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Graham Henry, fall on your sword

While it’s highly unlikely that Graham Henry will take the initiative at any point in the near future and step aside, it’s increasingly clear that a swathe needs to be cut through New Zealand rugby in order to restore the mana – and mongrel – in this once great rugby nation.

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Classic RWC match - Wallabies vs Ireland 1991

This footage is of the last minute of the 1991 Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final match at Lansdowne Road between Ireland and Australia. It’s interesting to hear how understated the commentary was back then. A far cry from the histrionics of today’s crop. Let us know your recollections of this gripping finale.

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Barrett in the picture

Zolton Zavos writes: The Daily Telegraph reports that Trent Barrett is being sounded out to make a return to the Australian league team for the Centenary Test against the Kiwis in October. Given that Aussie coach Ricky Stuart made a push for Matt King to be dumped from the Blues side because he signed with […]

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2007
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Swannies on a roll

Zolton Zavos writes: After another commanding victory over the weekend, the question should be asked: do the Sydney Swans have a genuine chance for the title this year? Let us know your thoughts.

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Another upset in the NRL

Zolton Zavos writes: The inability of most teams in the NRL to consistently string a series of wins together really is undermining the overall quality of the competition. Penrith beating Souths over the weekend for instance is a good example of this ‘level playing field’ that we’ve discussed on The Roar before. How often would […]

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Tendulkar third highest scorer

Zolton Zavos: The Daily Tele reports that Indian great Sachin Tendulkar has just passed 11,000 runs in Test Cricket, pushing him into third spot in the list of all-time run scorers, behind only Brian Lara and Allan Border. It’s a remarkable achievement from the Little Master, recognised by former South African legend Allan Donald who […]

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2007
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Lay off Sonny Bill?

Zolton Zavos writes: In an article in the Sunday News, Tawera Nikau says everyone should just lay off Sonny Bill Williams. Perhaps they would if he stopped getting himself into the headlines so often.

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Classic RWC match

With the RWC just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to look back during the next few weeks at some of the classic matches seen at the World Cup over the years. This video contains highlights from the France versus New Zealand semi-final encounter played at Twickenham, England in 1999. We’d love […]

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God Defend the All Blacks

The question needs to be asked: does this reworked New Zealand national anthem as shown in this video – which invokes the greats of Kiwi politics, culture and rugby – give the All Blacks the edge at the 2007 World Cup?

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Where is Weepu?

Zolton Zavos writes: Stuff.co reported this morning that Piri Weepu has been left out of the All Black squad for the RWC. Is this a mistake or a show of considerable foresight? Let us know your thoughts.

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Player burnout

Zolton Zavos writes: There was an interesting article in the Tele a couple of days back from Matty Johns on player burnout in rugby league. Given the rotation policy currently being employed by the All Blacks as a part measure to avoid this, what do you think about the number of matches that elite league […]

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The race to the finals

As the NRL season trundles onwards, the race for the top eight is looking more convoluted than ever. Statistically at least, everyone can still make it. Realistically, though, several can be cut out of the equation already, including the Roosters, the Dragons, the Titans and the Knights. I think the Rabbitohs also are one season […]

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There's many ways to Roar

Regular visitors to The Roar will know that a big feature of this site is the amount of reader interaction we have. Sports fanatics are an informed lot and we love getting your opinions on the latest issues. If you have a sporting story to tell, an opinion to share, or you just want to […]

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An unlikely victor?

We said it a little while back on The Roar, but it bears repeating now as we get closer to the business end of the rugby league season. Is there anyone out there who can seriously challenge the Melbourne Storm this year? More pertinently, given the lack of attention they receive in their hometown and […]

Thank you everyone for your comments on this retraction/apology from Spiro. It was a good opportunity to vent your opinion on a range of interesting offshoots (the use of sources in journalism, politics in Australian rugby etc), and your feedback to Spiro has been noted. He made a mistake, and we put our hand up as having got it wrong by running the column. We’ll leave this comment thread open for another 30 minutes, at which point we’ll switch it off as everything that needs to be said has been said. It’s time to move onto other topics of debate now.

Apology to Bill Pulver and Rob Clarke

Yes, we’ve created a platform where opinions are shared freely and the voice of the everyday punter is as loud as that of our Expert writers. This is what we intended for on The Roar and hopefully our readers enjoy that opportunity. But it’s equally important to own up and acknowledge when you get it wrong.

