Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

White says salary cap and lack of depth hold back Australian teams

Greg Growden FORMER Springboks World Cup-winning coach Jake White has suddenly discovered why Australian teams have only occasionally won the Super Rugby tournament.

Rugby Union

Wary Wallabies three captains down

Will Genia is treated for an injury during the Rugby Championship match against South Africa.

Greg Growden Will Genia becomes third Australian Test skipper in a row to suffer a season-ending injury.

Little love lost between old foes as Deans takes clear swipe at Henry

Graham Henry

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has had a clever dig at his old All Blacks foe Graham Henry while promoting next year's British and Irish Lions tour.

Rugby

Genia gone for six months as captain's curse strikes

Will Genia

Greg Growden THE Wallabies are pondering whether it is wise to officially announce another captain after Will Genia become their third Test skipper in a row to suffer a season-ending injury.

No guts, no glory: Wallabies pass important test of character

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Greg Growden After almost smashing his walkie-talkie against his forehead during the match, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer finally calmed down, and explained what it is all about.

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.

West not best for Wallabies

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Greg Growden The decision to stage Wallabies Tests against NRL and AFL finals matches has hit a snag. While the idea in essence has merit, it becomes a fizzer when the Wallabies are struggling, and those in...

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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Union

Exciting Pumas hard to predict

Australian Wallabies sponsorship.

Greg Growden Australian Rugby Union officials get strange requests from touring teams, but few as odd as the one a few nights ago.

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 Union

Wild Pumas stalking the Wallabies

Argentina's first-rate five-eighth Juan Martin Hernandez in action.

Greg Growden Australian Rugby Union officials get strange requests from touring teams, but few as odd as this.

Rugby

Fun, fearsome Argentinians light fire under stale schedule

Martin Scelzo (L) and Agustin Creevy (L) of Argentina celebrate following their team's 13-12 victory during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Scotland at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Greg Growden AUSTRALIAN Rugby Union officials get strange requests from touring teams, but not many as odd as the one a few nights ago.

Rugby Union

Wallabies survive a mauling

Wallabies

Greg Growden, Gold Coast The Wallabies were bashed, smashed and almost crashed, but held on long enough for a brave four-point victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast last night.

Union

Wallabies hold off fierce Pumas

Greg Growden THE WALLABIES were bashed, smashed and almost crashed, but somehow held on long enough to be able to enjoy a brave 23-19 victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast last night.

Rugby Union

Luck plays a part in Wallabies' last-ditch win

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Greg Growden The Wallabies, delighted they kept their composure during the 23-19 victory over Argentina, are realistic enough to know luck may have been on their side during the dying stages of the Gold Coast...

A Rocky start under Cheika

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Greg Growden If, as expected, Michael Cheika is announced the new Waratahs coach in the next few days, don't be surprised if a former Wallabies captain is again sighted wandering around Moore Park.

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