Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Waratahs to turn up excitement without kicking out game plan

Greg Growden THE call to be more extravagant has come from above, but don't expect the Waratahs to suddenly become the great entertainers of this year's Super Rugby tournament.

Sulking South Africans stand no chance of adding to Super quota

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Greg Growden It's February, the Super Rugby season is about to start, and - shock, horror - the South African provinces are having an almighty whinge.

Mitchell tipped to miss half season

Greg Growden Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell is in danger of missing half the Super Rugby season, which will force the Waratahs to play two youngsters for their opening match against the Queensland Reds in Sydney...

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NSW side to face Reds a testament to player attrition

Sarel Pretorius

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are scheduled to have just eight survivors from their triumph over Queensland a year ago, when they meet the Reds at ANZ Stadium in the Super Rugby opening round on Saturday night - a...

Africans won't take no for answer on expansion plan

Schalk Burger

Greg Growden AUSTRALIA and New Zealand have discovered that where SANZAR is concerned, South Africa are ever persistent, endlessly pushing their cause on and off the field.

Ruck and Maul

Cheika could check in back home

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Greg Growden The prospect of Heineken Cup-winning coach Michael Cheika being in charge of an Australian Super Rugby team has intensified.

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Cooper no shoo-in to take spot from Reds superboot

Quade Cooper?

Greg Growden NO WONDER Quade Cooper was looking a bit edgy during a television interview after the Reds' win over the Force in Brisbane on Saturday night.

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Deans ready with replay button as new faces audition

Super Rugby. Waratahs training at Lakeside oval opposite the SCG. pic shows Wallabies coach Robbie Deans at waratahs training.Thursday 1st March, 2012SMH SPORT pics by anthony johnson

Greg Growden ON AUSTRALIA'S Super Rugby Saturday, several fringe Wallabies candidates have the chance to convince the selectors they are ready for top-level football.

Monday Maul

After House of Pain, Tahs realise some gain

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Greg Growden Australian Rugby's Super Saturday taught us that covered stadiums are the way to go, referees have too much of a say in outcomes, the Waratahs are the Hard-luck Hals of the competition, the Rebels do...

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SANZAR seeks security report from Bulls on bottle-throwing incident

Braid

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...

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World Cup proved Samo is the man to answer Reds' SOS call

Radike Samo

Greg Growden A HIGHLIGHT of the Wallabies' World Cup campaign last year was the unexpected sight of Test No.8 Radike Samo playing on the wing against Russia in Nelson.

Tahs ready to bench marquee halfback

Sarel Pretorius

Greg Growden THE Waratahs' marquee overseas signing Sarel Pretorius is in danger of being demoted to the bench for his team's first encounter of the year against his countrymen when they play the Sharks in Sydney...

Overhaul is the only sure thing next season

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Greg Growden The Waratahs are uncertain how many will be in their squad next year or how much they can spend, but several high-profile players are already looking elsewhere.

Only deluded would back local team for title

Reds

Greg Growden Six Super Rugby rounds completed and Australian rugby has been hit for six.

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Unbeaten and unbowed: savvy Stormers blow Highlanders away to sit on top of the heap

Dean Greyling

Greg Growden THE Stormers have certified themselves as dangerous Super Rugby frontrunners in a dramatic round that involved brawls and accusations of eye-gouging.

Extra team has made Australians weaker, not stronger, argues Loe

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Scott Higginbotham of the Reds is tackled by Tom Carter of the Waratahs during the round one Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Reds at ANZ Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) 139786007.jpg

Greg Growden WITH the Brumbies the only local team in the top half of the Super Rugby ladder, renowned All Blacks hardman Richard Loe argues that the introduction of a fifth Australian franchise ''hasn't done...

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Time for Tahs to shake off Crusaders curse

Lote Tuqiri

Greg Growden THERE'S no point asking most of the Waratahs what is the key to beating the Crusaders, because they haven't got a clue.

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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.

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Sunday home games suit us to a T, say Tahs

Waratahs supporters?

Greg Growden THE Waratahs will lobby SANZAR and the Australian Rugby Union for all their Sydney home games to be played on Sunday afternoons.

Some days the Force can't catch a break

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 05:  Salesi Manu (L) of the Force looks to break through the Cheetahs defence during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Western Force from Free State Stadium on May 5, 2012 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THEY lose their head coach, Richard Graham, to the Reds. Then Will Genia does an about face and opts not to move to Perth.