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Spiro Zavos

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Spiro Zavos, a founding writer on The Roar, was long time editorial writer on the Sydney Morning Herald, 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.

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SPIRO: McKenzie creates Wallaby mind-games for the All Blacks

SPIRO: McKenzie creates Wallaby mind-games for the All Blacks

1 day ago

For the past two weeks I’ve been wondering why Ewen McKenzie has announced his starting Wallaby XV and reserves a couple of days before he needed to do so. What has added to the mystery is that a key selection, Kurtley Beale at number 10, is the sort of information that in the natural order […]

SPIRO: Glass half full result for Wallabies and All Blacks

SPIRO: Glass half full result for Wallabies and All Blacks

4 days ago

Both the coaches were disappointed about the 12-12 result of the first Bledisoe Cup Test at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. But they shouldn’t have been. For the Wallabies, the draw stopped their run of seven-straight victories. Rod Macqueen’s magnificent Wallabies had 10 victories in a row, a record for Australia that will probably […]

SPIRO: Will Kurtley be the real Beale against the All Blacks?

SPIRO: Will Kurtley be the real Beale against the All Blacks?

13 Aug 2014

The ARU’s media release announcing the starting Wallabies XV and nine reserves (one to be omitted) to play the All Blacks on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium had a huge photo of Kurtley Beale scoring a try and the tag line in big type: The team to beat the All Blacks? Notice the question mark. […]

SPIRO: Sooner or later the Wallabies have to win the Bledisloe. Is this the year?

SPIRO: Sooner or later the Wallabies have to win the Bledisloe. Is this the year?

11 Aug 2014

An ardent All Blacks supporter recently sent me a blistering email – how the hell could the New Zealand Rugby Union give away the home game status for the opening matches of the Bledisloe Cup series to the Wallabies? The answer, I suppose, is that John O’Neill, who was the CEO of the ARU when […]

SPIRO: Michael Hooper out-captains Kieran Read

SPIRO: Michael Hooper out-captains Kieran Read

4 Aug 2014

The current and long-term captain of the Waratahs and the Wallabies, even when Dave Dennis and Stephen Moore come back from injury next year, I reckon is Michael Hooper. The current captain of the Crusaders and the future All Blacks captain is Kieran Read. The youngster Hooper out-captained Read in the Super Rugby final, and […]

SPIRO: The Waratahs Cheika-mate the Crusaders for Super Rugby glory

SPIRO: The Waratahs Cheika-mate the Crusaders for Super Rugby glory

3 Aug 2014

What a final! The Sydney city slickers defeated the cranky South Island farmers team from Christchurch. But it was breathless, close-run, one of the best Super Rugby finals ever, and a massive boost for rugby in Australia. So there was Bernard Foley, about 45 metres out from the Crusaders posts and a minute of play […]

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