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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SANZAR, based on the news released today, has gone for the money. The new structure will generate or should generate large dollops of television money outside of the SANZAR countries. But at what cost to the rugby integrity of the tournament? The main complaint from South African administrators and players was that the travelling component […]
Kurtley Beale is back in the Wallabies fold, the IRB has changed its name and Ireland have deposed Australia as third-best in the world. These are some of the big topics in this week’s rolling maul. 1. Can Michael Cheika create a Wallaby real Beale? It is no secret in rugby circles that the ARU’s […]
There is a French rugby idiom that comes into play when the national side plays at home: ‘l’esprit de clocher‘. The passion behind the idiom provided the heart of a splendid 29-26 victory at Paris for an embattled French side against Michael Cheika’s Wallabies. Translated literally ‘l’esprit de clocher’ means ‘the spirit of the church […]
The Springboks need a new coach after losing to Ireland’s 29-15. It is not often that a top-tier team is as comprehensively out-coached as the Springboks were by the New Zealander Joe Schmidt with his storming, fired-up and smart Ireland side at the Aviva Stadium. Good coaching is about accurate and thoughtful selection, which Graham […]
It was tight, 33-28, but it was a well-deserved and necessary victory for the Wallabies against Wales at the Millennium Stadium at Cardiff. It was also a great start for Michael Cheika in his first Test as the Wallabies coach. ‘Well-deserved’ might be challenged as Wales scored four tries (Rhys Webb, Alex Cuthbert, Alun Wynn […]
Watching the All Blacks thrash the US Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago took old Spiro back to the far-off days (believe me, they are distant memories) of film nights at the convent boarding school, Star of the Sea, he attended during his primary school days. The link is with the films that the nuns […]