Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Force resigned to losing Pocock to 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.

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...

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

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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...

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Brumbies' win leaves Reds on ropes

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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

Wallabies forwards get rev-up from White

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Greg Growden SPRINGBOKS World Cup-winning coach Jake White has called on the Wallabies forwards to dramatically lift their standards against South Africa tomorrow night, otherwise they will suffer their third...

Rugby

McCabe's return pushes Beale to the bench for Pumas

Pat McCabe of the Brumbies.

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans believes axed fullback Kurtley Beale's conditioning must improve before he can again be considered for a starting Test spot.

Rugby Union

Deans puts Beale on notice

Kurtley Beale tackles South African winger Bryan Habana during the Rugby Championship Test in Perth.

Greg Growden Wallabies coach believes axed full-back Kurtley Beale's conditioning must improve.

Rugby Union

McCabe keen to repay Deans's faith after surprise Wallabies call-up

07 September 2012 Sport, Journalist Lee Gaskin The Canberra Times, Photo Jay Cronan. Wallabies Centre Pat McCabe set to make his return to from Injury on Saturday playing for Wests.

Greg Growden There are a few players whom Wallabies coach Robbie Deans treats like pure gold. One is Adam Ashley-Cooper, because of his ability to excel in so many back line positions, unselfish nature, and...

Rugby Union

Wallabies pair are pure gold

Adam Ashley Cooper

Greg Growden THERE are a few players whom Wallabies coach Robbie Deans treats like pure gold.

Rugby

Go-to man McCabe back on Deans's centre stage

Pat McCabe

Greg Growden THERE are a few players Robbie Deans treats like pure gold. One is Adam Ashley-Cooper because of his ability to excel in so many back-line positions, unselfish nature and belief in the national cause.

Get well soon, fellas: Wallabies have an entire Test team in the infirmary

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have certainly discovered this season whether there is actually any depth in Australian rugby.

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Phipps takes next step in rise up the pecking order

Nick Phipps

Greg Growden IF WALLABIES breakaway Dave Dennis gives the team's new halfback Nick Phipps the glare during Saturday night's Test against Argentina on the Gold Coast there is a reason.

Rugby

Benched Beale will have to work his way back - Deans

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans believes axed fullback Kurtley Beale's conditioning must improve before he can again be considered for a starting Test spot.