff Palu, back in full training with the Waratahs, Moore Park
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January 9 2014

Rupert Guinness Waratahs back-rower Wycliff Palu expects the Western Force will set out to “bully” NSW at the breakdown in their first match of the Super Rugby season at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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Michael Hooper's Wallabies stand up to sternest test against All Blacks

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Rupert Guinness Wallabies captain Michael Hooper’s faith in his restructured forward pack was never clearer than in the last few minutes of the first half of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the...

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Pressure on Wallabies forwards to rise to the challenge

Daunting: Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles will make his run-on debut against the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness Most descriptions of the Wallabies forwards carry strong elements of doubt. As Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie recognised this week, they are a “maligned” pack.

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NSW Waratahs' back-row crusade lays platform for historic Super Rugby win

Brought down to earth: Richie McCaw's Crusaders came off second best in the battle of the back-rowers.

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs knew that if they were to break the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final that one of the vital battles they must dominate would be between the back rows.

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Israel Folau warns Brumbies: It's not just me and Kurtley Beale

Too hot to handle: Few have managed to contain Folau this season.

Rupert Guinness Israel Folau dismisses any concern about the Brumbies plotting to shut him and Kurtley Beale down in Saturday's Super Rugby fixture in Sydney, as they did when the two teams last met and the ACT side...

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Ewen McKenzie has one eye on Rugby Championship

Starved: Israel Folau gets near the ball in a rare moment  against the French.

Rupert Guinness With a series win over France secure, Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has left open the possibility of tweaking his side for Saturday's third and final Test against 'Les Bleus' in Sydney to increase...

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French say they have done their homework on Wallabies rookie Will Skelton

Rupert Guinness There is no chance of Wallabies rookie Will Skelton slipping under the radar of the French in the third and final Test of the series in Sydney on Saturday afternoon because of his lack of...

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Justin Harrison tips Waratahs to have edge over Brumbies in Super Rugby

Justin Harrison

Rupert Guinness It is a sentiment you would have been unlikely to hear from Justin Harrison at the height of his playing career, when he turned out for the Brumbies before switching to fierce rivals the Waratahs.

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Bernard Foley relieved to have Kurtley Beale alongside him

Bernard Foley

Rupert Guinness The relief on the face of Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley on Wednesday said it all when inside centre Kurtley Beale completed the side's final training session at home before travelling to...

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Michael Cheika's list shows coach's vision for revitalising NSW Waratahs

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Rupert Guinness WHEN Michael Cheika became the Waratahs' head coach, he more or less inherited his squad from his predecessor, Michael Foley, rather than one tailored to suit the style he wanted NSW to play.

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Waratahs veterans fed up with title talk and no trophy, says Dave Dennis

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24:  David Dennis of the Waratahs makes a break during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on May 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Every year the Waratahs say the same thing: they are ready to step up in their bid for a Super Rugby title. But as each season passes, the title remains frustratingly elusive.

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Ben Smith one to watch for Tahs defence, says Matt Burke

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs face a prime opportunity "to get their hands dirty" in defence against one of the most potent outside backs, All Black Ben Smith, in their Super Rugby trial against the Highlanders on...

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Cheika's men start in style as Folau dazzles

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Rupert Guinness What a sight it was: that of Waratahs lock Will Skelton and his 203-centimetre frame and 135 kilograms running direct and hard with the ball or in dogged defence in NSW's 43-21 win over the Force in...

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Will Skelton his own harshest critic

Will Skelton

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika can rest easy. There is little chance of second-rower Will Skelton getting too carried away after his strong showing in NSW's victory in their Super Rugby opener against...

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Waratahs look for strong performance against Reds to win hearts and minds

Tatafu Polota Nau

Rupert Guinness The potential of the Waratahs as a force this season will be clearer after they play the Reds on Saturday – both as a football team and as a crowd-puller.

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It's been a long road, but Gilbert dares to dream once more

AJ Gilbert

Rupert Guinness A.J. GILBERT - a father, warehouse worker and club rugby journeyman - could not have dreamt of a better way to repay Waratahs coach Michael Cheika for the opportunity he got to play for NSW in the...

Robinson returns for Tahs after wake-up call

Benn Robinson

Rupert Guinness WHEN Benn Robinson missed out on a starting place with the Waratahs in last Saturday's season opener, the Wallabies loose-head prop found the painful memories of being left out of the playing squad...

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Injuries take toll, but Waratahs are ready to trouble Brumbies

Wycliff Palu

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika put on a brave face on Monday by playing down the loss of Wallaby back-rower Wycliff Palu due to an injured ankle for Saturday's clash against the Brumbies in Canberra.