Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

New scrum law will take time for teams to learn

Rupert Guinness "Let's give it a crack," South African referee Craig Joubert told the two opposing forward packs nine minutes into Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup Test.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie won't speak of No.2 world ranking chances

No second prize: Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is not getting excited about his side potentially snatching the world No.2 ranking.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is declining to publicly embrace as motivation the lure of a No.2 world ranking that will come by beating the Springboks next Saturday.

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Al Baxter backs Benn Robinson on return to the Wallabies

On the charge: Benn Robinson.

Rupert Guinness The praise for Benn Robinson preceding his return to the Wallabies squad that many observers felt was overdue has been for his experience and scrummaging technique.

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There's more to Wallabies game than running the ball, says halfback Nick Phipps

Rupert Guinness Nick Phipps has warned against observers thinking the Wallabies are one-trick ponies who will not vary their game.

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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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Taqele Naiyaravoro leads Rams' demolition of Stars

Taqele Naiyaravoro made an eye-catching Shute Shield debut for Parramatta.

Rupert Guinness Taqele Naiyaravoro's is a name that will be spoken of regularly if his game for the Greater Sydney Rams in their 47-18 victory over the Sydney Stars at Pirtek Oval is anything to go by.

More desperation needed to beat All Blacks, says former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones

Wake-up call: Eddie Jones at Coogee Beach.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is back to full health and has some opinions on how Australia can improve.

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Wallabies training week lifts Benn Robinson for NRC clash

Benn Robinson will line up for the Rams on Saturday.

Rupert Guinness Benn Robinson can't wait to catch up with Paddy Ryan after a training week with the Wallabies that left him feeling "like a greenhorn … a young bloke coming in."

Cadeyrn Neville ready to lock in bid for Wallabies spot

Opportunity ... Cadeyrn Neville, right, tackles Nick Phipps during a Wallabies training session.

Rupert Guinness There are those who speak of a lack of depth in the Wallabies second-row stocks. Cadeyrn Neville is not one of them.

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Big Kane's void too large to fill, suspects Michael Cheika

Rupert Guinness As Waratahs coach Michael Cheika looks far and wide to complete his Super Rugby roster for next year, he expects the void left by second-rower Kane Douglas will remain unfilled.

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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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Richie McCaw and Tony Woodcock past their prime: Ross Reynolds

Bledisloe Cup winners:  Richie McCaw, left, and Tony Woodcock, who won the trophy last month.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies No.8 Ross Reynolds has continued the Bledisloe Cup war of words by claiming All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and prop Tony Woodcock are past their prime - less than a fortnight after...

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How Mark Ella taught Michael Cheika to relax

Learning from the greats: Mark Ella playing for Randwick in 1984.

Rupert Guinness When most people refer to the influence of Wallabies legend Mark Ella on the game of rugby union, they recall his on-field wizardry and brilliance with the ball in hand.

Wallaby Will Skelton laces up for NRC hit-out before facing Springboks

Different class: Wallabies cult hero Will Skelton will play for Sydney Stars in the NRC on Sunday.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies forward Will Skelton will rub shoulders in a line-up on Sunday that includes players from Test, Shute Shield and sub-districts rugby. And he says he is nervous.

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Wallabies' loss to All Blacks to play part in selection for Springboks Test, says Ewen McKenzie

Aberrant: Israel Folau after the defeat to New Zealand.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is still of the belief that his side's thrashing by the All Blacks at Eden Park last Saturday week was more an "aberration" than than a measure of the gulf between the...

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Wallabies? Will Skelton is happy just to play a full game for the Sydney Stars

Target: Will Skelton attracted plenty of attention from Melbourne Rising.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies lock Will Skelton would not speculate about his selection odds for Saturday's Test against the Springboks in Perth after his first full game in more than three months with the Sydney Stars...

Confusion over James O'Connor's plans despite Queensland Reds deal

Runaway success; James O'Connor scores a try for Toulon on the weekend.

Rupert Guinness The short term future of James O'Connor and his return to Australia is shored up. But confusion reigns about his long-term plans after the World Cup in Britain next year.

National Rugby Championship provides chance to shine for fringe Waratahs star Greg Peterson

Building momentum: second-rower Greg Peterson.

Rupert Guinness When second rower Greg Peterson and the Manly Marlins lost their Shute Shield semi-final to Eastwood at home last month, the towering lock was a devastated man.

Player draft for Super Rugby players needs to be part of a complete strategy

Nick Cummins: Lost to Australian Rugby.

Rupert Guinness Pause. Take a deep breath. Think hard and and think of the big picture. That was the thrust behind the response of the national players' association to calls by the Western Force for a draft system...

Welcome ... but no guarantees, says McKenzie to O'Connor and Hunt

Ewen McKenzie is happy to have more choice when it comes to picking his World Cup squad.

Rupert Guinness The signing of James O'Connor and Karmichael Hunt by the Queensland Reds left Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie happily declaring the "more people we have to choose from [for the World Cup] the merrier".