Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Highlanders gathering, but Tahs will be equipped

Greg Growden THE Waratahs believe they have the necessary variety in their attack - in particular knowing when to go direct - to avoid any Highlanders trap.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Real Quade tipped to stand up to Boks

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Greg Growden Quade Cooper did not excite too many with his lacklustre performance against the All Blacks in Auckland last Saturday night.

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...

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.

'Sore' Barnes ruled out as Elsom's rocky start persists

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden The NSW Waratahs have been dealt a fresh injury blow with Wallabies star Berrick Barnes ruled out of Friday’s Super Rugby clash with the Melbourne Rebels.

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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.

This team needs strong leadership, so here's to you, Mr Robinson

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Greg Growden Not surprisingly, Waratahs coach Michael Foley was talking tough after his team put up the white flag against the Western Force.

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Sevens star Foley to fill fullback role for Tahs

Bernard Foley

Greg Growden AUSTRALIAN Sevens captain Bernard Foley is preparing to take over as the Waratahs fullback against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday night, with Adam Ashley-Cooper discovering he will have another...

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Foley in a fix as Tahs run low on rakes

Damien Fitzpatrick

Greg Growden IF YOU have a masochistic streak, get a thrill out of being a contortionist, don't mind bashing your forehead up against soggy turf and can fling a football with the accuracy of a professional darts...

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Third time lucky: Barnes' storming session leaves Carter on outer

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden The Waratahs have named Berrick Barnes at inside-centre for Saturday's clash against the Highlanders, forcing last week's two-try hero, Tom Carter, to the bench.

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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Foley keeps faith with luckless Tahs

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 10:  Lopeti Timani of the Waratahs offloads the ball during the round three Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Waratahs at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 10, 2012 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Greg Growden WARATAHS coach Michael Foley will stress to his players this week that despite two tight losses and a long injury list it is crucial they do not lose faith in their ability.

Rugby

Big man Timani back in the mix after completing Japanese jaunt

Lopeti Timani?

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are at last able to select Wallabies second-rower Sitaleki Timani following his stint in Japanese club rugby, but now don't know when they will see his younger brother Lopeti again.

Waratahs warned Sharks are hungry for overdue victory

John Plumtree

Greg Growden WHILE the Waratahs are having sleepless nights coming to terms with their worst start to a Super Rugby season since 1997, the jet-lagged Sharks are attempting to find an answer to why they can't win...

Waratahs get last laugh as victory comes knocking

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Greg Growden Whenever the Waratahs fall apart, half of Sydney become stand-up comics - special subject: rugby put-down lines aimed at lampooning those at Moore Park. It's been going on for years.

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