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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The four teams contesting the semi-finals of the 2014 Super Rugby tournament are all worthy contenders with a chance of tournament victory: the Waratahs, the Crusaders, the Brumbies and the Sharks, probably in that order. Before the qualifying final at Canberra, the Brumbies coaching staff were suggesting that the 2014 side was a better team […]
At 5.23 am (AEST) SANZAR sent out the Super Rugby final series schedule to the media. The Brumbies play the Chiefs at Canberra on Saturday night and the Sharks play the Highlanders at Durban on 1.05 Sunday morning (AEST). If the scores are level at full time in these qualifying finals there will be extra […]
The last round of Super Rugby is upon us and, if the round before it is any indication, the cream is rising – finally – to the top. We had the Waratahs entrench their top position with an astonishingly good display of modern rugby to blow away the Highlanders. The standard set by the Waratahs […]
The Waratahs smashed a determined Highlanders team at Allianz Stadium 44-16, to give them the top position on the ladder going into the finals. This means that the Waratahs will play all their finals matches, providing they win the semi-final, in Sydney. Past history suggests that playing at home is the key to winning the […]
Over the weekend we saw the Test debut of Handre Pollard, who is destined to become a great Springboks number 10. Pollard got his chance to play for the Springboks when Morne Steyn, the old iron hands with the infallible kicking boot, was not eligible to play. Pollard replaced him, even though he has only […]
The Waratahs monstered an under-strength Brumbies 39-8 at ANZ Stadium, meaning the men from NSW have won the Australian Super Rugby conference. The Sharks can’t be over-taken in the South African conference, either. But who will win the New Zealand conference and which teams will make the last four places in the finals is a […]