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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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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]