Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Wallabies' fragile confidence shot full of holes out in the wild west

Greg Growden AFTER the despair of Sydney, Auckland and another doomed Bledisloe Cup campaign, the Wallabies headed to the other side of the country in search of pain relief. No such luck.

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Sweet and sour for Wallabies

Three against one: Springbok Morne Steyn is tackled by Berrick Barnes (left), Adam Ashley-Cooper and Michael Hooper.

Greg Growden Relief at last for the Wallabies as they hold on to beat the Springboks at Subiaco.

Bumbling Wallabies give All Blacks victory

Israel Dagg

Greg Growden The Wallabies are the ultimate huff-and-puff merchants. They can talk it up and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter and fall short.

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Wary Wallabies three captains down

Will Genia is treated for an injury during the Rugby Championship match against South Africa.

Greg Growden Will Genia becomes third Australian Test skipper in a row to suffer a season-ending injury.

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Wallabies side will need Reds faces

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Greg Growden Due to a short preparation, the Wallabies selectors have no option but to select several players from left field for the season's opening Test against Scotland in Newcastle on June 5.

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Call of duty for ambushed Wallabies

James O'Connor

Greg Growden CONCERNS that the Wallabies may suffer an embarrassment similar to losing to Samoa last season and Scotland in 2009 have convinced Test selectors to force key players to back up three times in one...

No guts, no glory: Wallabies pass important test of character

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Greg Growden After almost smashing his walkie-talkie against his forehead during the match, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer finally calmed down, and explained what it is all about.

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Out with old, in with the new for Wallabies

Greg Growden DURING his five seasons as Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has constantly selected newcomers from left field. Some haven't worked, many have.

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Kurtley Beale ruled out of Wallabies squad

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03:  Kurtley Beale of the Rebels is tackled during the Super Rugby trial match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Chiefs at Simonds Stadium on February 3, 2012 in Geelong, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Greg Growden The Wallabies have suffered another major injury blow with Rebels utility Kurtley Beale ruled of the four Tests in June against Scotland and Wales.

West not best for Wallabies

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Greg Growden The decision to stage Wallabies Tests against NRL and AFL finals matches has hit a snag. While the idea in essence has merit, it becomes a fizzer when the Wallabies are struggling, and those in...

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McCabe keen to repay Deans's faith after surprise Wallabies call-up

07 September 2012 Sport, Journalist Lee Gaskin The Canberra Times, Photo Jay Cronan. Wallabies Centre Pat McCabe set to make his return to from Injury on Saturday playing for Wests.

Greg Growden There are a few players whom Wallabies coach Robbie Deans treats like pure gold. One is Adam Ashley-Cooper, because of his ability to excel in so many back line positions, unselfish nature, and...

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Wallabies seek to make talk action

Michael Hooper.

Greg Growden, Sydney Wallabies head to Auckland in vain hope of keeping the Bledisloe Cup series alive.

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Wallabies pair are pure gold

Adam Ashley Cooper

Greg Growden THERE are a few players whom Wallabies coach Robbie Deans treats like pure gold.

Wallabies eye Beale as new Test five-eighth

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Greg Growden KURTLEY BEALE is poised to take over the Test five-eighth spot due to James O’Connor’s unavailability for the Wallabies internationals in June, while Dan Vickerman’s playing future is again clouded.

All eyes on Barnes as Wallabies spot rests on clash with Canes

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have tried three different five-eighths at training this week - Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas and Mike Harris - but how Berrick Barnes fares in tonight's match for the Waratahs will determine...

Get well soon, fellas: Wallabies have an entire Test team in the infirmary

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have certainly discovered this season whether there is actually any depth in Australian rugby.

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Cooper skids into Wallabies contention

Quade Cooper

Greg Growden QUADE COOPER was fast-tracked into the Wallabies' train-on squad last night because of concerns that Kurtley Beale, the first choice Test five-eighth, might not be able to play against Scotland in...

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Wallabies sweating on a bad memory from Murrayfield

NCH SPORT. Wallabies training at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. Michael Hooper shares a laugh with team mates during the photo shoot with a toy wallaby. 
4th JUNE 2012. Picture by SIMONE DE PEAK.

Greg Growden Don't mention the dreaded S word around the Wallabies. S for Samoa. S for Scotland. It immediately leads to cold S. S for sweats.

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Wild Pumas stalking the Wallabies

Argentina's first-rate five-eighth Juan Martin Hernandez in action.

Greg Growden Australian Rugby Union officials get strange requests from touring teams, but few as odd as this.

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Wales turn into sharks after sensing blood from wounded Wallabies

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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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