Spiro Zavos, a founding writer on <em>The Roar</em>, was long time editorial writer on the <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>, 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. Find him on Google+.
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Eddie Jones has won the battle of the clowns over Michael Cheika with England’s emphatic 37 – 21, four tries to two, victory over Australia at Twickenham.
The fix is in from the British rugby establishment going into the England vs Australia Test at Twickenham at the weekend.
A win is a win and a loss, unfortunately for a brave, resilient and sometimes inaccurate Wallabies side, is always a loss.
It is the way teams and supporters accept defeat, rather than victories, that defines them.
This is the year of upsets, OK? The Chicago Cubs, Ireland defeating New Zealand for the first time and now, the big bang of them all at Stadio Franchi in Florence, when a fired up Italy defeated South Africa 20-18.
World Rugby has just finished its third Rugby Conference and Exhibition (ConflEx) in London. The overall theme of the ConflEx, according to World Rugby, the governing body of the game, was that rugby “continues to experience record participation and fan growth.”