Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Match report

Wallabies reeling after shock loss to Ireland

Greg Growden AUCKLAND: It doesn't get any more embarrassing than this for Australian rugby. The Wallabies were yet again shown to be second-rate by one of the also-rans of world rugby.

Rugby Union

Wallabies pinpoint where to get better

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Greg Growden, Sydney New support staff for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans focusing on key areas.

Rugby

Wallabies focus on kick and catch skills to counter Kiwis

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Greg Growden IMPROVEMENTS in the Wallabies' kicking and catching capabilities, and more clinical work at the breakdown are imperative if Australia are to win the major silverware this year.

Union

It's time for a win, says Deans

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Wallabies captain David Pocock walks onto the field during the Australian Wallabies captain's run at Allianz Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden The Wallabies are buoyant after repeatedly peaking at the right time during the Wales Test series but know they are still well short of what is required to beat the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium tonight.

Rugby

Confidence high, but belief alone won't beat All Blacks

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Greg Growden THE Wallabies are buoyant after repeatedly peaking at the right time during the Wales Test series, but know they are still well short of what is required to be confident of beating the All Blacks at...

A Rocky start under Cheika

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Greg Growden If, as expected, Michael Cheika is announced the new Waratahs coach in the next few days, don't be surprised if a former Wallabies captain is again sighted wandering around Moore Park.

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Fightback saves Deans for now, but great escape isn't over yet

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Greg Growden It wasn't quite the momentous speech that Michael Lynagh made to his Wallabies teammates behind the Lansdowne Road goalposts in 1991 that led to the match-winning try against Ireland in the 1991...

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Something's brewing: time for this well-fed scribe to bid adios

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Greg Growden It all began 30 years ago. Australia v Scotland. Sydney Cricket Ground. After babbling my first Test match report for The Sun-Herald country edition to a similarly confused copytaker back in the old...

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Fading Force: Cheika snub hits hard in Perth

Greg Growden Morale at the Western Force has slumped after Michael Cheika knocked back their offer to take over as head coach.

Why Foley had to go

Michael Foley

Greg Growden MICHAEL FOLEY wanted to continue as Waratahs coach, but in the end it became too hard. Too many barriers had been placed in front of him, forcing him to stand down yesterday and head to the Western...

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...

Relieved Robinson back after passing Tonga test

Benn Robinson

Greg Growden IT'S EASY to choose the most relieved player in the Australian Super Rugby ranks. Wallabies prop Benn Robinson wins comfortably after he convinced himself and state selectors that his long injury...

Rugby

Highlanders gathering, but Tahs will be equipped

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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.

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Long road to 2015 Cup glory for tarnished Wallabies

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Greg Growden As for the ''Bronzed Wallabies'', their World Cup campaign fell short, prompting queries such as:

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Match report

Backs to the wall, with Giteau in frame as saviour

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Greg Growden The Wallabies got to enjoy a rejuvenating 11-try scoring feast against the USA last night, but the win came at a cost - with midfielders Pat McCabe, Rob Horne and Anthony Faingaa all suffering...

Bungles and brain snaps cost dearly, says Gaffney

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden ALAN GAFFNEY'S many years coaching in Australia, Ireland and Britain have taught him that teams crucify themselves if they mess up their attacking opportunities.

Rugby

Deans keeps keen eye on O'Connor, Cooper

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Greg Growden THE Wallabies selectors will know within a week whether James O'Connor and Quade Cooper will be available for next month's Test matches against Scotland and Wales.

Rugby

Tahs brass vows 'repercussions' if team pulls off yet another loss

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Greg Growden How the Waratahs fare against the Cheetahs on Sunday will not only determine whether they end an exasperating, month-long losing streak but will also impact on the future of numerous leading team...

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.