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 good news is that the Wallabies (as the ARU’s media statement on the Test proudly announced) have won back-to-back home victories in the 2014 Rugby Championship. Moreover, given the Springboks’ splendid play against the All Blacks, the victory at Perth over South Africa must rate higher than we judged it. The bad news is […]
When Rob Horne cut inside the Springboks covering defence and headed for the line to score the Wallabies’ last try I almost jumped out of my chair. Then I started to rage that he had dived early rather than run round to create an easy conversion that would give the Test to the Wallabies 24-23. […]
Ewen McKenzie is convinced that among his current Wallabies squad there is a terrific side that is capable of winning the Bledisloe Cup, the Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup next year. This thinking is akin to Michelangelo’s genius at looking at a block of marble and seeing a statue of David inside it. […]
Yes, I know that James O’Connor has been a prat. An official at the ARU who had to deal with him all the time told me that O’Connor was the worst of the Three Amigos – O’Connor, Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper. He would encourage and lead his mates into trouble and then, somehow, slide […]
The thing that caught my attention with the announcement of the new Wallabies squad to face the Springboks at Perth is that with a couple of exceptions (Kyle Godwin and Peter Betham) these are the same old selections that were humiliated by the All Blacks at Eden Park. The inference from this must be that […]
The media release from the ARU on the 51-20 All Blacks defeat of the Wallabies at Eden Park had this headline: ‘Wallabies unable to breach the Eden Park fortress’. Ah, so that was the problem. The All Blacks tryline at Eden Park was somehow protected by a moat and the Wallabies tryline was on a […]