Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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All Blacks coach enjoys dig at McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie.

Rupert Guinness After All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's side beat the Wallabies in their Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney on Saturday night, he seized the chance to jokingly bait Australian coach Ewen McKenzie on his...

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All Blacks will be improving Wallabies' litmus test, says Michael Hooper

Michael Hooper

Rupert Guinness Breakaway Michael Hooper believes the true value of the Wallabies' victory against Argentina last weekend will only be fully known by how well Australia play against the All Blacks in Dunedin on...

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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...

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Ewen McKenzie expects Michael Cheika to coach his way

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie believes Michael Cheika will continue to coach the Waratahs in his trademark passionate heart-on-sleeve manner, despite it having landed him in hot water with SANZAR during last...

One-Test Wallaby Gordon Stone becomes first centurion

Wallabies centurion: Former Australian rugby union representative Gordon Stone will turn 100 on Sunday.

Rupert Guinness Ask Gordon Stone about his foremost memory of the one Test he played for the Wallabies against the All Blacks on June 28, 1938 and he says: “The size of the crowd and that my father was present to...

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Ewen McKenzie 'blessed’ in captaincy choices

David Pocock

Rupert Guinness With Wallabies captain Ben Mowen set to move overseas, the question is who will lead Australia against France in June and beyond to the World Cup next year.

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Peter Betham says failure not an option for Waratahs back line against Western Force

Super 15 Rugby. Trail match between NSW Waratahs and Auckland Blues. Allianz Stadium.
Peter Betham celebrate Alofa Alofa's try
Friday 7th February, 2014
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Rupert Guinness Waratahs winger Peter Betham is fully aware of the danger of the Force back row stifling vital ball supply to the NSW back line in Sunday’s Super Rugby clash at Allianz Stadium.

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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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Waratahs hire Andrew Mehrtens as kicking coach

Mehrtens

Rupert Guinness The NSW Waratahs have hired All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens as kicking coach for the upcoming Super Rugby season.

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Ex-captains laud Quade Cooper's attitude change

Quade Cooper

Rupert Guinness Quade Cooper, who last year described the Wallabies environment as “toxic”, has turned the corner in his attitude and is ready to display his leadership qualities in Saturday's Test...

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New scrum law will take time for teams to learn

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness "Let's give it a crack," South African referee Craig Joubert told the two opposing forward packs nine minutes into Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup Test.

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Baxter backs McKenzie to toughen Wallabies

Al Baxter

Rupert Guinness The Wallabies are still way short of having developed the hardened, cutting edge to last a game that coach Ewen McKenzie will be ''riding'' them to develop, believes former Australian Test prop Al...

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Bonding agent: Folau calls for better connection between Wallabies stars

Israel Folau

Rupert Guinness Israel Folau says the Wallabies are yet to develop the strong collective bond between players a side needs if it is to play at its best.

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Wallabies great John Hipwell dead

John Hipwell.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallaby halfback and captain John Hipwell who died on Monday was one of the “great” leaders of Australia rugby, according to one his closest friends and old teammates, Geoff 'Bunter' Shaw.

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Wallabies need a rest on long road to World Cup, says Elsom

Rocky Elsom

Rupert Guinness Rocky Elsom believes the ARU should allow players who have accrued the most Test time this year to miss the spring tour and spend the off-season training at home to help them strengthen for the next...

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Tatafu Polota-Nau returns for Wallabies tour

Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Rupert Guinness Barnstorming hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will make his long-awaited return to Test rugby on the Wallabies' grand slam tour of Europe next month.

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Kane Douglas: Wallabies must win back respect

Kane Douglas

Rupert Guinness One big frustration for Kane Douglas in his short tenure as a Wallaby has been figuring out what has laid the foundation to the All Blacks' winning culture.

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Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore says Wallabies pack heads to England with target on its back

Stephen Moore

Rupert Guinness Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore has no doubt the Australian scrum will be regarded as vulnerable on the spring tour after its performances in the Rugby Championship.

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Poidevin, in his own words, on ...

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Rupert Guinness We have seen in 2012 that this an incredibly competitive sporting country and the other codes sensed a weak code in rugby union.