Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Mitchell hopes Reds' desperation plays into Tahs hands

Drew Mitchell

Greg Growden WARATAHS winger Drew Mitchell believes the Reds' pursuit of a large bonus-point win to keep their Super Rugby finals hopes alive could work in NSW's favour in Brisbane on Saturday night.

The fine print that puts the Reds well and truly in the frame

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Greg Growden THE doomsayers are predicting the Reds have no chance of making the finals. That's because they haven't read the fine print. The Reds, on the other hand, remain buoyant for several good reasons.

Heat now on Force to retain Pocock with Genia back in Reds' bottle

Greg Growden While the Queensland Reds are delighted Will Genia has agreed to a $200,000 salary haircut to remain in Brisbane, the Force have been destabilised by his about-face, adding more pressure on them to...

Reds stars under scrutiny as Deans plans for Wales

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 03: Robbie Deans, Head Coach       of Australia looks on ahead of the Test match between Wales and the       Australian Wallabies at Millennium Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Cardiff,       Wales. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) deans.jpg

Greg Growden THE importance of the Reds-Crusaders match tomorrow is shown by Wallabies coach Robbie Deans heading across the Tasman to watch it.

Rising Reds spell danger for Brumbies

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Greg Growden The Brumbies look the real deal, but don't yet dismiss the Queensland Reds from finishing on top of the Australian conference.

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Sunday Maul

Wallabies side will need Reds faces

Greg Growden Due to a short preparation, the Wallabies selectors have no option but to select several players from left field for the season's opening Test against Scotland in Newcastle on June 5.

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Monday Maul

Reds' revival has repercussions far beyond win on scoresheet

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Greg Growden The local administrators are happy because the Australian conference can produce a match worth watching. Those pushing for Sunday afternoon football are delighted as it lures a 36,000-plus crowd.

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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.

Rugby

Reds revival has shown the way forward, says O'Neill

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden JOHN O'NEILL, the Australian Rugby Union chief, has called on the four other Australian Super provinces to follow the example of the Queensland Reds and dramatically boost crowds to improve the...

Rugby

Cooper no shoo-in to take spot from Reds superboot

Quade Cooper?

Greg Growden NO WONDER Quade Cooper was looking a bit edgy during a television interview after the Reds' win over the Force in Brisbane on Saturday night.

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Rugby

Cooper may be out, but Reds believe the title is theirs to lose

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 09:  Queensland Reds Reds coach Ewen McKenzie (R) speaks as Reds captain James Horwill (L) looks on during the 2012 Super Rugby Media Launch at Doltone House on February 9, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Greg Growden EWEN McKENZIE has been on a fitness drive, lost the bulk around his girth, and looks taut, trim and terrific. But that doesn't mean the successful Reds coach has suddenly become feeble.

Rugby

Turner, Mitchell likely to miss Tahs' opener against Reds

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are in danger of being without their two Wallabies wingers - Lachie Turner and Drew Mitchell - for their opening Super Rugby match against titleholders Queensland Reds in Sydney on...

Tough at top - but McKenzie refuses to stress about Reds' hectic start

Ewen McKenzie

Greg Growden AFTER just one round, Sharks coach John Plumtree was complaining there were too many Super Rugby local derbies, arguing that it was ''wearing the players down''.

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...

Rugby

World Cup proved Samo is the man to answer Reds' SOS call

Radike Samo

Greg Growden A HIGHLIGHT of the Wallabies' World Cup campaign last year was the unexpected sight of Test No.8 Radike Samo playing on the wing against Russia in Nelson.

Bulls gore Reds to open gate for Brumbies

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 24:  Pierre Spies of the Bulls makes a tackle during the 2012 Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and Queensland Reds at Loftus Versfeld on March 24, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Greg Growden IT WAS nowhere near as devastating as the Reds' 92-3 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria in 2007, but their 61-8, eight tries to one thrashing at Loftus Versfeld Stadium has certainly jolted the Super...

Reds on their knees after conceding 133 points in road trip from hell

James Horwill

Greg Growden THE Reds are trying to come to terms with their road trip from hell, which has seriously affected their aspirations of being the first Australian side to win back-to-back Super Rugby titles.

Graham's Reds switch puts McKenzie in Wallabies frame

Richard Graham

Greg Growden THE Western Force are in search of a new head coach, Richard Graham will be in charge of the Reds next year, and Ewen McKenzie is one step closer to being the next Wallabies coach.

Rugby

Reds get scare as Cooper's knee flares

Quade Cooper?

Phil Lutton, Greg Growden THE Queensland Reds aren't concerned an aggravation to the knee of star playmaker Quade Cooper will seriously impede his comeback after he was sent for scans yesterday.