Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Former Easts coach Mark Bakewell eyes opportunities in Japan

Rupert Guinness Mark Bakewell says it would be a "massive bonus" if his new coaching position with the Tokyo-based club Suntory leads to an opportunity with a Japan franchise in an expanded Super Rugby competition.

Rugby

Ewen McKenzie expects Michael Cheika to coach his way

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie believes Michael Cheika will continue to coach the Waratahs in his trademark passionate heart-on-sleeve manner, despite it having landed him in hot water with SANZAR during last...

One-Test Wallaby Gordon Stone becomes first centurion

Wallabies centurion: Former Australian rugby union representative Gordon Stone will turn 100 on Sunday.

Rupert Guinness Ask Gordon Stone about his foremost memory of the one Test he played for the Wallabies against the All Blacks on June 28, 1938 and he says: “The size of the crowd and that my father was present to...

Rugby

Wallabies legend George Smith won't make another Super Rugby comeback for Brumbies

George Smith.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies great George Smith has ruled himself out of making another comeback to the Brumbies to fill the void of injured flanker David Pocock.

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Rugby

Stephen Larkham lines up a new goal with the Brumbies

Super Rugby success: Larkham playing for the Brumbies.

Rupert Guinness As a player, Stephen Larkham always had time on his side. Now he is trying to translate that vision to his players as a coach.

Rugby

Ewen McKenzie 'blessed’ in captaincy choices

David Pocock

Rupert Guinness With Wallabies captain Ben Mowen set to move overseas, the question is who will lead Australia against France in June and beyond to the World Cup next year.

Rugby

Super Rugby: NSW Waratahs' Paddy Ryan to start against the Force

Starter: Paddy Ryan.

Rupert Guinness Paddy Ryan doesn't like waiting, as he did for more than a year between playing his first and second Test.

Rugby

Waratahs veterans fed up with title talk and no trophy, says Dave Dennis

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24:  David Dennis of the Waratahs makes a break during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on May 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Every year the Waratahs say the same thing: they are ready to step up in their bid for a Super Rugby title. But as each season passes, the title remains frustratingly elusive.

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Rugby

Michael Cheika's list shows coach's vision for revitalising NSW Waratahs

Alofa Alofa

Rupert Guinness WHEN Michael Cheika became the Waratahs' head coach, he more or less inherited his squad from his predecessor, Michael Foley, rather than one tailored to suit the style he wanted NSW to play.

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Rugby

Justin Harrison and co whip Narbonne into shape

Justin Harrison

Rupert Guinness As the coaching career of former Wallaby Justin Harrison continues to rise, so does the ambition of his French club, Narbonne, who are no longer seen as cellar dwellers but real contenders after an...

Rugby

French rugby club to turn its back on Sandor Earl

SPORT  - Sandor Earl has a laugh during training at Raiders HQ, Bruce, Canberra.                                                                   7th March  2013.                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by, Colleen Petch of The Canberra Times.

Rupert Guinness News of the doping scandal that has engulfed Canberra Raiders winger Sandor Earl has stunned the French rugby club in Pau he was set to join after his NRL commitments this year were over.

Rugby

Wallabies great John Hipwell dead

John Hipwell.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallaby halfback and captain John Hipwell who died on Monday was one of the “great” leaders of Australia rugby, according to one his closest friends and old teammates, Geoff 'Bunter' Shaw.

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Rugby

Loss still lingers for new recruit Douglas

Kane Douglas

Rupert Guinness As Kane Douglas embraced his joy for being called up to the Wallabies squad for this year's British and Irish Lions series, it was understandable that he took time out to consider his mother Trish,...

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Rugby

White stands ready at last to shoulder the load as a Wallaby understudy

Nic White

Rupert Guinness It's a good thing for Nic White that the spirited Brumbies halfback can still laugh at how fate has played for and against him in his rugby career of late.

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Union

Bruising derbies have toughened up Wallabies for onslaught from tourists - Rebel

Phipps

Rupert Guinness The Australian derbies in Super Rugby this year have taken their toll on the Wallabies as they prepare to take on the British and Irish Lions.

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Rugby

Talent to burn: Burgess insists Wallabies should call on Australians abroad

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Rupert Guinness The Australian Rugby Union should rethink its rule making players signed with overseas clubs ineligible for Wallabies selection, says Rebels halfback Luke Burgess.

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Rugby

Barnes set for Japan at season's end

Berrick Barnes

Rupert Guinness STAR Wallabies and Waratahs back Berrick Barnes is understood to have committed to playing in Japan as soon as this year's Super rugby season over and is on the verge of signing a contract with the...

Rugby

Cheika backs culture shift to keep Barnes from Japan

Berrick Barnes

Rupert Guinness AS EXPECTATION mounts that Wallabies and Waratahs back Berrick Barnes is poised to leave Australia for Japan, his new coach at NSW, Michael Cheika, is refusing to say ''sayonara'' to his star...

Rugby Union

Wallabies great Smith ready to play at home in Super deal

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13:  George Smith of the Brumbies in action during the round five Super 14 match between the Brumbies and the Sharks at Canberra Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** George Smith

Rupert Guinness WALLABIES legend George Smith is poised to make a return to Australian rugby to play for a Super Rugby franchise on a short-term deal for this season.

Rugby Union

Smith's return a challenge, even for Pocock, warns Cheika

Smith

Rupert Guinness AS SOON as he heard Wallabies legend George Smith was returning to Australia to play for the Brumbies this season, NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika began stirring the pot in hope that the 110-Test...