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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First of all, a confession. I was positive about Benji Marshall’s chances of making a good late career in rugby. There was a possibility, I believed, that he could be an interesting inside centre or fullback. I was doubtful about him in the number 10 position. There was a possibility, too, that he could get […]
It took the Waratahs 28 seconds on my count (Greg Martin said 31) to score their first try against the Bulls at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night. That was their last try for a match that was then dominated by penalty goals. The Waratahs eventually won the match 19-12. The try scorer was, of course, […]
Honey badgers “are notorious for their strength, ferocity and toughness.” Welcome to the world of rugby’s Honey Badger, Nick Cummins. Says Wikipedia of the honey badger, ”They are known to savagely and fearlessly attack any type of animal when escape is impossible, reportedly even repelling much larger predators such as lions. “Because of their strength and persistence, […]
One of the oldest adages in Australian cricket is that when NSW is strong, Australian cricket is strong. How is this working out right now? We know Australian cricket is strong. The doldrums of past defeats have given way to a series of vibrant Test wins for the baggy greens. The Ashes have been regained […]
In his preview of an intense Reds-Force match at Suncorp Stadium, Greg Martin’s statistics suggested a Reds victory. Of 42 matches in Super Rugby 2014, only eight had been won by sides away from home. Last year in the equivalent round, teams visiting South Africa had won 7 of their 19 matches against the locals, […]
The ARU CEO Bill Pulver has answered over 100 questions, many of them extremely detailed, from informed and passionate rugby supporters who contribute to making The Roar a leading sports website in Australia. READ MORE: » The Roar’s burning questions for ARU CEO Bill Pulver » Bill Pulver answers your burning rugby questions » Live […]