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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Around the 67th minute of the intense, often nasty Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies, during a break in play, a stressed David Pocock told the referee Craig Joubert: “There’s some homophobic slurs being made.”
There was a noisy, exuberant crowd at Westpac Stadium on Saturday to witness the New Zealand Black Caps smash a lethargic, seemingly dispirited West Indian side into submission.
It has taken five matches in Super Rugby 2015 for them but, at last, the NSW Waratahs are back to their championship form. They are back big time!
Professional rugby has been with us, officially and not as inside the boot payments, since 1996. It has brought improvements to the way rugby is played.
Karmichael Hunt has played a better game in reducing his cocaine charges to a non-conviction, a small court fine ($2,500), a larger fine from the Queensland Rugby Union ($30,000) and a six-week suspension than he did on the field for the Reds against the Brumbies.
There is something really satisfying when a coach susses out his opponents’ weaknesses and then presents a side that follows the game plan perfectly to create a dominant victory.