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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Was it bravado or an insight into Stephen Larkham’s considered thinking that he insisted after their hard-fought 13-10 loss to the Waratahs, that the Brumbies would live and die by the sword?
A victory on Friday night is critical for both the Brumbies and the Waratahs in their big match at Bruce Stadium in their race to lead the Australian Conference.
Here is a modest proposal for the ARU to connect generations of rugby players and supporters.
Life is short but remembered destiny is long. That truth is at the heart of the Anzac commemorations, especially on the occasion of the 100 years commemoration of the Australian and New Zealand troops landing at Gallipoli.
There is nothing a Monday morning quarterback likes more than to see a side facing a must-win match identify the weaknesses of their opposition, create a simple and smart game plan, which is brutally carried out, to defeat a more favoured opposition.
One of the most insightful comments about the Michael Cheika-Jaco Peyper incident came from Wayne Smith in The Australian: “Michael Cheika is one angry exchange away from a six-month ban.”