Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Time for Tahs to shake off Crusaders curse

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.

Crusaders make most of chances as Waratahs lack necessary class

Tahs

Greg Growden What a sensational Mr T hairstyle, and what a devastating performance from the Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean.

Landmark triumph over Crusaders puts rising Rebels on front foot to face fast-fading Force

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden THE Melbourne Rebels are describing their victory over the Crusaders as their greatest triumph, while the Western Force are pondering whether they have experienced a more humiliating moment after...

Wounded Waratahs send for wing

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21:  Kurtley Beale of the Rebels takes a high ball during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Rebels at Allianz Stadium on April 21, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs have been forced to look outside their 30-man squad to fill their depleted back line, with Sydney University's Peter Betham in line for a wing spot against the Crusaders in Sydney on...

Waratahs ready to wing it and make Kingston central to plans

Waratahs v Tonga at the SFS. Tom Kingston Friday February 17th 2012Pictures Steve Christo

Greg Growden WARATAHS selectors are seriously considering moving Tom Kingston from the wing to the midfield as a way to ease the pain of their ever growing list of unavailable players for Sunday's match against...

Rugby

Foley waits on fitness of Barnes for crucial clash

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Waratahs remain uncertain what their back-line contingent will look like against the Crusaders at Allianz Stadium tomorrow, relying on five-eighth Berrick Barnes proving he is fit at today's...

Foley proud of ill players' display of will

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Waratahs might have lost to the Crusaders on Sunday, but coach Michael Foley yesterday praised halfback Brendan McKibbin and five-eighth Berrick Barnes for playing even though extremely ill.

NSW turning attention to across the Tasman in search of utility back

Atieli Pakalani

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are looking across the Tasman for a midfielder who can play at five-eighth and fullback after missing out on Reds utility Ben Lucas.

Rugby

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.

Two games, a dozen battles in fight for Test spots

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Greg Growden INDIVIDUAL battles and how certain players perform under pressure in Canberra tonight and Christchurch tomorrow will have an enormous bearing on the make-up of the 35-man Wallabies squad to play...

Ruck & Maul

It's not just on the field that big boys bang heads

Greg Growden Australian rugby relationships are frayed right across the country. The Reds and Force are far from pally over Will Genia's backflip.

Reds stars under scrutiny as Deans plans for Wales

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 03: Robbie Deans, Head Coach       of Australia looks on ahead of the Test match between Wales and the       Australian Wallabies at Millennium Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Cardiff,       Wales. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) deans.jpg

Greg Growden THE importance of the Reds-Crusaders match tomorrow is shown by Wallabies coach Robbie Deans heading across the Tasman to watch it.

Rising Reds spell danger for Brumbies

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Greg Growden The Brumbies look the real deal, but don't yet dismiss the Queensland Reds from finishing on top of the Australian conference.

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Five essential ingredients to get within Bulls' roar

Greg Growden 1. Take advantage of any opposition leg-up

Rugby

Mitchell in the mix for Boks seat on plane

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.

Monday Maul

Reds' revival has repercussions far beyond win on scoresheet

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Greg Growden The local administrators are happy because the Australian conference can produce a match worth watching. Those pushing for Sunday afternoon football are delighted as it lures a 36,000-plus crowd.

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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.

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.

Rugby

O'Connor plays fast and loose - and creates perfect TV

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Greg Growden Don't you just love those half-time interviews when TV types confront delirious players, whose eyes are still rolling in the back of their heads, and ask their thoughts on what had just happened?

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The fine print that puts the Reds well and truly in the frame

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.