Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Israel Folau warns Brumbies: It's not just me and Kurtley Beale

Rupert Guinness Israel Folau dismisses any concern about the Brumbies plotting to shut him and Kurtley Beale down in Saturday's Super Rugby fixture in Sydney, as they did when the two teams last met and the ACT side...

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Will Skelton set for next step up in Super Rugby clash with Brumbies, says Waratahs coach Cheika

Good Will hunting: Skelton will be a marked man after his impressive debut for the Wallabies.

Rupert Guinness The next phase of rising Waratahs star Will Skelton’s development will begin on Saturday night when he backs up from his strong Wallabies debut to take a place on the bench in NSW’s Super...

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Waratahs stars have had Super Rugby clash with Brumbies on their minds even on Wallabies duty, says Nick Phipps

Nick Phipps of the Waratahs makes a break during the round 11 Super Rugby match against the Blues.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps won’t talk of the importance of his head-to-head clash with Wallabies teammate Nic White in Saturday night Super Rugby game against the Brumbies.

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Justin Harrison tips Waratahs to have edge over Brumbies in Super Rugby

Justin Harrison

Rupert Guinness It is a sentiment you would have been unlikely to hear from Justin Harrison at the height of his playing career, when he turned out for the Brumbies before switching to fierce rivals the Waratahs.

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Wallabies legend George Smith won't make another Super Rugby comeback for Brumbies

George Smith.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies great George Smith has ruled himself out of making another comeback to the Brumbies to fill the void of injured flanker David Pocock.

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Dave Dennis fails to douse rumours of get-square against Brumbies

Waratahs captain Dave Dennis.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs captain Dave Dennis says this weekend's game against the Brumbies won't be a get-square over the Dublin drinking controversy last year. But his smile says otherwise.

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Stephen Larkham lines up a new goal with the Brumbies

Super Rugby success: Larkham playing for the Brumbies.

Rupert Guinness As a player, Stephen Larkham always had time on his side. Now he is trying to translate that vision to his players as a coach.

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Injuries take toll, but Waratahs are ready to trouble Brumbies

Wycliff Palu

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika put on a brave face on Monday by playing down the loss of Wallaby back-rower Wycliff Palu due to an injured ankle for Saturday's clash against the Brumbies in Canberra.

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Changes likely as Cheika tries to account for Brumbies loss

Berrick

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has indicated he will make several changes to his side to play the Cheetahs from South Africa on Friday night after being thrashed by the Brumbies last Saturday,...

Wallabies must get set-piece fixed despite injuries, says Stephen Moore

Won and lost: Positive results start at the set piece.

Rupert Guinness For all the talk of the Wallabies needing to play running rugby, the spate of injuries in the hooking position that is poised to see the ninth ranked rake in the country called up again for their...

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Why Matt Giteau is worth €1millon a year

Mathew Giteau

Rupert Guinness Matt Giteau has long been lost to the Wallabies for next year's World Cup, but the bidding in French rugby for his services speaks volumes about his value as a player.

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Ewen McKenzie says Wallabies will perform and entertain against All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup Test

Man on a mission: Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie believes the Wallabies are ready to show how far they have developed as performers and entertainers one year since their first game under him as their coach when they take on the world...

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Pat McCabe back in Wallabies starting side after overcoming horror injury run

Pat McCabe.

Rupert Guinness When Pat McCabe recalls the blow to his neck when playing Super Rugby for the Brumbies against the Force in March, he admits he was scared his career was over.

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Wallabies' new intensity, physicality will not be enough against All Blacks, says Stirling Mortlock

No easy task: Stirling Mortlock says the Wallabies need to play to their best even to have a hope of beating the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness Super Rugby and Test successes this year have imbued the Wallabies with intensity, self-confidence and trust in their physicality.

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Richie McCaw's flame still burning bright, says Michael Hooper

Richie McCaw

Rupert Guinness The question to Wallabies captain Michael Hooper was never going to get the answer the reporter wished for: is his All Blacks opponent Richie McCaw a spent force?

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Pressure on Wallabies forwards to rise to the challenge

Daunting: Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles will make his run-on debut against the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness Most descriptions of the Wallabies forwards carry strong elements of doubt. As Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie recognised this week, they are a “maligned” pack.

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Bledisloe clash: Sam Carter ready to embrace bigger role

Sam Carter.

Rupert Guinness Buoyed by the confidence gained from his short but impressive rise to Test rugby, Wallabies lock Sam Carter is keen to take on a greater ball running role if required in the second Bledisloe Cup...

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Kane Douglas says watching Wallabies was hard but still no regrets over Irish move

Happy with his choices: Kane Douglas.

Rupert Guinness Kane Douglas admits that watching the Wallabies clinch a 3-0 series win over France on television last Saturday pulled on the heart strings a little, knowing that he could have played in it had he...

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We have done nothing yet, says Waratahs coach Michael Cheika

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs may be primed to host a home game in this year's Super Rugby finals series and in their best position to win the title, but in the eyes of coach Michael Cheika they have not achieved...

Andrew Fifita not on our radar, says Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie says Andrew Fifita has not slipped back onto his recruitment radar since the breakdown of the NRL player's long-term deal with Canterbury this week.