Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Wallabies rookie Will Skelton punishes France in final Test of series

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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Wallabies must get early physical edge over France, warns Matt Giteau

General: Frederic Michalak.

Rupert Guinness If the Wallabies allow France to gain an early physical upper hand in the first of three Tests, they will do so at their own peril, warns former Test playmaker Matt Giteau.

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Mathieu Bastareaud will add different dimension for France against Wallabies, says Stirling Mortlock

Mathieu Bastareaud is expected to be named in the French team for the second Test against Australia.

Rupert Guinness The likely selection of Mathieu Bastareaud in the French starting team for the second Test against the Wallabies on Saturday will see "one of the most physically dominant gain-line yardage makers in...

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Wallabies need to be wary of France scrum, says Bob Dwyer

Danger man: Guilhem Guirado.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer believes that France will be at their "most dangeorus" and Australia at their "most vulnerable" going into Saturday's second Test in Melbourne.

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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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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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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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".

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.

Ewen McKenzie says Wallabies will perform and entertain against All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup Test

Man on a mission: Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie believes the Wallabies are ready to show how far they have developed as performers and entertainers one year since their first game under him as their coach when they take on the world...

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Pat McCabe back in Wallabies starting side after overcoming horror injury run

Pat McCabe.

Rupert Guinness When Pat McCabe recalls the blow to his neck when playing Super Rugby for the Brumbies against the Force in March, he admits he was scared his career was over.

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Wallabies forwards back in spotlight for Bledisloe Cup clash with All Blacks

Impressive: Sam Carter has impressed Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Rupert Guinness For all the interest several major changes to the Wallabies back line attracted when the side to play against the All Blacks on Saturday was announced on Tuesday, coach Ewen McKenzie must have...

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Wallabies' new intensity, physicality will not be enough against All Blacks, says Stirling Mortlock

No easy task: Stirling Mortlock says the Wallabies need to play to their best even to have a hope of beating the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness Super Rugby and Test successes this year have imbued the Wallabies with intensity, self-confidence and trust in their physicality.

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Pressure on Wallabies forwards to rise to the challenge

Daunting: Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles will make his run-on debut against the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness Most descriptions of the Wallabies forwards carry strong elements of doubt. As Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie recognised this week, they are a “maligned” pack.

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French rugby clubs look for only the best among Australian players

Will Genia

Rupert Guinness Australians players may have been leaving their mark recently with success in Super Rugby and their collective progress as the Wallabies in their first year under coach Ewen McKenzie.

Rob Horne keen to lay All Blacks hosts to rest at Eden Park

Rob Horne.

Rupert Guinness For Rob Horne the memory is not a scar, but it is certainly deep rooted: that being when he first played for the Wallabies in a Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

Bledisloe clash: Sam Carter ready to embrace bigger role

Sam Carter.

Rupert Guinness Buoyed by the confidence gained from his short but impressive rise to Test rugby, Wallabies lock Sam Carter is keen to take on a greater ball running role if required in the second Bledisloe Cup...

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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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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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