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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Over the past week or so, Michael Cheika has made several decisions Sir Humphrey would call ‘courageous’. Cheika’s contract with the ARU allows him to coach the Waratahs during the 2015 Super Rugby tournament, courageous decision number one. This decision leaves Cheika open – especially from wild-eyed Reds supporters (think of the claque that support Quade […]
There are many losers and only one winner, Michael Cheika, from the ARU-Beale crisis. Di Patston, the former business manager of the Wallabies, is a loser because she felt compelled to resign from her position. Ewen McKenzie is a loser, too, because he has resigned his job as the coach of the Wallabies after one […]
You know an organisation is in trouble when jokes about it start making the rounds, like this gem from New Zealand that mocks the ructions that have rocked the Wallabies in recent weeks. The Queensland police reported this on Sunday morning: ‘Many people are reporting a robbery at Suncorp Stadium last night. Sorry guys, we […]
Ewen McKenzie’s resignation is the most dramatic departure from Australian rugby since the great Trevor Allan left the Wallabies captaincy to play rugby league in England in 1949. The first hint of what was going to happen with McKenzie came during a media conference after a thrilling Test, in which the Wallabies lost the lead […]
The resignation of Di Patston as the business manager of the Wallabies has escalated a in-house difficulty facing the Wallabies into the most serious crisis confronting the ARU since the introduction of professional rugby. The alleged text message Kurtley Beale sent to teammates (and inadvertently to Patston) in June denigrated Patston in a way that […]
It took 43 minutes of play in the vibrant Springboks versus All Blacks Test at the Ellis Park coliseum (with visitors usually playing the role of the Christians about to be confronted with raging lions) for Handre Pollard to hoist his first high kick of the match. Against the Wallabies at Cape Town, a week […]