Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald
Greg Growden THE Stormers have certified themselves as dangerous Super Rugby frontrunners in a dramatic round that involved brawls and accusations of eye-gouging.
Greg Growden INTERNATIONAL rugby works in cycles, with leading coaches often arguing over what is supposedly the dominant force - attack or defence - and how to counter it.
Greg Growden There are advantages and disadvantages in Australia having no representation in the final weeks of the Super Rugby tournament.
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.
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...
Greg Growden THE Waratahs are scheduled to have just eight survivors from their triumph over Queensland a year ago, when they meet the Reds at ANZ Stadium in the Super Rugby opening round on Saturday night - a...
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.
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 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 make-up of next year's Waratahs squad won't be known for some weeks - but there's unlikely to be a spate of high-profile rugby league signings.
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 WITH the Brumbies the only local team in the top half of the Super Rugby ladder, renowned All Blacks hardman Richard Loe argues that the introduction of a fifth Australian franchise ''hasn't done...
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.
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...
Greg Growden The Western Force were unable to use the Will Genia signing to motivate them to beat the Stormers, but at least elsewhere Australian teams have gone up a level and rediscovered how to win offshore.
Ruck & Maul
Greg Growden Australian rugby relationships are frayed right across the country. The Reds and Force are far from pally over Will Genia's backflip.
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...
Greg Growden THE Waratahs are expected to again rotate several forwards, with Dave Dennis and Sitaleki Timani in line to return to the starting line-up for this weekend's match against the Stormers in Cape Town.
Greg Growden THE pressure on Berrick Barnes during the Waratahs' South African trip is intense. Not only must he improve his province's slim finals hopes but he is also fighting to hold onto his spot in the...
Greg Growden NOT since the miserable 2007 season, when they completely lost their way, have a kick-obsessed Waratahs suffered such a lengthy losing stretch.