Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Sunday Maul

Brumbies set to snare Pocock

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Greg Growden There is very strong mail coming from the west that Force skipper David Pocock will sign with the Brumbies.

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Rugby

Force resigned to losing Pocock to Brumbies

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Wallabies captain David Pocock walks onto the field during the Australian Wallabies captain's run at Allianz Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Western Force have given up hope of holding onto captain David Pocock, who is expected to announce Sunday that he has joined the Brumbies.

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.

Rising Reds spell danger for Brumbies

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Greg Growden The Brumbies look the real deal, but don't yet dismiss the Queensland Reds from finishing on top of the Australian conference.

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Union

Deans calls on experience of Brumbies coach

4 May 2012 SPORT Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by Chris Dutton. Brumbies Captain's Run at Canberra Stadium. Coach, Jake White.

Greg Growden Robbie Deans, who admitted he had just endured the most challenging week of his coaching career, will call in Brumbies and former Springboks World Cup-winning coach Jake White this week to provide a...

Brumbies' Jake cuts some grass with skipper Mowen

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Greg Growden The new Brumbies coach Jake White has again shown he is his own man by appointing as captain Ben Mowen, their new Waratahs recruit, ahead of several established ACT players, including Wallabies...

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Ruck and Maul

It's not all White at the Brumbies

Greg Growden Gone are the days when the Brumbies were the trendsetters of Australian rugby. Now they have turned into the Bumbling Brumbies comedy act, losing players, fans and struggling for coaching stability.

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White ready to brush England to stay with Brumbies

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Greg Growden The ACT Brumbies may not have to search for a new coach, as Jake White, who has been linked to the England job, has told the Brumbies players he plans to stay in Canberra.

Bulls gore Reds to open gate for Brumbies

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 24:  Pierre Spies of the Bulls makes a tackle during the 2012 Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and Queensland Reds at Loftus Versfeld on March 24, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Greg Growden IT WAS nowhere near as devastating as the Reds' 92-3 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria in 2007, but their 61-8, eight tries to one thrashing at Loftus Versfeld Stadium has certainly jolted the Super...

White approach makes surprise a winning factor for Brumbies

23 March 2012, sport, story by Lee Gaskin, photo by STUART WALMSLEY. The ACT Brumbies hold their captain's run at Canberra Stadium. Scrum half Nic White and coach Jake White.

Greg Growden BRUMBIES coach Jake White has a pressing reason for repeatedly changing his starting line-up. Some would describe it as rotation, but it is more a situation of White wanting to know exactly how many...

Rugby

O'Connor plays fast and loose - and creates perfect TV

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Greg Growden Don't you just love those half-time interviews when TV types confront delirious players, whose eyes are still rolling in the back of their heads, and ask their thoughts on what had just happened?

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Tahs to reshuffle back line

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Greg Growden THE Waratahs will start Lachie Turner on the wing, play Bernard Foley at No.10 and move Adam Ashley-Cooper to fullback as part of a dramatic back-line reshuffle for Saturday night's match against the...

Ruck & Maul

Fantasy land: Official line can't disguise Foley's follies

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Greg Growden THE latest buzz word in Waratahland is ''fantastic''. They are near the bottom of the Super Rugby ladder and have lost their past six matches.

Desperate times demand half-Harted measures

Greg Growden The Waratahs' halfback position has turned into such a problem area it could see their marquee signing Sarel Pretorius heading to another province next season.

Big deal for Pocock as Rebels try again

Pocock

Greg Growden The Rebels are back in the running for Wallabies star David Pocock. Our ever reliable Melbourne snouts have told R&;M the Rebels are about to throw a ''massive offer'' at Pocock in the hope he can...

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Lame Tahs hit rock bottom

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Dave Dennis of the Waratahs is tackled by Nick White of the Brumbies during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium on July 7, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Greg Growden The Waratahs are now so clueless, so dishevelled they wouldn't even be able to beat an egg.

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Mitchell hopes Reds' desperation plays into Tahs hands

Drew Mitchell

Greg Growden WARATAHS winger Drew Mitchell believes the Reds' pursuit of a large bonus-point win to keep their Super Rugby finals hopes alive could work in NSW's favour in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Rugby union

Much more than pride on the line

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Greg Growden Waratahs-Reds encounters - the longest rivalry in Australian rugby - revolve around personal pride.

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

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.