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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‘Folau! Folau! Israel Folau!’ What a match he played to ignite the NSW Waratahs to a resounding, emphatic, vibrant (pick your enthusiastic adjective) 45-25 victory over the Chiefs at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
On May 11 around 3 o’clock (AES time) World Rugby sent out a media release with the headline ‘Bill Beaumont elected next World Rugby Chairman’.
In this exclusive piece from Watching the World Cup in 2007, Spiro looks at one of rugby’s greatest mysteries. Were the All Blacks, in fact, poisoned before the 1995 tournament decider against South Africa?
It was only a matter of seconds after the final whistle blew on the thrilling Highlanders – Crusaders match that my telephone rang.
Eddie Jones is not as stupid as he sounds. Proof? He has just appointed Glen Ella as England’s skills coach, responsible for developing England’s attacking play.
As a rampant number 8 Michael Cheika never took a backward step. He has carried this aggression into every aspect of his coaching.