Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

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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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...

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...

Injury crisis dampens Reds' delight at return of Ioane

Digby Ioane

Greg Growden AFTER weeks of juggling his attacking combinations, Reds coach Ewen McKenzie is delighted his Test winger Digby Ioane is back, but due to an injury crisis will still have to play him in a different...

Rugby

Sunday home games suit us to a T, say Tahs

Waratahs supporters?

Greg Growden THE Waratahs will lobby SANZAR and the Australian Rugby Union for all their Sydney home games to be played on Sunday afternoons.

Some days the Force can't catch a break

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 05:  Salesi Manu (L) of the Force looks to break through the Cheetahs defence during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Western Force from Free State Stadium on May 5, 2012 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THEY lose their head coach, Richard Graham, to the Reds. Then Will Genia does an about face and opts not to move to Perth.

Landmark triumph over Crusaders puts rising Rebels on front foot to face fast-fading Force

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden THE Melbourne Rebels are describing their victory over the Crusaders as their greatest triumph, while the Western Force are pondering whether they have experienced a more humiliating moment after...

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.

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.

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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.

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...

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.

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...

Rugby

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.

Hosts far from their best in first outing

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Greg Growden A stunning World Cup opening ceremony, but nothing more than a solid start for the All Blacks.

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Overhaul is the only sure thing next season

Greg Growden The Waratahs are uncertain how many will be in their squad next year or how much they can spend, but several high-profile players are already looking elsewhere.

Waratahs get last laugh as victory comes knocking

Greg Growden Whenever the Waratahs fall apart, half of Sydney become stand-up comics - special subject: rugby put-down lines aimed at lampooning those at Moore Park. It's been going on for years.

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