Apology to Bill Pulver and Rob Clarke

These are all fair points. However, it should also be acknowledged that good investigative journalism relies on sources to provide information that the public wouldn’t otherwise be privy to seeing. This has been the hallmark of effective reporting since the beginning of time and I think many would agree that over the years Spiro has contributed numerous well-researched columns based on information supplied by his sources. In this instance, Spiro acted in good faith under the assumption that his source was accurate in what he was claiming. The correspondence he had to support that was well documented. Unfortunately, it turns out that this assumption was misplaced, and as a result, Spiro has conceded that he clearly got it wrong.

Apology to Bill Pulver and Rob Clarke

We’re leaving the comments open on this post because that’s what The Roar is all about: expressing your opinion. In this case, we got it wrong and Spiro’s apology is heartfelt and genuine. But at times like this, we understand that our audience want to have their say, which is why we’re keeping the comments open.

Apology to Bill Pulver and Rob Clarke

Hey guys, you’re right! We’ve amended the copy accordingly. Thanks, Zolton

WIZ: Heavyweights will deliver knockout blows in the RLWC semis

Sorry for the issues with the ratings not displaying. We’ve fixed that now (ed.).

Player ratings: Wallabies vs England

Hi Roarers, this is the second in a short series outlining how our expert football columnists would fix Australian football. We hope it will generate positive discussion about the game in this country.

Tomorrow, Vince Rugari will focus on the Socceroos as they push to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, to be followed with Tony Tannous on Thursday, who will look at youth development, and Davidde Corran on Friday, who will offer insight into ways to continue to boost fan engagement across football in Australia.

You can read Mike Tuckerman’s first piece in the series here.

Enjoy,

Zolton (Roar Publisher)

How to fix Australian football: Connecting the tiers

Hey guys, we’ve rearranged the order of the backline to how Campo intended it. Sorry for the confusion. (ed)

CAMPO: Wallabies need to start bashing the All Blacks around

Thanks for the correction jeznez. We have edited that part of the copy to delete that reference now. (Zolton – Ed.)

CAMPO: Invest in club rugby and Waratahs will improve

Thanks Kersi, we’ve fixed that now (ed.)

Tendulkar and Malinga leaving the rest in their wake

We’ve updated that Lefty [ed.]

Aussies exposed as soft-centred bullies

We’ve fixed this now. Thanks for all the comments pointing the error out. (ed.)

Laver, not Federer, is the greatest ever player

Thanks Brendan, fixed! (ed)

Rugby and the Religion of the Playing Fields

Sorry Brett, we’ve adjusted that title tagline now. (ed.)

Sonny Bill equals more free to air rugby

Thanks for pointing that out Cookie. We’ve fixed the image.

Hayne, Campese victims of brilliance

Hi Chris, you should sign up to Rugbyzone.com — very reasonable monthly fee ($20 or so) and all the Tri Nation action, live and replayed.

Will the Boks come up with something new?

Thanks Jamesswm, I agree. We’re trying to keep an eye on all the comments, but I hope you keep a perspective on how many comments get left on this site on a daily basis. And today, for instance, there is just one person trying to keep track of it all, whilst juggling other important things at the same time. The Roar is a very, very small team – much smaller than many of you may realise. So please understand that we’re doing what we can to ensure that everyone has a fair go on the site and that people who are ruining the experience for others are notified and placed under moderation. We miss things sometimes, so we appreciate it when you bring it to our attention. Thanks, Zolton [Publisher/Managing Editor]

The run home to the Super 14 finals

Hi Jervois, Zolton here, one of the Roar editors. I can assure you that none of the comment moderators are voting down your comments. The voting mechanism is, though, a vital way for us to be notified of comments that aren’t deemed appropriate or aren’t adding much to the debate/discussion. As Brett rightly pointed out, we have our hands full keeping an eye on all the comments going through the site, but as long as you’re contributing in a meaningful manner, you shouldn’t have any problems.

The run home to the Super 14 finals

Jools, as a fellow US resident, I suggest you sign up for www.rugbyzone.com. I pay a small subscription fee and watch all the Super 14 games live and/or replayed online with great picture quality, Well worth it.

Thrills and upsets in frenetic Super 14 second round

Whoops. We’ve fixed it. I thought that crystal ball looked a little too clear …

Confessing the worst sports predictions of 2009

Hi Kersi, this has been fixed. Zolton [ed.]

Test cricketers who have represented in other sports

Guys, please! Keep the focus on sport and not history. interesting though it may be. Zolton [Ed]

The bully boys are back

Bennalong, please don’t write comments in caps. Thanks, Zolton [Ed]

The knives are being sharpened for Robbie Deans

Knives Out, the edit was made at our end. Darryl SA, this is an official warning to stop making personal attacks through The Roar or your comments will be marked for moderation, Zolton [Ed]

The Boks have finally learned how to win

Thanks for the correction. We’ve deleted the reference to Asafa and Asics. [Ed.]

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