Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Force resigned to losing Pocock to Brumbies

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.

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.

Cheika is players' choice for Force

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Greg Growden Player power is alive and well in Perth. First the Force players were instrumental in coach Richard Graham being farewelled early after it was revealed he was off to the Queensland Reds next season.

Genia's signing fails to inspire Force, but Brumbies fly the flag abroad

Will Genia

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.

Landmark triumph over Crusaders puts rising Rebels on front foot to face fast-fading Force

Kurtley Beale

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...

Rugby

Paris adieu means chase on for Cheika

Michael Cheika

Greg Growden MICHAEL CHEIKA is in high demand as three Australian provinces, including the Waratahs, and numerous overseas clubs are certain to approach him following yesterday's news that he will not continue as...

Sunday Maul

Sanctions loom over signing stoush

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Greg Growden Stink No.1. The relationship between numerous Australian provinces is very tense as rivals continue to jump the gun in announcing player recruitments.

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Rugby

Leading by example: Deans delighted with captain fantastic Pocock

Australia's David Pocock, bottom, reaches for a loose ball while playing against Wales at their rugby union test match in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, June 9, 2012. Australia won the test 27-19. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Greg Growden LAST Tuesday night, David Pocock was suffering from hypothermia and must have wondered what he had done wrong to have his first Test as Wallabies skipper coincide with one of their most embarrassing...