Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Rock-solid defence key to blunting the All Blacks

Greg Growden THE Wallabies have struggled to score tries this year but still believe they have the attacking prowess and game breakers to worry the All Blacks in tomorrow night's Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney.

Rugby

Confidence high, but belief alone won't beat All Blacks

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Greg Growden THE Wallabies are buoyant after repeatedly peaking at the right time during the Wales Test series, but know they are still well short of what is required to be confident of beating the All Blacks at...

Union

All Blacks' house of bricks too tough for huff-and-puff Wallabies

Greg Growden THE WALLABIES are the ultimate huff and puff merchants. They can talk it up, and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter, and fall short.

Bumbling Wallabies give All Blacks victory

Israel Dagg

Greg Growden The Wallabies are the ultimate huff-and-puff merchants. They can talk it up and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter and fall short.

Rugby

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

Wallabies train tough for rough'n'tumble All Blacks

Greg Growden Wallabies inside centre Anthony Faingaa was nursing a rolled ankle and second-rower Sitaleki Timani sporting a bleeding eye after another brutal training session preparing for the All Blacks.

All Blacks tactic of running early-season camps not for Wallabies

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 23:  Assistant coach of the All Blacks Steve Hansen looks on as his players practise scrumming ahead of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup Final match between France and New Zealand at Eden Park on October 23, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Wallabies will not follow the All Blacks' lead in conducting training camps during the early part of the Super Rugby season, and instead rely on a few days of full training before the start of...

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Long dark cloud lifts as All Blacks close the door on 24 years of pain

Richie McCaw

Greg Growden The 24-year All Black gloom has lifted.

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Match report

Woeful Wallabies kicked out by All Blacks hellbent on raising cup

Israel Dagg

Greg Growden AUCKLAND: The All Blacks are a week away from ending a 24-year World Cup drought after they smashed, bashed and completely outplayed the Wallabies in an inspiring semi-final performance at Eden Park...

Rugby

Beale gets recall as Cooper fires up

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: Kurtley Beale is psyching himself up for his first starting appearance in the Wallabies No.

Rugby

Boks ready to exploit Beale the bold

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Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: The Springboks were quick to apply the drip treatment on the new Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale by arguing his selection will help their game plan during Saturday night's Test in...

Du Plessis upfront about criticism

Jannie du Plessis

Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: Springbok tight-head prop Jannie Du Plessis was reticent to say the Wallabies pack got away with illegalities, but he said it anyway.

Rugby

Cummins, Tapuai plug latest gaps in Test team

Ben Tapuai

Greg Growden ROSARIO: The Wallabies merry-go-round continues to spin with two more newcomers - Nick Cummins and Ben Tapuai - joining the Test team, taking the tally of players who have appeared in the green and...

Rugby

Wounded and weary Wallabies relying on pride to earn result

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Kurtley Beale of the Australian Wallabies is tackled during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at Skilled Park on September 15, 2012 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wherever they have gone in Argentina this week, there has been no reprieve for the Wallabies.

Off-the-ball exchanges a winner

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Greg Growden No matter if they are victors or losers today, the Wallabies will leave Argentina having won over the locals.

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The years, the men, the nights, the tours, the team ... the end

Greg Growden

Greg Growden After 20-odd years (with the emphasis on odd) of taking the mickey, it's time for the farewell Ruck and Maul column.

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Rugby

Force set to table deal for Foley

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Greg Growden Don't be shocked if you see Waratahs coach Michael Foley wearing a Western Force tracksuit top shortly.

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.

Rugby

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

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...