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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“Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell; It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell; It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat, For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.”
With the Super Rugby season over for the Australian sides, it is time to reminisce. Here is the good, the bad and the beautiful for the Wallabies.
First things first. The Waratahs and the Brumbies were given a “master class” (the telling phrase of Fox Sports commentator Greg Clarke in praise of the Highlanders) by their New Zealand opponents, the Highlanders and the Hurricanes, in the 2015 Super Rugby semi-finals.
It’s time for Australian rugby to cut Quade Cooper loose. Let him go to Toulon on the big dollars, as his manager Khoder Nasser says he is advising him to do.
The Brumbies’ tremendous smashing of the benign Stormers at Newlands in the Super Rugby qualifying final sees them now travelling to Wellington to play the Hurricanes in the semi-final.
On Monday, a day after the announcement of the Wallabies 22-man preliminary train-on squad for the opening round of The Rugby Championship, I received an email from someone with a lot of rugby knowledge that carried the heading: 12 Queenslanders?