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 Brumbies, Israel Folau, floods of players leaving Super Rugby after the 2015 World Cup and anxious fan mail are the big issues for rugby this week. 1. The ACT Brumbies are in financial trouble A couple of days ago I received this abrupt and anxious email from a rugby fan: ‘Heya Spiro, As a […]
Steve Smith dominates the talk following his debut as Australian Test captain, though the Blarney Army also has something to shout about. Should Ireland be installed as a competitor in the Test arena? And is Josh Hazlewood Australia’s new Glenn McGrath? 1. Steve Smith should promote himself to No. 3 in the batting order So […]
As Australian Rugby Union hurtles towards replicating the Feudal system, taking money from the poor supporters to fund their rich quest for Wallabies supremacy, Welsh Rugby Union may have figurative blood on its hands. Elsewhere, Sam Burgess is quietly racking up the minutes with new side Bath, but is he being utilised in the best […]
Michael Clarke is going to struggle to play cricket in the next year or so. That is if he lasts that long. This is the time to start preparing for when he cannot play Test cricket anymore, or if he decides to stand down from the captaincy and makes his Test career a match-by-match proposition. […]
At lunch time before going back out on to the SCG to continue his innings against NSW, Phillip Hughes told South Australia’s coach, Darren Berry, that the bowlers had come hard at him in the first two hours of play. And that he had respected and welcomed their challenge. This statement confirmed what we all […]
The Wallabies 2014 season is over and 2015 World Cup speculation is already well underway. Stephen Jones has laid out his surprising predictions for the tournament. With injured star David Pocock getting arrested and speculation over England’s capacity to hold the Cup, there is plenty to talk about in this week’s Rolling Maul. 1. Stephen […]