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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As a rampant number 8 Michael Cheika never took a backward step. He has carried this aggression into every aspect of his coaching.
Lest we forget.
Okay, bring on rugby’s motor-mouth, England’s cocky coach, Eddie Jones: “I watch most of the Super Rugby games, but some of the games put me to sleep. I don’t think the standard’s great this year.”
Mark Keohane was at his aggressive best (or worst?) with his forthright comments about the appointment of Allister Coetzee as the new coach of the Springboks.
The power of one can work positively and negatively as the cases of Richard Graham and Liam Gill in the performance of the Queensland Reds this season suggests.
At the beginning of the 2016 Super Rugby season the Brumbies monstered the Hurricanes 52-10, and the consensus in Australia was that the ACT side, at least, would dominate the Australasian conference.