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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Late on Sunday afternoon, I received this email from a knowledgeable English rugby friend: “Wales looked good yesterday with a new strong front row going strongly. The whole XV looked pretty fit (not always the case!). Star man was reserve flanker [Justin] Tipuric. Perhaps Wales will play two 7s against the Wallabies.”
The problem for selectors picking their squad to win Rugby World Cup 2015 is rather like trying to solve rubik’s cube, in the dark.
Sir Clive Woodward calls the Twickenham crowd “England’s 16th player”. One of the reasons, up until now, that many of the experts are predicting an England triumph in the 2015 Rugby World Cup is because Twickenham is a fortress for the home side.
The mind games for 2015 Rugby World Cup have began with England criticising Michael Cheika’s decision to take only two hookers to England.
“We can be Heroes, just for one day…” David Bowie’s anthem, it seems to me, is true of life and rugby Tests.
A week is a long time in rugby. Just ask the All Blacks and the Springboks.