Greg Growden


Greg Growden was for more than three decades a senior sportswriter for The Sydney Morning Herald. Raised on a rice farm in the Riverina and after playing representative sport with the sons of notorious Griffith mafia identities, Growden joined the SMH from school the day of the Hilton Hotel bombing in 1978. He then spent many summers sitting next to Bill O’Reilly covering Sheffield Shield and Test cricket for the SMH, before becoming in 1986 the newspaper’s chief rugby union writer.

He was the SMH and Sun-Herald’s chief rugby union correspondent between 1987 and 2012, covering hundreds of Test matches, more than 20 Wallaby tours and every World Cup tournament. He is one of only three international rugby writers to have covered all eight Rugby World Cup tournaments.

He left the SMH in late 2012 to become the Australian rugby correspondent for the ESPN network- including and He is now ESPN Australia’s Columnist at Large, writing on numerous sports.

Greg has written 14 books, including ‘A Wayward Genius’, a biography of Australian Test cricketer Leslie ‘Chuck’ Fleetwood-Smith, rated by renowned British writer Frank Keating as among the 100 best sporting books of the 20th century. His rugby titles include: ‘With the Wallabies,’ ‘Inside the Wallabies,’ and ‘Rugby Union for Dummies.’

His most recent book was the biography of Test cricketer, Brad Hogg: ‘The Wrong ‘Un.”

Greg still believes his greatest claim to fame was having the main race at a Wentworth Park greyhound meeting named after him - and on the night of the race after presenting the trophy, being kicked out of the chairman’s function room as he and his guests were too rowdy. This was well before the NSW Government attempted to ban greyhound racing- but that night may have been a contributing factor.

Greg’s latest book “Wallabies At War” is published by ABC Books/HarperCollins in August 2018.

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