Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Lions tour the carrot for Nine TV deal

Mike Phillips

Greg Growden The 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia is being used as a lure to convince the Nine Network into becoming both the free-to-air rugby league and rugby union channel.

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.

Rugby

Palu signs for another season to lift Waratahs' gloom

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 29:  Wycliff Palu of the Waratahs looks to pass during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Crusaders at Allianz Stadium on April 29, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Greg Growden AMID all the Waratahs gloom, there was some relief yesterday, with their Test No. 8 Wycliff Palu deciding to stay for another season, while it was discovered their opponents this week, the Bulls,...

When Tahs were hard men and the opposition nervous

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Greg Growden As far as Wild Bill, Jockey, Shirts, Fob and Steak were concerned, it didn't matter that the Springboks were supposedly the rugby masters.

Crouch, touch, pause, disengage - scrum blight set for the chop

Greg Growden The IRB has for some time been known as the Irrational Rugby Board, due to its fair share of dopey decisions over the years.

Schoolboy sensation swings for the fence in devastating debut

Greg Growden In Australian cricket there's the Bradman curse. That's when someone comes out and describes the latest batting superstar as the next Sir Donald Bradman.

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Deans stays cautious for Cooper's Reds return

Cooper

Greg Growden WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans is delighted that Quade Cooper will play his first match in seven months tomorrow night, but admits the Reds pivot is a long way from retaining his Test No.

Defeating Dragons means that all is well … for now

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Greg Growden Sport, and the careers of countless individuals, revolve around ''what ifs'', missed opportunities and seizing the moment.

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Tough times to continue at Tahs

Greg Growden The Waratahs have the bye this week, but the next seven days will be make-or-break for this troubled, under-performing province.

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Rugby union

Brumbies' win leaves Reds on ropes

Brumbies

Greg Growden THE Brumbies can start preparing for the finals, while the Queensland Reds will have to rely on thrashing the Waratahs in Brisbane on Saturday night to have any chance of defending their title.

Sunday Maul

Brumbies set to snare Pocock

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Greg Growden There is very strong mail coming from the west that Force skipper David Pocock will sign with the Brumbies.

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Rugby

Early start for Super Rugby to fit around tours

Greg Growden THE Australian rugby season is about to get even longer, with Super Rugby likely to start earlier in February to accommodate next year's three-Test British and Irish Lions tour.

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Kiwis and Boks give Wallabies a wake-up call

Chiefs

Greg Growden There are advantages and disadvantages in Australia having no representation in the final weeks of the Super Rugby tournament.

Cheika's No.3 with a bullet on Tahs coach wish-list

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Greg Growden It's amazing what bobs up in the Waratahs lost-and-found box. A few days ago, a Waratahs member having a coffee at the Allianz Stadium members' cafe, next door to the Tahs' head offices and a popular...

New Waratahs set-up can make winners from wallflowers

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Greg Growden In the longest running saga since Blue Hills, maybe, just maybe, the Waratahs will next week be able to announce their new head coach.

Stats don't lie - figures show Cooper's the king

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Greg Growden Do not fear. The Wallabies might be in turmoil, and no one gives them any hope of winning at Eden Park. But the man who knows best how to beat the All Blacks is back.

Big hit in the pocket looms on salary cap scandal

Greg Growden An Australian province is expected to be slapped with a massive fine shortly as part of the Australian Rugby Union's investigation into a salary cap rort.

Loss will be cruel cut for grassroots

Greg Growden For decades, rugby's grassroots supporters have followed a ritual. They head to a suburban ground, go straight to the canteen, buy a copy of the Rugby News match program, and while waiting for...

Little love lost between old foes as Deans takes clear swipe at Henry

Graham Henry

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has had a clever dig at his old All Blacks foe Graham Henry while promoting next year's British and Irish Lions tour.

Injury merry-go-round compounds captaincy conundrum

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have received encouraging news about their end-of-season northern hemisphere tour.

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