Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Cooper, Beale saved by Deans for Springboks clash

Greg Growden Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has again shown faith in two of his Three Amigos by returning Kurtley Beale to the starting line-up and giving Quade Cooper another chance at No.

Poor record in Pretoria motivates Wallabies

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: The Wallabies don't like dredging up their past, which is understandable as it involves numerous black holes.

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Beale gets recall as Cooper fires up

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: Kurtley Beale is psyching himself up for his first starting appearance in the Wallabies No.

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Boks ready to exploit Beale the bold

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Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: The Springboks were quick to apply the drip treatment on the new Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale by arguing his selection will help their game plan during Saturday night's Test in...

Du Plessis upfront about criticism

Jannie du Plessis

Greg Growden JOHANNESBURG: Springbok tight-head prop Jannie Du Plessis was reticent to say the Wallabies pack got away with illegalities, but he said it anyway.

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Wallabies unsettled by Cooper's outburst

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Greg Growden, Pretoria He is thousands of kilometres away, but Quade Cooper's shadow hangs over the Wallabies.

Sharpe changes tack as he shepherds green team into Pretoria's cauldron

Balmain Oval, Sydney. The Wallabies training session at Leichhardt Oval. Lock, Nathan Sharpe, putting on his own tape around his head. Photo: Quentin Jones. 21 Aug 2012.

Greg Growden WALLABIES captain Nathan Sharpe picked the right moment to demand from his teammates ''guts and character'' to put Argentina away a few weeks ago.

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Wallabies focus on Test, away from Cooper's spray

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Greg Growden HE IS thousands of kilometres away, but Quade Cooper's shadow still hangs heavily over the Wallabies as they try to stay focused on becoming the first Australian team to win at Loftus Versfeld.

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Broken Wallabies humiliated by South Africa

South Africa's Bryan Habana scores a try during their Rugby Championship test match against Australia's Wallabies in Pretoria, September 29 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Greg Growden The Wallabies were smashed up and spat out by the Springboks, thrashed five tries to one while suffering a horrendous injury toll at Loftus Versfeld this morning.

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Injury toll in Wallabies loss

Kurtley Beale, right, makes a catch as South Africa's captain Jean de Villiers defends.

Greg Growden, Pretoria Wallabies coach Robbie Deans admitted he had never witnessed a more bizarre Test.

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Aussie trio vie for fullback in Argentina test

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Greg Growden Mike Harris, Pat McCabe and Dom Shipperley will be vying for the vacant fullback spot in Saturday night's Test against Argentina in Rosario, Argentina.

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Changes are afoot under Cheika

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Greg Growden It hasn't taken long for new Waratahs coach Michael Cheika to make an impact on the troubled province.

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Harris in frame to be Wallabies new fullback

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29:  Mike Harris of the Reds is tackled by Stirling Mortlock of the Rebels during the round 16 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Reds at AAMI Park on June 29, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Greg Growden Rosario: Mike Harris is set to become the fifth Wallabies fullback in ten Tests this season and Dave Dennis is under threat of being replaced in the backrow for Saturday night's international against...

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Battered and bruised, Wallabies must make stand in Argentina

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Greg Growden Australian Rugby has endured the most dreadful of weeks. And next week could be even worse, with the Wallabies heading deeper into the horror tour from hell.

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Wallabies beef up pack to prepare for tough battle with brutal Pumas

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Greg Growden ROSARIO: In the land of gargantuan steaks and enormous forwards, the Wallabies will go for brawn in their pack to confront the Pumas on Saturday night.

Blades reminds his charges of the one that got away

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wallabies forwards coach Andrew Blades believes his team can take a lot from their only loss to Argentina in the past 25 years to ensure they finish their Rugby Championship on a high this...

Wallabies ready for character test

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 28: Nathan Sharpe talks to his team during the Australian national rugby team Captains Run at Loftus Versfeld on September 28, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images / Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wallabies captain Nathan Sharpe has told his players that even though they are missing a long line of key performers they can still prove they are a team with special character by rebounding...

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Cummins, Tapuai plug latest gaps in Test team

Ben Tapuai

Greg Growden ROSARIO: The Wallabies merry-go-round continues to spin with two more newcomers - Nick Cummins and Ben Tapuai - joining the Test team, taking the tally of players who have appeared in the green and...

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Wounded and weary Wallabies relying on pride to earn result

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Kurtley Beale of the Australian Wallabies is tackled during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at Skilled Park on September 15, 2012 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Greg Growden ROSARIO: Wherever they have gone in Argentina this week, there has been no reprieve for the Wallabies.

Off-the-ball exchanges a winner

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Greg Growden No matter if they are victors or losers today, the Wallabies will leave Argentina having won over the locals.

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