Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Waratahs' scrum faces toughest Super Rugby test yet against Lions

Benn Robinson

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika's decision to appoint a defensive coach rather than a set-piece guru this season was always fraught with danger – and the price for it could emerge on Sunday...

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Waratahs bolster pack to take on mighty Lions scrum

Hard to stop: Will Skelton in training on Thursday.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has bolstered the strength of his set-piece forward pack. The 135-kilogram second-rower Will Skelton has been included in the starting side over Jacques Potgieter for...

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Resting stars for Lions may not be such a Super idea

Pocock

Rupert Guinness Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver has conceded that his plans of convincing all of the Australian Super sides to rest key Wallabies for the British and Irish Lions tour might not get...

Harrison and 'that' moment still a thorn in the Lions' paw

Justin Harrison

Rupert Guinness IT is early morning, July 14, 2001. Justin Harrison has woken up on the day of his first Test for the Wallabies - the series decider against the British and Irish Lions.

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Deans punts on Beale for Lions den

Beale

Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Robbie Deans could not contain himself over his acclaim for the speed, physicality and excitement of the clash between the Reds and British and Irish Lions in Brisbane on Saturday -...

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Beale 'over the moon' about selection for Lions series

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 03:  Kurtley Beale laughs as he runs the ball during a Wallabies training session at St Josephs College on June 3, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Kurtley Beale today labelled his return to the Wallabies for the British and Irish Lions Test series as the "pinnacle" of his career.

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'We're ready for a physical test' - Lions' giants don't daunt McMeniman

Hugh McMeniman

Rupert Guinness Ask Hugh McMeniman and he will tell you size doesn't matter - at least when it comes to the British and Irish Lions squad.

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Long-awaited Lions tour sells out in 15 minutes

Lions

Rupert Guinness, Megan Levy THEY say interest in rugby union in Australia is waning? Fans stood up and showed otherwise on Monday by buying every ticket for the three-Test British and Irish Lions Tour against the Wallabies in...

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Taqele Naiyaravoro's form provides hope, but Waratahs need leap of faith too

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs have received strong assurance that the recruitment of Fijian Taqele Naiyaravoro from NRL side Wests Tigers last week should pay off, after he scored two tries for Parramatta in their...

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Rob Horne knows he can deliver given time

On the up: Rob Horne was unstoppable against the Lions.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs back Rob Horne believes his two try performance for NSW in their bonus point win over the Lions in Sydney on Sunday shows that when he is given time and opportunity to play in any one...

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Galloping Greens win in a canter but tougher battle lies ahead in Shute Shield

Rupert Guinness Randwick did not earn any points for glamour and flair in how they beat Parramatta in their Shute Shield away clash on Saturday.

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Matt Giteau opens up on his bitter departure from Australian rugby

Matt Giteau

Rupert Guinness When Matt Giteau reflects on his decision to leave Australia after he missed selection in the Wallabies squad for the 2011 World Cup, he admits the episode that centred on his publicised divide with...

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Rob Horne backs rebuilt NSW Waratahs to fire under Michael Cheika

Rob Horne

Rupert Guinness Waratahs centre Rob Horne believes a major goal of Michael Cheika in his first season as NSW coach was to ''break'' his players in readiness for a fresh start this year, with a roster he had picked...

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Wallabies legend George Smith won't make another Super Rugby comeback for Brumbies

George Smith.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies great George Smith has ruled himself out of making another comeback to the Brumbies to fill the void of injured flanker David Pocock.

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Nick Phipps has one eye on Olympic glory

Nick Phipps.

Rupert Guinness Waratah Nick Phipps still has the "hunger and drive" to fight his way back in to the Wallabies squad, but the 14-cap halfback says sevens rugby is still his "favourite form of the game".

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Bonding agent: Folau calls for better connection between Wallabies stars

Israel Folau

Rupert Guinness Israel Folau says the Wallabies are yet to develop the strong collective bond between players a side needs if it is to play at its best.

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Wallabies great John Hipwell dead

John Hipwell.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallaby halfback and captain John Hipwell who died on Monday was one of the “great” leaders of Australia rugby, according to one his closest friends and old teammates, Geoff 'Bunter' Shaw.

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Smith should be in the frame for Wallabies, says Gregan

George Smith

Rupert Guinness THE prospect of Brumbies legend George Smith extending his comeback to Australia and playing for the Wallabies in the British and Irish Lions series is one that coach Robbie Deans should seriously...

Historic jersey goes to deserving owner

Justin Harrison

Rupert Guinness When Justin Harrison moved to the south-west of France last year and began unpacking, two items he found prompted him to stop and fondly reflect.

Robinson gives new coach the nod

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07:  Benn Robinson of the Waratahs walks during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Victoria Barracks on March 7, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness BENN ROBINSON is yet to talk at length with Michael Cheika about the challenge of winning an elusive Super Rugby title but after eight years in a side that has fallen short of its potential, the...