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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Last year, Bill Pulver, the chief executive of the ARU, made the fearless prediction that the Waratahs would win their first Super Rugby title. And what do you know? Bernard Foley kicked a long-range penalty over the black dot, almost on time in the final at ANZ Stadium against the Crusaders, to fulfil the prediction. […]
A week or so ago Queensland Rugby Union put out a media statement headed: James Slipper Named St. George Queensland Reds Captain. On top of the statement was a headshot of an unsmiling Slipper, flanked by the equally stern visage of Rob Simmons and Karmichael Hunt with a ferocious Samurai warrior look on his face. […]
During the week I had a fascinating chat with Wendy Buswell about her experiences of adopting her expertise in performance training practice and theory for actors across to the training of rugby players. I came away from the interview with the strong belief that her ideas could help rugby players, at all levels, but especially […]
During the weekend I spent a pleasant 10 minutes or so on New Zealand sports radio talking about the return to Australian rugby of naughty boy, and the ring leader of the Three Amigos, James O’Connor. The interviewer wanted to get my opinion on two matters. First, is O’Connor a reformed character, as he says […]
Back in the 1960s when a M.Ed student at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC, I spent a memorable New Year’s Day in my bath watching all the college gridiron bowl games across the nation, starting in Florida and ending late at night in California and Hawaii. My team then was Notre Dame and […]
The World Rugby ranking for the end of 2014 show the All Blacks at number one, followed by the Springboks, Ireland, England, the Wallabies, Wales and France. The All Blacks lost a Test, against the Springboks in South Africa, and drew against the Wallabies in Sydney, but showed with their other victories that their favouritism […]