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Zac Zavos


Joined December 2006







I founded The Roar in 2007 and continue to manage it alongside our growing team.



Classic 80s Tooheys ad

Anyone who grew up in the 80s will remember this classic Tooheys ad. As a kid I dreamed of being Mike Whitney and hitting the winning runs against the Windies at their peak. This was a ‘big ad’ before the days of the big ads…and it sure makes me thirsty!


The Roar's content

Zac writes: The Roar is all about your sports opinion. We see it as a platform for sports lovers to read, comment and write about sports. In the age of citizen journalism, we see you as controlling and contributing to the content on our site.

New Reds coach, Phil Mooney, talks to The Roar

Resident The Roar columnist, Garth Hamilton, talks to the new Queensland Reds coach, Phil Mooney. Mooney was previously the coach of the Australian Under 19 team and inherits a team that struggled badly in last year’s Super 14. In this interview, Garth tackles the challenges ahead for the Reds, the perceived lack of junior talent […]

Spiro Zavos on the Rugby World Cup [2]

In the second interview of the series, resident The Roar columnist, Garth Hamilton, talks rugby with Spiro Zavos on the upcoming Rugby World Cup. In this chat, they delve into the weekend’s upset win by Scotland over Ireland, the England v France match, and the implications of the results of these matches on the Cup. […]


Going to France for the RWC?

Zac Zavos writes:  For those of you lucky enough to be going to France for the Rugby World Cup, you should check out some of the unique events that ex-Wallaby centre Daniel Herbert is putting on. Daniel is a great supporter of The Roar and we’ve heard really good things about the events that he […]

Spiro Zavos discusses the Rugby World Cup

Resident The Roar columnist, Garth Hamilton, talks rugby with Spiro Zavos in the first of several discussions on the upcoming Rugby World Cup. In this far ranging interview, they discuss the impact that South Africa fielding a B-team in the TriNations will have on their Cup chances, the potential for the All Blacks to field […]

Daniel Herbert speaks to The Roar

Daniel Herbert, former Wallaby and Rugby World Cup winner, is currently based in Montpellier, France. In the lead up to the World Cup, we spoke to him about the upcoming tournament. In the interview, Daniel discusses why Montpellier is a wise location for the Wallabies’ base, the events he’ll be running during the World Cup, […]

Socceroos perform when it matters

Australia turned on a sparkling display late in the match to defeat Thailand 4-0 in their must win group match. They now move into the quarter-finals and travel to Hanoi for Saturday’s sudden-death match against Japan.Michael Beauchamp scored early for the Socceroos, leaving up to the experienced stars of Mark Viduka (2) and Harry Kewell […]

The Roar tackles rugby's problems

On 20th May 2007, after weeks of negative comments about the state of Australian rugby, The Roar ran an article titled: Let The Roar of the crowd fix up rugby. In this article, we asked our readers to tell us the three main problems facing rugby, and three solutions to the problems, for submission to […]

John Williamson talks to The Roar

Last week we wrote an article praising the reinstatement of John Williamson singing ‘Waltzing Matilda’ before each home test. The singing of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ coincided with the first win against the All Blacks in 4 years. The Roar spoke to John about the impact the song has on the Wallabies, why he stopped singing it, […]

London 2012 - the logo

There’s been a lot of talk about the London 2012 logo. Some say it’s a fresh, creative logo that reflects the dynamism of the great city of London. Others describe it as ‘most unpopular logo in British marketing history’. Then there’s the fact that Wolff Olins, a brand consultancy, was paid £400,000 for designing the […]

The Langford-Smith jig

One of the surprise packages from the 2007 Cricket World Cup was the success of the Ireland in reaching the “super eight” stage of the tournament. This is a remarkable achievement for a nation where cricket is a marginal sport, at best. Dave Langford-Smith was a club cricketer for University of NSW before moving to […]

Let your opinions be heard

The Roar regularly receives email and contributions from our readers that offer great insights into sports and current sporting events. In the past, because some of these were short, or didn’t fit with our current articles, we weren’t always able to run them in the main section of The Roar….which frustrated us. So, we’ve enabled […]

