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 most telling comment to come out of the Springboks’ relentless victory over the Wallabies at the fabled Newlands stadium came from an exhausted Michael Hooper: “We couldn’t keep up with them.” The Springboks smashed home three tries in the last 10 minutes of the Test, with an earlier drop goal by Pat Lambie to […]
So there was Chris Rattue in the NZ Herald praising the NRL for providing league fans with two last terrific finals game and bashing rugby yet again (how predictable!) for providing nothing in the ‘height of the season’ but ‘rubbish’ for its supporters. You would expect even someone as one-eyed as Rattue to at least […]
The state of the rugby union in Australia is rather like that of the British pound, it should be stronger. But there are hopes that the rugby union code in Australia is on an upward path – perhaps not the pound, though! Admittedly, the path is from a low base point, but there are signs […]
When Steve Hansen says the laws of rugby need to be revised, modified and made easier to play, to referee, and to understand, the rugby world should take notice. The All Blacks under Hansen’s adroit coaching are in an era even more golden than previous great eras. They are not only playing winning rugby, they […]
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. […]