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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Let me state this as politely as I can. Stephen Larkham’s denunciation of Australian referee Angus Gardner is a disgrace.
After a pulsating final round of the 2016 Super Rugby tournament, the quarter-final play-offs are finally known.
A few weeks ago, Dane Haylett-Petty, the Western Force star player and first-time Wallaby in 2016, urinated in the hallway of the Southern Sun Bloemfontein Hotel. In another incident at the hotel, Pek Cowan, another Wallaby and Force veteran, drove the team bus without permission.
It’s official. Last weekend’s round has produced the most losses, five, the Australian Super Rugby franchises have ever inflicted on their supporters and themselves in a single round.
Ah, now where are we in the 2016 Super Rugby finals race after we were so rudely (especially for the Wallabies!) interrupted with the June Tests?
Last weekend, England defeated the Wallabies 44-40, Ireland narrowly lost to South Africa 13-19, and the All Blacks thrashed Wales 46-6.