Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Confusion over James O'Connor's plans despite Queensland Reds deal

Rupert Guinness The short term future of James O'Connor and his return to Australia is shored up. But confusion reigns about his long-term plans after the World Cup in Britain next year.

Rugby

Waratahs look for strong performance against Reds to win hearts and minds

Tatafu Polota Nau

Rupert Guinness The potential of the Waratahs as a force this season will be clearer after they play the Reds on Saturday – both as a football team and as a crowd-puller.

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Rugby

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika calls for more graft against Queensland Reds

Michael Cheika

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika believes any talk of how the Reds ''have got the wood'' on his side going into their Super Rugby match at ANZ Stadium on Saturday is ''probably right''.

Rugby

Former Waratah Lachie Turner bags try but endures lonely night on the wing for Reds

Lachie Turner

Rupert Guinness One year and one week ago, Lachie Turner had ambitions of being a Waratah for life. ''I would love to stay. I'm a pretty loyal kind of guy,'' Turner said then.

Rugby

Waratahs prop Benn Robinson up front about forwards battle with Queensland Reds

Benn Robinson

Rupert Guinness Waratahs prop Benn Robinson is bracing for an upfront battle of Test intensity when his side take on the Queensland Reds on Saturday.

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Union

Tahs stage greatest escape to down Reds

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Wycliff Palu of the Waratahs leaves the field injured during the round one Super 14 match between the Reds and the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on February 13, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Wycliff Palu

Rupert Guinness A last-minute Wycliff Palu try broke Queensland hearts as NSW got out of jail 30-28 in a Super 14 interstate classic at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Welcome ... but no guarantees, says McKenzie to O'Connor and Hunt

Ewen McKenzie is happy to have more choice when it comes to picking his World Cup squad.

Rupert Guinness The signing of James O'Connor and Karmichael Hunt by the Queensland Reds left Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie happily declaring the "more people we have to choose from [for the World Cup] the merrier".

Player draft for Super Rugby players needs to be part of a complete strategy

Nick Cummins: Lost to Australian Rugby.

Rupert Guinness Pause. Take a deep breath. Think hard and and think of the big picture. That was the thrust behind the response of the national players' association to calls by the Western Force for a draft system...

Pressure on Wallabies forwards to rise to the challenge

Daunting: Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles will make his run-on debut against the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness Most descriptions of the Wallabies forwards carry strong elements of doubt. As Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie recognised this week, they are a “maligned” pack.

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Ewen McKenzie hails James Horwill's response as forwards scrap for World Cup spots

Positive response: Former Wallabies captain James Horwill.

Rupert Guinness In three years James Horwill has gone from being feted as the Wallabies captain for the 2011 World Cup to a player dropped from the 23-man squad for the Bledisloe Cup.

Ewen McKenzie says Wallabies will perform and entertain against All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup Test

Man on a mission: Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie believes the Wallabies are ready to show how far they have developed as performers and entertainers one year since their first game under him as their coach when they take on the world...

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Trio of stars better suited in Wallabies squad: Brisbane City's NRC coach Nick Stiles

Tough road ahead: James Horwill will attempt to force his way back into the Wallabies squad.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies prop and Brisbane City head coach Nick Stiles could be rubbing his hands in delight at the thought of having three contracted Wallabies on his National Rugby Championship roster -...

Rugby

ARU boss Bill Pulver to be grilled by states over Super 18 plan

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09:  New CEO of Australian Rugby Union Bill Pulver speaks to the media during an ARU press conference at ARU Headquarters on January 9, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Australian rugby boss Bill Pulver is expected be face an intense grilling when he pitches the merits of a proposed four-conference model for Super Rugby to the provinces at a meeting in Sydney on...

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Rugby

Stephen Hoiles still waiting for deal 10 weeks into season

Stephen Hoiles scores against the Hurricanes on the weekend.

Rupert Guinness Stephen Hoiles says he has gone too far in his Super Rugby comeback from a career-threatening Achilles injury to stop playing at the Waratahs this season, despite not having a full-time contract.

Rugby

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...

Rugby

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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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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Waratahs stay cautious despite strong start to season

Israel Folau celebrates with Kurtley Beale

Rupert Guinness Are the Waratahs backs unleashing their attacking plays as confidence grows, or deliberately drip feeding them to keep more hidden for later?

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Kane Douglas says NSW Waratahs must lift their game

Kane Douglas

Rupert Guinness Second-rower Kane Douglas says the Waratahs will be wary of the ball stealing capability of Brumbies back-rower Ben Mowen in the lineout when the sides meet on Saturday week, especially after NSW...

Dave Dennis fails to douse rumours of get-square against Brumbies

Waratahs captain Dave Dennis.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs captain Dave Dennis says this weekend's game against the Brumbies won't be a get-square over the Dublin drinking controversy last year. But his smile says otherwise.

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