Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald
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.
Greg Growden There is very strong mail coming from the west that Force skipper David Pocock will sign with the Brumbies.
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.
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.
Greg Growden The Brumbies look the real deal, but don't yet dismiss the Queensland Reds from finishing on top of the Australian conference.
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...
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...
Ruck and Maul
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.
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.
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...
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...
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?
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
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.
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.
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...
Greg Growden The Waratahs are now so clueless, so dishevelled they wouldn't even be able to beat an egg.
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.
Greg Growden Waratahs-Reds encounters - the longest rivalry in Australian rugby - revolve around personal pride.
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.