Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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We have done nothing yet, says Waratahs coach Michael Cheika

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs may be primed to host a home game in this year's Super Rugby finals series and in their best position to win the title, but in the eyes of coach Michael Cheika they have not achieved...

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Will Skelton set for next step up in Super Rugby clash with Brumbies, says Waratahs coach Cheika

Good Will hunting: Skelton will be a marked man after his impressive debut for the Wallabies.

Rupert Guinness The next phase of rising Waratahs star Will Skelton’s development will begin on Saturday night when he backs up from his strong Wallabies debut to take a place on the bench in NSW’s Super...

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Waratahs stars have had Super Rugby clash with Brumbies on their minds even on Wallabies duty, says Nick Phipps

Nick Phipps of the Waratahs makes a break during the round 11 Super Rugby match against the Blues.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps won’t talk of the importance of his head-to-head clash with Wallabies teammate Nic White in Saturday night Super Rugby game against the Brumbies.

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NSW Waratahs are still going to win Super Rugby title, says Jacques Potgieter

Still on course?  Jacques Potgieter insists the Waratahs haven't dropped their bundle.

Rupert Guinness Mid-season slump ... what mid-season slump? Ask Jacques Potgieter and the Waratahs are still on course to win the Super Rugby title.

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Waratahs half Nick Phipps says tough love needed to overcome mid-season slump

Half the battle: Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps.

Rupert Guinness The NSW Waratahs must be willing to absorb the lessons of a "brutal" review of their defeat against the Blues on Friday if they are to overcome their mid-season slump with a win against the...

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Wycliff Palu's return 'uplifting' as Waratahs face must-win game against Hurricanes

Fresh: Wycliff Palu back in full training with the Waratahs.

Rupert Guinness The impact of Wycliff Palu's return to the Waratahs' starting side extends beyond the trademark physicality and ball carrying capability that he brings to the side, says NSW prop Benn Robinson.

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RUGBY: Waratahs defence vital if they are to keep out Canes

Rupert Guinness For all the belief the Waratahs have in their attack, they know it could count for nought against the prolific try scorers of Super Rugby, the Hurricanes, on Saturday if they repeat their error...

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Taqele Naiyaravoro's form provides hope, but Waratahs need leap of faith too

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs have received strong assurance that the recruitment of Fijian Taqele Naiyaravoro from NRL side Wests Tigers last week should pay off, after he scored two tries for Parramatta in their...

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Waratahs' scrum faces toughest Super Rugby test yet against Lions

Benn Robinson

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika's decision to appoint a defensive coach rather than a set-piece guru this season was always fraught with danger – and the price for it could emerge on Sunday...

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Kane Douglas opts for Leinster over Waratahs, World Cup

Heading to Europe: Kane Douglas.

Rupert Guinness The cost to Australian rugby of losing a Wallaby second-rower of the calibre of Kane Douglas to Irish club Leinster would be huge, according to his Waratahs teammates.

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Waratahs bolster pack to take on mighty Lions scrum

Hard to stop: Will Skelton in training on Thursday.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has bolstered the strength of his set-piece forward pack. The 135-kilogram second-rower Will Skelton has been included in the starting side over Jacques Potgieter for...

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NSW Waratahs confident about Bulls match despite blame game over Israel Folau sidelining

Ruled out: Israel Folau will not play for the Waratahs against the Force.

Rupert Guinness As debate over the rights and wrongs of Israel Folau's late sidelining from Waratahs game against the Force continued on Monday, his teammates maintained the issue had not impacted them – and nor...

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Waratahs hire Andrew Mehrtens as kicking coach

Mehrtens

Rupert Guinness The NSW Waratahs have hired All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens as kicking coach for the upcoming Super Rugby season.

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Rob Horne backs rebuilt NSW Waratahs to fire under Michael Cheika

Rob Horne

Rupert Guinness Waratahs centre Rob Horne believes a major goal of Michael Cheika in his first season as NSW coach was to ''break'' his players in readiness for a fresh start this year, with a roster he had picked...

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Michael Cheika gets physical to bring out the Waratahs' mongrel

Jacques Potgieter

Rupert Guinness Forget flair and finesse - for now. What Waratahs coach Michael Cheika will be looking for from his rebuilt side in their first Super Rugby trial of the year against the Melbourne Rebels in Albury on...

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Michael Cheika's list shows coach's vision for revitalising NSW Waratahs

Alofa Alofa

Rupert Guinness WHEN Michael Cheika became the Waratahs' head coach, he more or less inherited his squad from his predecessor, Michael Foley, rather than one tailored to suit the style he wanted NSW to play.

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Melbourne Rebels beat NSW Waratahs, but there's hope for Stephen Hoiles

Stephen Hoiles

Rupert Guinness It might have been a trial game but the meaning behind winning and losing was painstakingly clear after the Waratahs and Rebels laboured off Albury Sports Ground on Saturday night after playing in...

Waratahs lose to Rebels in their first Super Rugby trial of 2014

Brendan McKibbin

Rupert Guinness Waratahs coach Michael Cheika may have more questions than answers after his Waratahs lost to the Rebels 33-28 in their first Super Rugby trial at Albury on Saturday evening.

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Waratahs brace for Bulls' rolling maul

On a roll: As was the case last year, the Waratahs need to be ready for the Bulls' rolling maul.

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs are bracing themselves for a massive defensive effort against the Bulls on Saturday night in expectation that the South Africans will unleash their trademark rolling maul throughout the...

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Waratahs veterans fed up with title talk and no trophy, says Dave Dennis

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24:  David Dennis of the Waratahs makes a break during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on May 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Every year the Waratahs say the same thing: they are ready to step up in their bid for a Super Rugby title. But as each season passes, the title remains frustratingly elusive.

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