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.

Bungles and brain snaps cost dearly, says Gaffney

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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.

Rugby

Loss to Scots gives doubters more ammo to target Deans

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden ROBBIE DEANS looked devastated after the loss to Scotland in Newcastle on Tuesday night. He wasn't much brighter when he arrived in Brisbane late yesterday - because he had been out-coached by...

Welsh will focus on how to keep this Genia firmly in his bottle

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09:  Will Genia of the Wallabies runs the ball during the international test match between the Australian Wallabies and Wales at Suncorp Stadium on June 9, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden WILL GENIA is the Wallabies' official barometer. Same with the Queensland Reds. How he performs is a guide to whether there are bright skies or storm clouds hovering over both camps.

Self-belief and fitness lift revitalised line-up for the final surge when it matters most

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Greg Growden SLOWLY but surely the Wallabies are winning the tight ones. As their coach realises, it is only when they do that regularly can they properly push for the No.1 international rugby ranking.

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.

Fading Force: Cheika snub hits hard in Perth

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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...

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

Berrick Barnes

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

Robbie Deans

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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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...