Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Wounded Reds help Sharks regain bite before road trip

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...

Waratahs warned Sharks are hungry for overdue victory

John Plumtree

Greg Growden WHILE the Waratahs are having sleepless nights coming to terms with their worst start to a Super Rugby season since 1997, the jet-lagged Sharks are attempting to find an answer to why they can't win...

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Wales turn into sharks after sensing blood from wounded Wallabies

Wallabies

Greg Growden WHILE the Wallabies will be relying on seven Waratahs who have forgotten the art of winning, Wales believe they have been handed their best chance in decades to win their first Test on Australian...

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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.

A match to make you feel good about sport

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Greg Growden FOR the sake of one's sanity, the Super Rugby final could not have been better timed.

Rugby's odd couple reunite

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Greg Growden IT IS almost like the rugby version of the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Danny DeVito movie Twins.

White says salary cap and lack of depth hold back Australian teams

Jake White

Greg Growden FORMER Springboks World Cup-winning coach Jake White has suddenly discovered why Australian teams have only occasionally won the Super Rugby tournament.

Sulking South Africans stand no chance of adding to Super quota

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Greg Growden It's February, the Super Rugby season is about to start, and - shock, horror - the South African provinces are having an almighty whinge.

Mitchell tipped to miss half season

Greg Growden Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell is in danger of missing half the Super Rugby season, which will force the Waratahs to play two youngsters for their opening match against the Queensland Reds in Sydney...

Tahs are aiming for afternoon delights

NSW Waratahs crowd

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are relying on old-fashioned afternoon football to address the alarming slide in their home-crowd figures.

Africans won't take no for answer on expansion plan

Schalk Burger

Greg Growden AUSTRALIA and New Zealand have discovered that where SANZAR is concerned, South Africa are ever persistent, endlessly pushing their cause on and off the field.

All change with Wallabies as coaching reshuffle begins to take shape

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden ROBBIE DEANS will be surrounded by different faces in the Wallabies coaching box this season, including at least three new assistant coaches.

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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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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''.

SANZAR seeks security report from Bulls on bottle-throwing incident

Braid

Greg Growden SANZAR have contacted Bulls officials demanding improvements in ground security after All Blacks hooker and Blues skipper Keven Mealamu was hit by a bottle during the team's win at Loftus Versfeld in...

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With Mitchell over a barrel, Cooper could answer SOS

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02:  Cooper Vuna of the Rebels is tackled by Tom Carter of the Waratahs during the round two Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on March 2, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Greg Growden DOUBTS over whether Drew Mitchell will play Test football this season have improved Rebels winger Cooper Vuna's chances of being selected for the Wallabies.

Worried Waratahs get boost in Barnes

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden BERRICK BARNES will at last appear in the Waratahs No.10 jersey, Tom Carter is in contention for a midfield spot and a new captain is in the offing as the Waratahs try to salvage their season by...

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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.

Tahs ready to bench marquee halfback

Sarel Pretorius

Greg Growden THE Waratahs' marquee overseas signing Sarel Pretorius is in danger of being demoted to the bench for his team's first encounter of the year against his countrymen when they play the Sharks in Sydney...

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Latest back-line switch may not last if Barnes struggles under pressure

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden THE Waratahs will field their fourth back-line combination in five matches when they play the Sharks, but the experimentation out wide is far from over.