Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

White ready to brush England to stay with Brumbies

Jake White

Greg Growden The ACT Brumbies may not have to search for a new coach, as Jake White, who has been linked to the England job, has told the Brumbies players he plans to stay in Canberra.

MONDAY MAUL

No bull: White's men have turned it around

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Greg Growden It has taken a while, but the Brumbies have to be taken seriously. For weeks, many have been waiting for this young bunch of no-names to lose their way.

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Injuries and departures give Beale room to make his mark as playmaker

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden THE push for Kurtley Beale to take over the Wallabies Test five-eighth spot next month will turn into a massive shove if he holds his own against Springboks No.

Warburton so happy in role as unknown threat

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Greg Growden SAM WARBURTON is delighting in the fact he can wander around Brisbane this week without anyone pestering him about rugby. As long as he does not wear the Welsh garb, he has generally been left alone.

Rugby

Fearless Welsh can forget past headaches

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08:  Rhys Priestland of Wales looks on during the Wales rugby captain's run at Suncorp Stadium on June 8, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden WALES will walk out tall, proud and confident at Suncorp Stadium tonight, firmly believing they will end 43 years of misery on Australian soil.

Rugby union

Much more than pride on the line

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Greg Growden Waratahs-Reds encounters - the longest rivalry in Australian rugby - revolve around personal pride.

Rugby

Barnes calls on pack to let backs apply running game

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Wallabies backs, infuriated they have been branded conservative and defence-oriented, want to use the Springboks Test to remind all they actually know how to score tries, and plenty of them.

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.

Read it and weep: real heroes found on the shelves, not on the field

Greg Growden If, during this marathon season, any disillusioned footballer needs to gain inspiration, good advice would be to detour from the gym and head to a bookshop or library in search of several important...

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Rugby

Claims for World Cup compo given new boost

O'Neill

Greg Growden AUSTRALIA'S hopes of receiving better compensation for lost earnings during World Cup years have been given a boost through the appointment of their most influential official to the tournament's...

Ruck and Maul

It's not all White at the Brumbies

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Greg Growden Gone are the days when the Brumbies were the trendsetters of Australian rugby. Now they have turned into the Bumbling Brumbies comedy act, losing players, fans and struggling for coaching stability.

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Monday Maul

After House of Pain, Tahs realise some gain

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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Match report

France stumble into final after Welsh see red

France

Greg Growden An unimpressive France advanced to the World Cup final when they received an enormous leg-up after Wales were forced to play with only 14 men for more than an hour in last night's dramatic but...

Hosts far from their best in first outing

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Greg Growden A stunning World Cup opening ceremony, but nothing more than a solid start for the All Blacks.

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Wallabies lay down World Cup marker

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Greg Growden After some early stutters the Wallabies produced an excellent second-half display against Italy stamping the team as real World Cup title contenders.

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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.