Spiro Zavos, a founding writer on <em>The Roar</em>, was long time editorial writer on the <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>, where he started a rugby column that has run for nearly 30 years. Spiro has written 12 books: fiction, biography, politics and histories of Australian, New Zealand, British and South African rugby. He is regarded as one of the foremost writers on rugby throughout the world. Find him on Google+.
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I am writing this in Barcelona. Well, someone has to have a holiday there.
Here is Sir Graham Henry, arguably the best rugby coach in professional era, before last weekend’s Rugby Championship Tests: “It’s a concern. We haven’t played South Africa yet, but they got beaten by Australia and they are woeful.
At 10.05 on Saturday night, Glen Ella put out this tweet: “Well done can we see Michael smile?”
The historian Bernard Lewis argued that there were two ways to respond when things go terribly wrong. The first way is to ask: “Who did this to us?” And the second way is to ask: “What did we do wrong?”
The ARU has a major problem confronting it. The embattled Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has gone rogue.
The best journalist I worked with on the Sydney Morning Herald was Evan Whitton, a master of investigative reporting and the creator of a rugby column full of wit, great writing, keen observation and a healthy disregard for the authorities which I was fortunate enough to inherit.