Rod Macqueen speaks on the new Laws of Rugby

Rod Macqueen, the most successful Wallaby coach ever and the mastermind of the Wallabies 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph, spoke exclusively to The Roar today on the Stellenbosch Laws. Rod has been on the IRB’s The Law project Group which since 2006 and has been driving the assessment and implementation of the Laws which are […]

Let The Roar of the crowd fix up Rugby

At the beginning of the 2004 season Australian rugby was loaded with cash, the Wallabies had almost won the Rugby World Cup, playing numbers, spectator and television viewing numbers were soaring, and the game looked likely to fulfill John O’Neill’s vision of becoming the second largest football code in the country. Now in 2007, another […]

Origin football - the best of all?

Every year since 1980, the best players born in NSW clash in a three match series against those from Queensland. The media hype leading into the match is huge – with good reason. The Origin series is one of the biggest sporting events in Australia, up there with the Melbourne Cup, the Boxing Day Test […]

Let them play for other nations if not selected

We received this email recently from Roger Levey who argues that the quality of world rugby would be improved with a broader representation policy. His argument is below. Interested to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below. Says Roger Levey: ‘Very few countries have a realistic chance of winning the Rugby World Cup. The top […]

As co-founder and CEO of The Roar I want to acknowledge we made a mistake with this column I share in the apology to Bill Pulver and Rob Clarke.

We’ve listened to the various comments and we’ll learn from the experience as we continue to build a great Australian sports opinion website.

Apology to Bill Pulver and Rob Clarke

I set-up The Roar with my brother, Zolton, originally as a place to house the writing of our father, Spiro.

Setting the tone, the first words written on The Roar were: Willie Mason is a fool who gives stupidity a bad name.

The Roar has grown a lot since those days.

We now reach well over a million Australians each month and we’ve formed a business around it and our other sites.

The Roar has grown fundamentally because of our amazing community of Roarers who contribute so much each day.

But we’ve also grown because of the talented people who work behind the scenes. These are guys many of you might not know but are the real wood behind the arrow when it comes to operations. Tristan, originally, who didn’t get the praise Paddy did when he left but should have. Ryman. Jeffers and Conks. Joe Frost, Dan Wighton. Janek. Riords. Vinny. Scotty. Connor. Josh Elliot. So many others.

Then we can go wider and look at the nearly 60 writers, hundreds of live bloggers and video producers.

Of all the many people who have contributed so much over the years, Paddy’s led the way.

Thank you Pad.

The Roar says a fond farewell to Managing Editor, Patrick Effeney

Conks – you won the original Roar of the Crowd writer’s competition with this piece in 2008; now for more guys to open their careers with The Roar.

Celebrate great sports writing: Roar of the Crowd article of the month - October 2016

kingplaymaker – thank you for your wonderful contributions to The Roar. You’re a true Roarer.

I take it we’ve sent you a Roar cap by now? If not, please contact Paddy by the usual means.

I’m not sure the Chiefs will drop another game in 2016

↑ …employ this man!

Hey sockah people, here's a tip

Good fun! Who’d have thought rugby and opera would mix so nicely at 5am.

About to watch @wallabies match at the Sydney Opera house. Nice mix of culture. #werisetogether— The Roar (@TheRoarSports) October 3, 2015

Five talking points from the Wallabies' win over England

Poise is a good phrase Paddy.

My only concern was the intensity drop-off mid-second half by the Wallabies. They seems to sit on their heels rather than spring forward in a quest for more points.

But it’s a minor concern. The battle was intense and they played wonderfully.

Great rugby in what has been a gripping RWC15.

Five talking points from the Wallabies' win over England

Allanthus – I quite enjoy watching squash but mainly because I love playing the game.

What must win out ultimately in terms of its success as a sport is it’s a wonderful game to play – 3D chess I think they say. It’s certainly growing hugely in USA.

What we’re missing in Australia is energy. Aaron provides this via his East Coast Squash Academy (which I attend). Who else is driving the game forward? What are NSW and Australia squash doing to make a real change to the game?

The big issues facing squash in Australia: Q&A with Aaron Frankcomb

Roarers – this is our very first long-read and I’m super proud of what we’ve been able to build and offer Roarers.

