Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

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Call of duty for ambushed Wallabies

James O'Connor

Greg Growden CONCERNS that the Wallabies may suffer an embarrassment similar to losing to Samoa last season and Scotland in 2009 have convinced Test selectors to force key players to back up three times in one...

Rugby

Kurtley Beale ruled out of Wallabies squad

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03:  Kurtley Beale of the Rebels is tackled during the Super Rugby trial match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Chiefs at Simonds Stadium on February 3, 2012 in Geelong, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Greg Growden The Wallabies have suffered another major injury blow with Rebels utility Kurtley Beale ruled of the four Tests in June against Scotland and Wales.

All eyes on Barnes as Wallabies spot rests on clash with Canes

barnes

Greg Growden The Wallabies have tried three different five-eighths at training this week - Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas and Mike Harris - but how Berrick Barnes fares in tonight's match for the Waratahs will determine...

Rugby

Cooper skids into Wallabies contention

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden QUADE COOPER was fast-tracked into the Wallabies' train-on squad last night because of concerns that Kurtley Beale, the first choice Test five-eighth, might not be able to play against Scotland in...

Rugby

Deans puts his faith in newcomers and those tried and trusted

Berrick Barnes.

Greg Growden ROBBIE DEANS is adamant the Waratahs he has selected in tomorrow night's Test team to play Scotland in Newcastle will soon forget their provincial woes and immediately produce for their country.

Monday Maul

Tahs cohorts must forget wretched run or they will suffer against Scots

Greg Growden.

Greg Growden Robbie Deans will this week have to show that, apart from being a top-level coach, he is a master psychologist, motivator, mind reader and faith healer.

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More tensions for Tahs as Foley faces review, team boss exits

NSW Waratahs at training today,action during training prior to their next game.Photography Brendan Espositosmh,4th may,2012

Greg Growden THE Waratahs' woes continue, with their long-standing team manager, Chris Webb, deciding to leave the beleaguered province at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Wallabies' Super focus prevents training camp

Greg Growden The Wallabies will not follow the All Blacks lead in conducting training camps during the early part of the Super Rugby season, instead relying on a few days of full training before the start of the...

All Blacks tactic of running early-season camps not for Wallabies

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 23:  Assistant coach of the All Blacks Steve Hansen looks on as his players practise scrumming ahead of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup Final match between France and New Zealand at Eden Park on October 23, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Wallabies will not follow the All Blacks' lead in conducting training camps during the early part of the Super Rugby season, and instead rely on a few days of full training before the start of...

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...

Rugby

Deans warns depleted Reds loom as threat for Waratahs

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans has issued a warning that the Queensland Reds could be an even more dangerous team without Quade Cooper this season as it will force them to become the most unpredictable...

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.

Rugby

Wounded Reds help Sharks regain bite before road trip

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 17: James Horwill of the St.George Queensland Reds in action during the Super Rugby match between The Sharks and Reds at Mr Price Kings Park on March 17, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs woes continue to grow, with their next opponent - the Sharks - getting the required confidence boost before their road trip by enjoying one of their most spirited comebacks in years to...

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.

Donald ducks a flying beer jug as Durban's dregs surface again

stephendonald

Greg Growden DURBAN was again the venue for disgraceful crowd behaviour when Chiefs five-eighth Stephen Donald was twice pelted with missiles during their dramatic 19-18 win over the Sharks early yesterday.