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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Peter FitzSimons, bless him, used to mark a year or so before a Rugby World Cup tournament with columns predicting that ‘the All Blacks are peaking too early!’ The FitzSimons theory was that having a great year before the Rugby World Cup virtually ensured not winning the tournament. The theory worked pretty well, as far […]
If there is such a oxymoronic event as a good defeat, then the Wallabies 26-23 loss at Aviva Stadium against a fired-up Ireland side playing Jakeball about as well as it can be played was such an occasion. Losses are always bad – let’s get that very clear. Michael Cheika’s men have now lost two […]
SANZAR, based on the news released today, has gone for the money. The new structure will generate or should generate large dollops of television money outside of the SANZAR countries. But at what cost to the rugby integrity of the tournament? The main complaint from South African administrators and players was that the travelling component […]
Kurtley Beale is back in the Wallabies fold, the IRB has changed its name and Ireland have deposed Australia as third-best in the world. These are some of the big topics in this week’s rolling maul. 1. Can Michael Cheika create a Wallaby real Beale? It is no secret in rugby circles that the ARU’s […]
There is a French rugby idiom that comes into play when the national side plays at home: ‘l’esprit de clocher‘. The passion behind the idiom provided the heart of a splendid 29-26 victory at Paris for an embattled French side against Michael Cheika’s Wallabies. Translated literally ‘l’esprit de clocher’ means ‘the spirit of the church […]
The Springboks need a new coach after losing to Ireland’s 29-15. It is not often that a top-tier team is as comprehensively out-coached as the Springboks were by the New Zealander Joe Schmidt with his storming, fired-up and smart Ireland side at the Aviva Stadium. Good coaching is about accurate and thoughtful selection, which Graham […]