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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The Sydney Morning Herald published an important story for the Australian rugby community, reporting Nick Farr-Jones’ call for “drastic changes” to the GPS rugby competition. A former Wallaby captain, a successful businessman and the current chairman of NSW Rugby, Farr-Jones has questioned the GPS rugby format in the light of a 101 – 0 monstering […]
It is a sign of a very good side that they can play poorly by their high standards, especially in the set pieces, and still win a Super Rugby semi-final 26-8. The Waratahs did this against the Brumbies on Saturday night. The margin of victory might have been flattering, but the result showed that this […]
The SANZAR media release came up on my laptop at 3.04am on Monday morning. My first reaction as I read it was, “Dammit, why is SANZAR trying to stuff up the Super Rugby finals.” This reaction was provoked by the surprise announcement that a New Zealand referee, Glen Jackson, was going to referee the Crusaders-Sharks […]
The four teams contesting the semi-finals of the 2014 Super Rugby tournament are all worthy contenders with a chance of tournament victory: the Waratahs, the Crusaders, the Brumbies and the Sharks, probably in that order. Before the qualifying final at Canberra, the Brumbies coaching staff were suggesting that the 2014 side was a better team […]
At 5.23 am (AEST) SANZAR sent out the Super Rugby final series schedule to the media. The Brumbies play the Chiefs at Canberra on Saturday night and the Sharks play the Highlanders at Durban on 1.05 Sunday morning (AEST). If the scores are level at full time in these qualifying finals there will be extra […]
The last round of Super Rugby is upon us and, if the round before it is any indication, the cream is rising – finally – to the top. We had the Waratahs entrench their top position with an astonishingly good display of modern rugby to blow away the Highlanders. The standard set by the Waratahs […]