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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Yes, I know that James O’Connor has been a prat. An official at the ARU who had to deal with him all the time told me that O’Connor was the worst of the Three Amigos – O’Connor, Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper. He would encourage and lead his mates into trouble and then, somehow, slide […]
The thing that caught my attention with the announcement of the new Wallabies squad to face the Springboks at Perth is that with a couple of exceptions (Kyle Godwin and Peter Betham) these are the same old selections that were humiliated by the All Blacks at Eden Park. The inference from this must be that […]
The media release from the ARU on the 51-20 All Blacks defeat of the Wallabies at Eden Park had this headline: ‘Wallabies unable to breach the Eden Park fortress’. Ah, so that was the problem. The All Blacks tryline at Eden Park was somehow protected by a moat and the Wallabies tryline was on a […]
For the past two weeks I’ve been wondering why Ewen McKenzie has announced his starting Wallaby XV and reserves a couple of days before he needed to do so. What has added to the mystery is that a key selection, Kurtley Beale at number 10, is the sort of information that in the natural order […]
Both the coaches were disappointed about the 12-12 result of the first Bledisoe Cup Test at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. But they shouldn’t have been. For the Wallabies, the draw stopped their run of seven-straight victories. Rod Macqueen’s magnificent Wallabies had 10 victories in a row, a record for Australia that will probably […]
The ARU’s media release announcing the starting Wallabies XV and nine reserves (one to be omitted) to play the All Blacks on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium had a huge photo of Kurtley Beale scoring a try and the tag line in big type: The team to beat the All Blacks? Notice the question mark. […]