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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Rugby is supposed to be a thugs’ game played by gentlemen. SANZAR’s weak attitude to unacceptable thuggery on the field this season is leading to the possibility of rugby becoming a thugs’ game played by thugs. We are in the age of the soccer mum, and body contact sports like rugby, league, AFL and, if […]
The matter of Karmichael Hunt and his Notice to Appear in Court on March 5, 2015 will be resolved in the courts, and rightly so. But the context of the former league star and aspiring AFL player being offered a lucrative contract to play for the Reds and his immediate promotion to a leadership position […]
The Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz coined the phrase ‘fog of war’ to explain the confusion of thought and action that takes over during a hard-fought battle. I had some sense of this at the end of the first round of Super Rugby 2015. So what caused the run of upset results? Initially, they […]
When I completed my tipping list on The Roar I told myself that this was one of the easiest rounds ever to pick the winners. I dutifully ticked the obvious winners, the Crusaders, Brumbies, Chiefs, Sharks, Bulls, Waratahs, and on a hunch and to be slightly different from some of the other tipsters, the Hurricanes. […]
It was old Spiro years ago who decided to give his guesses about the outcome of various matches and tournaments the imposing title of Fearless Predictions. There was some hype in the description because as the only Bondi Junction Greek who doesn’t gamble, Spiro is very aware of his failings as a prophet. He famously, […]
After a summer that has gone on far too long, we had plenty of rugby action over the weekend. Here are some highlights from both the northern and southern hemispheres. 1. It is so far so good for Australia’s Super Rugby contenders The story of the weekend concerning next weekend’s start of the 2015 Super […]