Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

National Rugby Championship provides chance to shine for fringe Waratahs star Greg Peterson

Rupert Guinness When second rower Greg Peterson and the Manly Marlins lost their Shute Shield semi-final to Eastwood at home last month, the towering lock was a devastated man.

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Can the Waratahs come from in front and do it all over again?

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Rupert Guinness It took 19 hard years for the Waratahs to win their first Super Rugby title. But following the breakthrough win, do they have it within themselves to defend the title next year?

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NSW Waratahs' back-row crusade lays platform for historic Super Rugby win

Brought down to earth: Richie McCaw's Crusaders came off second best in the battle of the back-rowers.

Rupert Guinness The Waratahs knew that if they were to break the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final that one of the vital battles they must dominate would be between the back rows.

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NSW Waratahs hero Bernard Foley reveals how he nailed title-winning kick

The moment: Bernard Foley launches the title-winning kick at goal.

Rupert Guinness When the Waratahs were awarded a penalty inside the last minute of Saturday’s night Super Rugby final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium in Homebush, NSW five-eighth Bernard Foley...

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NSW Waratahs thank fans at victory parade in Sydney

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Rupert Guinness After being cheered by almost 62,000 people to victory in Saturday’s Super Rugby final over the Crusaders in Sydney, the Waratahs turned a victory parade on Tuesday into an opportunity to thank...

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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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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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NSW Waratahs assistant coach says injured Super Rugby players like Israel Folau should have a say on when they're fit to play

Ready to play: Israel Folau trains with the Waratahs on Tuesday.

Rupert Guinness The voice of players such as Israel Folau who are on the comeback from injury should be heard before any decision is made on whether they should be allowed to play, says Waratahs assistant coach...

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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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Prop Werner Kruger backs Bulls pack to roll Waratahs

Bulls forward Werner Kruger is ready to rumble with the Waratahs this weekend.

Rupert Guinness Bulls tight-head prop Werner Kruger has warned the Waratahs that his team's rolling maul is primed to be at its damaging best for Saturday's game in Sydney

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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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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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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

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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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Rebels worried by Waratahs' inside knowledge

Experience on both sides: Nathan Grey.

Rupert Guinness Any plan by the Melbourne Rebels to nullify Israel Folau in their Super Rugby match against the Waratahs on Friday night may be known by their opposition before it is even put into practice due to...

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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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