Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Seven changes as Tahs take Bulls by the horn

Greg Growden THE WARATAHS will react to their embarrassing loss to the Brumbies by making up to seven changes, including the promotion of Sarel Pretorius and the demotion of Tom Carter, for Friday night's game...

Waratahs beef up back line for Bulls battle

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Greg Growden THE Waratahs' South African halfback Sarel Pretorius has told his teammates the only way to beat the Bulls is to be physical - and the selectors have responded by bolstering their arsenal for Friday...

Five essential ingredients to get within Bulls' roar

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SANZAR seeks security report from Bulls on bottle-throwing incident

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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...

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...

Rugby

Mitchell in the mix for Boks seat on plane

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Greg Growden Drew Mitchell is expected to be declared fit today for the Waratahs' two-match tour of South Africa, but whether he goes will be determined by what happens during tonight's game against the Bulls.

Visitors barge over to leave Tahs scratching their heads

Greg Growden THE long flight from Sydney to Johannesburg is a trial at the best of times. But for the Waratahs, who head to the Republic this morning, it will turn into a torture trip, as they will spend hour...

Waratahs selections to focus on forwards rotation for must-win clash

Timani

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are expected to again rotate several forwards, with Dave Dennis and Sitaleki Timani in line to return to the starting line-up for this weekend's match against the Stormers in Cape Town.

Crouch, touch, pause, disengage - scrum blight set for the chop

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Greg Growden The IRB has for some time been known as the Irrational Rugby Board, due to its fair share of dopey decisions over the years.

Down and out: Waratahs' finals hopes are kicked into touch by dour and ill-disciplined display

Fullback Bernard Foley (C) of Australia's New South Wales Waratahs is tackled by Deon Fourie (L) and Steven Kitshoff (R) of South Africa's Stormers, during their Super Rugby union match in Cape Town, May 19, 2012.   REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Greg Growden NOT since the miserable 2007 season, when they completely lost their way, have a kick-obsessed Waratahs suffered such a lengthy losing stretch.

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Tahs brass vows 'repercussions' if team pulls off yet another loss

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Greg Growden How the Waratahs fare against the Cheetahs on Sunday will not only determine whether they end an exasperating, month-long losing streak but will also impact on the future of numerous leading team...

Waratahs' follies in another one-point defeat puts greater pressure on Foley's grip on the top job

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11:  Waratahs coach Michael Foley looks dejected after losing the round 12 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Bulls at Allianz Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are in crisis following the most exasperating and brain-dead of losses in South Africa where, for the third time this season, they fell just one point short of their opponents.

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Beale charged over pub incident

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Greg Growden Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale will face one count of common assault following an alleged scuffle at a Brisbane hotel.

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More tensions for Tahs as Foley faces review, team boss exits

NSW Waratahs at training today,action during training prior to their next game.Photography Brendan Espositosmh,4th may,2012

Greg Growden THE Waratahs' woes continue, with their long-standing team manager, Chris Webb, deciding to leave the beleaguered province at the end of the Super Rugby season.

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.

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Passing comment sparks more unrest

Hard to fix ... Comments on the Warathas halfback Sarel Pretorius' passing skills cause unrest within the club.

Greg Growden At a time when the Waratahs are desperately trying to improve team morale, critical comments about their star import Sarel Pretorius have inflamed the situation.

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Wallabies eye Beale as new Test five-eighth

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden KURTLEY BEALE is poised to take over the Test five-eighth spot due to James O’Connor’s unavailability for the Wallabies internationals in June, while Dan Vickerman’s playing future is again clouded.

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.

Injuries and departures give Beale room to make his mark as playmaker

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden THE push for Kurtley Beale to take over the Wallabies Test five-eighth spot next month will turn into a massive shove if he holds his own against Springboks No.