Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald
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.
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.
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.
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...
Greg Growden THE importance of the Reds-Crusaders match tomorrow is shown by Wallabies coach Robbie Deans heading across the Tasman to watch it.
Greg Growden The Brumbies look the real deal, but don't yet dismiss the Queensland Reds from finishing on top of the Australian conference.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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''.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.