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.

Rugby

Wycliff Palu predicts breakdown fireworks for Waratahs' season opener

Wycliff Palu, back in full training with the Waratahs, Moore Park
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photos Ben Rushton
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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Rugby

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.

Rugby

Cheika's men start in style as Folau dazzles

Fairfax Media writer

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...

Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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

Alofa Alofa

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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Rugby

Poidevin: Tahs must be smarter with bench players

Michael Cheika

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika must utilise his bench against the Bulls earlier than he did in last week's upset win over the Chiefs if NSW are to maximise their odds of beating the South Africans at...

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Union

Bruising derbies have toughened up Wallabies for onslaught from tourists - Rebel

Phipps

Rupert Guinness The Australian derbies in Super Rugby this year have taken their toll on the Wallabies as they prepare to take on the British and Irish Lions.

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Visitors to show true colours in next clash, says watching Deans

Robbie Deans

Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Robbie Deans believes the Queensland Reds will force the touring British and Irish Lions to reveal more of the game style that they intend to unleash in the three-Test series - and...

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Rugby

Horwill captaincy will take pressure off Genia: Poidevin

Will Genia

Rupert Guinness The appointment of second-rower James Horwill as Wallabies captain ahead of Will Genia for the British and Irish Lions series will help take the pressure off the halfback, according to Wallaby legend...

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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...

Rugby

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.

Rugby

Tahs stars hit for six as axe swings after hammering

Berrick Barnes.

Rupert Guinness If the Waratahs are planning to show they have learnt from the hiding the Brumbies gave them last Saturday, then they will have to do it without several of the players responsible for the result...

Rugby

All Blacks the test for Deans

Robbie Deans.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Robbie Deans may have had his contract renewed last year, but he still faces pressure to prove he is the best man to steer the national side to the next World Cup in England, judging...

Union

Tahs stage greatest escape to down Reds

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Wycliff Palu of the Waratahs leaves the field injured during the round one Super 14 match between the Reds and the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on February 13, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Wycliff Palu

Rupert Guinness A last-minute Wycliff Palu try broke Queensland hearts as NSW got out of jail 30-28 in a Super 14 interstate classic at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.