Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Genia's signing fails to inspire Force, but Brumbies fly the flag abroad

Will Genia

Greg Growden The Western Force were unable to use the Will Genia signing to motivate them to beat the Stormers, but at least elsewhere Australian teams have gone up a level and rediscovered how to win offshore.

Rugby

Deans keeps keen eye on O'Connor, Cooper

James O'Connor.

Greg Growden THE Wallabies selectors will know within a week whether James O'Connor and Quade Cooper will be available for next month's Test matches against Scotland and Wales.

Rugby union

Brumbies' win leaves Reds on ropes

Brumbies

Greg Growden THE Brumbies can start preparing for the finals, while the Queensland Reds will have to rely on thrashing the Waratahs in Brisbane on Saturday night to have any chance of defending their title.

The fine print that puts the Reds well and truly in the frame

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Greg Growden THE doomsayers are predicting the Reds have no chance of making the finals. That's because they haven't read the fine print. The Reds, on the other hand, remain buoyant for several good reasons.

White says salary cap and lack of depth hold back Australian teams

Jake White

Greg Growden FORMER Springboks World Cup-winning coach Jake White has suddenly discovered why Australian teams have only occasionally won the Super Rugby tournament.

Mitchell tipped to miss half season

Greg Growden Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell is in danger of missing half the Super Rugby season, which will force the Waratahs to play two youngsters for their opening match against the Queensland Reds in Sydney...

Rugby

Wounded Reds help Sharks regain bite before road trip

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 17: James Horwill of the St.George Queensland Reds in action during the Super Rugby match between The Sharks and Reds at Mr Price Kings Park on March 17, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs woes continue to grow, with their next opponent - the Sharks - getting the required confidence boost before their road trip by enjoying one of their most spirited comebacks in years to...

SANZAR seeks security report from Bulls on bottle-throwing incident

Braid

Greg Growden SANZAR have contacted Bulls officials demanding improvements in ground security after All Blacks hooker and Blues skipper Keven Mealamu was hit by a bottle during the team's win at Loftus Versfeld in...

Rugby

Fearless winger takes flight as latest weapon for the Tahs

Tom Kingston

Greg Growden SUCCESS revolves around taking your opportunities. Tom Kingston has certainly done that this season, taking advantage of devastating injuries to the Waratahs' Test wingers Drew Mitchell and Lachie...

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No need to scrummage for something to do to fill in time

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Greg Growden During the Rebels-Blues match on Thursday night, a scrum took one minute, 52 seconds to be completed.

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Unbeaten and unbowed: savvy Stormers blow Highlanders away to sit on top of the heap

Dean Greyling

Greg Growden THE Stormers have certified themselves as dangerous Super Rugby frontrunners in a dramatic round that involved brawls and accusations of eye-gouging.

Extra team has made Australians weaker, not stronger, argues Loe

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Scott Higginbotham of the Reds is tackled by Tom Carter of the Waratahs during the round one Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Reds at ANZ Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) 139786007.jpg

Greg Growden WITH the Brumbies the only local team in the top half of the Super Rugby ladder, renowned All Blacks hardman Richard Loe argues that the introduction of a fifth Australian franchise ''hasn't done...

Injury crisis dampens Reds' delight at return of Ioane

Digby Ioane

Greg Growden AFTER weeks of juggling his attacking combinations, Reds coach Ewen McKenzie is delighted his Test winger Digby Ioane is back, but due to an injury crisis will still have to play him in a different...

Open door for O'Connor as uncertainty remains over Cooper's return

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Greg Growden James O'Connor remains the Test five-eighth front runner when the Wallabies run around in June, due to uncertainty over when exactly Quade Cooper will return.