Hope you all enjoy it. Well done to The Roar team and Spiro for crafting it.

SPECIAL SPIRO: How the Webb Ellis Cup was won in a land that rumbles

Roarers can be assured I chucked everything at Scott to stay. But it was never about the money for Scott and my attempts to persuade him to stay were never going to work.

We will stay in touch and do what we can and hopefully…just hopefully we may once again see him back Roaring.

FAREWELL ROAR: Bickering a symptom of troubled times


As the co-founder of The Roar I want to publicly express my sincere gratitude for your contributions on The Roar.

Time and time again, I’ve heard that Scott is our best rugby analyst on the site. You have added a huge amount of value – we thank you and will miss your deep insights Scott.

Cheers, Zac

FAREWELL ROAR: Bickering a symptom of troubled times

Personally very proud of your success Elisha – such a wonderful Roarer. Well done.

The Waratahs' trajectory and my own life

Jameswm – thanks for the feedback. It’s being discussed internally right now.


The Ashes are as good as won

Christo – we put the HA! icon on there for the single reason to encourage more humour writing on the site. The thinking being people will get a sense we embrace sports humour on the site.

I love Ben’s writing and this piece worked for me, but the nature of satire is it polarises people.

We’d love to run more humour on The Roar, so send us any links to writers who you think will fit the bill.

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The Ashes are as good as won

Titus, we only moderate according to our policy, which is all about respectful informed sports debate.

The alternative is an unmoderated site and I reckon that’s worse.

Please contact us to discuss site issues or unfair moderation.


EXCLUSIVE: Ljubo Milicevic opens up about Perth, football and life

Noted Felix. Thanks for your feedback.

Storm must be front runners to win

Very happy to have this piece on The Roar. Great stuff!

Chris Rogers talks exclusively to The Roar

Thanks for your words Glenn, Ryan and other Roarers.

With The Roar we’ve created something special. I say ‘we’ because The Roar is fundamentally created by Roarers who make it what it is. Tristan and the team at Conversant provide nudges here and there, but it’s what Roarers bring to the platform that really makes the site.

And it’s working.

To give you guys some insight, we recently hit a high of one million unique browsers for a rolling month. We’ve published 1.3 million comments and each month publish around 700 fan articles. (It makes for a lot of editing!)

Every three days, the equivalent of War and Peace – the longest book in the English language – is written on the site by Roarers. Not all of those words are code-wars either!

As we shift increasingly to video, we have Glenn and Scott producing regular video shows. And Geoff Lemon just wrapped two outstanding video series: One on the Ashes (with BA), and the other with Foxtel looking at the EPL ( If you haven’t watched them yet, I do recommend you do.

We’ve got a great path ahead of us as the site continues to grow in authority and reach in the Australian sports landscape.

Keep Roaring.

Why you’ve got to love The Roar

I played cricket with Sam’s father and knew Sam as a young lad hanging around the cricket club. You could not want for a finer person or family and I think it’s great he’s crafted a successful career for himself in the game.

But I agree it should be CA’s goal to try to entice Sam back. What decision he makes is entirely up to him – but we should at least try.

Sam Robson must play for Aussies next Ashes

Roarers – big shout out to Paul Barkley from LookPro photography(, who’s proving these amazing images from the match.

Wallabies vs British and Irish Lions 1st Test: live scores, pics

The Roar and HG commentary has not disappointed! Loving it.

Wallabies vs British and Irish Lions 1st Test: live scores, pics

Hi Atawhai – yes it will. It’s linked to on this page: – see bottom right corner where you can download it.

HG Nelson: 'The Lions play best when they don't have the ball...'

Fair comment Parisien, but the mention of Samsung wasn’t part of an advertising deal. When we bring advertising into the site, we do in more transparent ways.

SPIRO'S Lions Diary: Brumbies show Wallabies how to do it

Hahaha – nice one Darwin! That had me chuckling…

In truth, we both purchased Samsungs the other weekend because they’re great sets. It’s also nice to support our advertisers, who pay our columnists and keep this site alive and growing.

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SPIRO'S Lions Diary: Brumbies show Wallabies how to do it

Quality piece Mike. Roarers are with you.

Relegation hurts, but life can hurt you more