Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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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.

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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...

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

Too hot to handle: Few have managed to contain Folau this season.

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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Wallabies rookie Will Skelton punishes France in final Test of series

Will Skelton celebrates after the Test between the Wallabies and France at Allianz Stadium.

Rupert Guinness If there is one name the French will be muttering as they fly back home following their 39-13 loss to the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium on Saturday besides that of Israel Folau, it will be that of...

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French warn Wallabies to expect a different opposition in Rugby Championship

Game on: Australian and French forwards pack down at Allianz Stadium.

Rupert Guinness French captain Thierry Dusautoir wished the Wallabies success for when they take on the All Blacks and Springboks in the Rugby Championship later this year after his side lost to Australia in Sydney...

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Ewen McKenzie has one eye on Rugby Championship

Starved: Israel Folau gets near the ball in a rare moment  against the French.

Rupert Guinness With a series win over France secure, Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has left open the possibility of tweaking his side for Saturday's third and final Test against 'Les Bleus' in Sydney to increase...

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Les Bleus show passion to give Test series much-needed shot in the arm

Brice Dulin tries to make a break for the French in Melbourne.

Rupert Guinness On the eve of the second Test between Australia and France, Thierry Dusautoir - captain of 'Les Bleus' - spoke of how he shared the pain of his teammates one week earlier in Brisbane as he sat in the...

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie a mysterious man, says Mathieu Bastareaud

French centre Mathieu Bastareaud takes some stopping.

Rupert Guinness French back Mathieu Bastareaud believes Wallabies coach Ewen Mckenzie is a "mysterious" man who keeps things close to his chest.

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French say they have done their homework on Wallabies rookie Will Skelton

Rupert Guinness There is no chance of Wallabies rookie Will Skelton slipping under the radar of the French in the third and final Test of the series in Sydney on Saturday afternoon because of his lack of...

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NSW Waratahs are still going to win Super Rugby title, says Jacques Potgieter

Still on course?  Jacques Potgieter insists the Waratahs haven't dropped their bundle.

Rupert Guinness Mid-season slump ... what mid-season slump? Ask Jacques Potgieter and the Waratahs are still on course to win the Super Rugby title.

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Waratahs half Nick Phipps says tough love needed to overcome mid-season slump

Half the battle: Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps.

Rupert Guinness The NSW Waratahs must be willing to absorb the lessons of a "brutal" review of their defeat against the Blues on Friday if they are to overcome their mid-season slump with a win against the...

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ARU boss Bill Pulver to be grilled by states over Super 18 plan

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09:  New CEO of Australian Rugby Union Bill Pulver speaks to the media during an ARU press conference at ARU Headquarters on January 9, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Australian rugby boss Bill Pulver is expected be face an intense grilling when he pitches the merits of a proposed four-conference model for Super Rugby to the provinces at a meeting in Sydney on...

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Wycliff Palu's return 'uplifting' as Waratahs face must-win game against Hurricanes

Fresh: Wycliff Palu back in full training with the Waratahs.

Rupert Guinness The impact of Wycliff Palu's return to the Waratahs' starting side extends beyond the trademark physicality and ball carrying capability that he brings to the side, says NSW prop Benn Robinson.

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RUGBY: Waratahs defence vital if they are to keep out Canes

Rupert Guinness For all the belief the Waratahs have in their attack, they know it could count for nought against the prolific try scorers of Super Rugby, the Hurricanes, on Saturday if they repeat their error...

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Phil Blake named first National Rugby Championship coach

Rupert Guinness Manly coach Phil Blake is first to be named as a head coach of one of the teams in this year's inaugural National Rugby Championship.

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Manly-Warringah battle for top club spot

Shute Shield

Rupert Guinness As if the rivalry between Warringah and Manly in the Shute Shield is not enough to entertain on any given round, their meeting on Saturday is set to be a titanic clash.

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North Harbour Rays tap into a history cut short for National Rugby Championship

The North Harbour Rays logo.

Rupert Guinness The North Harbour Rays will embark on this year's inaugural National Rugby Championship believing that history is on their side.