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 Rugby Football Union has finally got something right with the appointment of Eddie Jones as head coach of England through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup tournament.
This is the stuff of legends. A young Richard Hugh ‘Richie’ McCaw has been selected for the New Zealand Under-19 trials. The year is 1999.
In Greek mythology it is recorded that Achilles was given the choice by the gods: a long, boring existence or a brief but brilliant life. Achilles chose the “crowded hour” of glorious life. Jonah Lomu, a Tongan-New Zealander who changed the way rugby is played, was a modern Achilles.
Last Friday, the ARU made an important announcement for the near future of the Wallabies and, in the long term, for the team’s winning chances in the 2019 Rugby World Cup tournament in Japan.
The decision by Sam Burgess to return to league is a win-win-win result.
On Sunday, some hours after the exciting 2015 Rugby World Cup final between the All Blacks and the Wallabies, World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset hailed the tournament as “the biggest and best Rugby World Cup”.