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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Ewen McKenzie’s resignation is the most dramatic departure from Australian rugby since the great Trevor Allan left the Wallabies captaincy to play rugby league in England in 1949. The first hint of what was going to happen with McKenzie came during a media conference after a thrilling Test, in which the Wallabies lost the lead […]
The resignation of Di Patston as the business manager of the Wallabies has escalated a in-house difficulty facing the Wallabies into the most serious crisis confronting the ARU since the introduction of professional rugby. The alleged text message Kurtley Beale sent to teammates (and inadvertently to Patston) in June denigrated Patston in a way that […]
It took 43 minutes of play in the vibrant Springboks versus All Blacks Test at the Ellis Park coliseum (with visitors usually playing the role of the Christians about to be confronted with raging lions) for Handre Pollard to hoist his first high kick of the match. Against the Wallabies at Cape Town, a week […]
First things first. It is no disgrace to lose to this Pumas side as the Wallabies did 21-17 at Mendoza. The Springboks twice got out of gaol this season against this Pumas. And, as the evidence of their brilliant victory against the All Blacks at Ellis Park suggests, this is a very, very good Springboks […]
The most telling comment to come out of the Springboks’ relentless victory over the Wallabies at the fabled Newlands stadium came from an exhausted Michael Hooper: “We couldn’t keep up with them.” The Springboks smashed home three tries in the last 10 minutes of the Test, with an earlier drop goal by Pat Lambie to […]
So there was Chris Rattue in the NZ Herald praising the NRL for providing league fans with two last terrific finals game and bashing rugby yet again (how predictable!) for providing nothing in the ‘height of the season’ but ‘rubbish’ for its supporters. You would expect even someone as one-eyed as Rattue to at least […]