Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Stats don't lie - figures show Cooper's the king

Greg Growden Do not fear. The Wallabies might be in turmoil, and no one gives them any hope of winning at Eden Park. But the man who knows best how to beat the All Blacks is back.

Rugby Union

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.

Rugby

Genia gone for six months as captain's curse strikes

Will Genia

Greg Growden THE Wallabies are pondering whether it is wise to officially announce another captain after Will Genia become their third Test skipper in a row to suffer a season-ending injury.

A Rocky start under Cheika

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Greg Growden If, as expected, Michael Cheika is announced the new Waratahs coach in the next few days, don't be surprised if a former Wallabies captain is again sighted wandering around Moore Park.

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Rugby

Tahs dare to dream: SBW tops triple-header hit list

Sonny Bill Williams.

Greg Growden A SENIOR NSW official is involved in an audacious plan to create a 2013 Waratahs dream team revolving around Ewen McKenzie, Phil Blake and Sonny Bill Williams.

Rugby

Cheika's blueprint for success impresses Tahs

Michael Cheika?

Greg Growden MICHAEL CHEIKA has re-established himself as favourite for the Waratahs' head coaching job.

Pumas beware: aggressive Honey Badger on prowl

The honey badger's fighting spirit has proved an insipration for Wallaby Nick Cummins.

Greg Growden ROSARIO: For the Honey Badger, the choice was simple: the mines, the army or Randwick.

Rugby

Super sneaky deal gives team space to get around salary cap

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Greg Growden An Australian Super Rugby province has come up with a sneaky way of getting around salary cap restrictions.

Fading Force: Cheika snub hits hard in Perth

Greg Growden Morale at the Western Force has slumped after Michael Cheika knocked back their offer to take over as head coach.

Rugby

Foley firms as Force candidate after Cheika slips through fingers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03:  Michael Foley, coach of the Waratahs looks on during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Allianz Stadium on July 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Western Force are still trying to persuade Michael Foley to leave the Waratahs and take over as head coach in Perth next year.

Rugby

Force set to table deal for Foley

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Greg Growden Don't be shocked if you see Waratahs coach Michael Foley wearing a Western Force tracksuit top shortly.

Rugby

Force resigned to losing Pocock to Brumbies

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Wallabies captain David Pocock walks onto the field during the Australian Wallabies captain's run at Allianz Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Western Force have given up hope of holding onto captain David Pocock, who is expected to announce Sunday that he has joined the Brumbies.

Tahs officials make farce first stop on itinerary

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Greg Growden The antics at the Waratahs and Force keep getting crazier.

Union

Michael Foley quits Waratahs

The Warratah Rugby Union team flew home today from Johanesberg landing in Sydney International airport.Michael Foley.Photograph by Dean Sewell.S.M.H.Sport.Taken Monday 28th May 2012.

Greg Growden Waratahs head coach Michael Foley has announced he is leaving the beleaguered province.

Why Foley had to go

Michael Foley

Greg Growden MICHAEL FOLEY wanted to continue as Waratahs coach, but in the end it became too hard. Too many barriers had been placed in front of him, forcing him to stand down yesterday and head to the Western...

Foley's lost the dressing room

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Greg Growden If Michael Foley, recently offered a three-year deal to coach the Western Force, does stay at the Waratahs he will need the diplomacy skills of Henry Kissinger to win back the faith of several key...

Tahs chairman abandons ship

Waratahs

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are in disarray following the sudden resignation of chairman Edwin Zemancheff.

Rugby

Bozo shows Tahs how it's done

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Greg Growden Waratahland is getting wackier by the minute. Only the Waratahs would appoint a person as their interim coach who mid-season was under serious threat of being sacked by the same organisation.

Rugby

Robinson in running to lead from the front

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 30:  Benn Robinson during the Waratahs training session at Northwood School on May 30, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Greg Growden FRONT-ROWERS are rarely handed the captaincy reins, but Test prop Benn Robinson is suddenly in strong contention to be the Waratahs' skipper for the opening month of the Super Rugby tournament.

Rugby Union

O'Connor seals place at No.10

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 06: James O'Connor of the Wallabies lines up a conversion during the Test match between Wales and the Australian Wallabies at Millennium Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Greg Growden James O'Connor says he is ready, willing and able to play his first Test at number ten.