Spiro Zavos

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Crusaders' running game, incisive kicking to test Sharks' 'kick tennis' in Super Rugby encounter

Spiro Zavos There were 87 kicks in the kickathon last weekend between the Brumbies and the Sharks. Laurie Fisher, the director of rugby at the Brumbies franchise, took to Twitter to note that his side won the...

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Sharks v Brumbies: Stephen Larkham and Jake White tell a tale of two coaches

Spiro Zavos The top of the table contest on Saturday at Canberra between the Sharks (35 points) and the Brumbies (30) has a decided edge to it.

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SANZAR penalty on Waratahs coach Michael Cheika way too harsh

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos The SANZAR ruling on Michael Cheika's misconduct is not a case of the punishment fitting the crime; it is a case of a minor misdemeanor, at worst, being trumped up as a crime to fit a determination...

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War united ANZAC rivals but only interrupted the battles

Spiro Zavos With the Auckland Blues and the NSW Waratahs playing an Anzac Day match at Eden Park on Friday night, it is appropriate to consider the impact of the Great War on the rugby rivalry between Australia...

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Israel Folau man to watch in Waratahs' running of the Bulls

Spiro Zavos The "Easter Special" marketing for Saturday night's Waratahs-Bulls match at Allianz Stadium features a photograph of a smiling Israel Folau charging down the field on his way to another splendid try.

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Waratahs to battle rising Force to decide who are conference's top dogs

Spiro Zavos ‘‘Don’t shoot the pianist, he is doing his best’’ was a necessary sign in the saloons of the Wild West. It has been applied to the Western Force, too, as they struggled since 2006 to win credibility.

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Outrage over Michael Cheika’s 'choice words' confected but Waratahs must get smart

Spiro Zavos Only hours after the Waratahs lost a fiery, bad-tempered Super Rugby match against the Sharks, I received this email: "The Waratahs need to have a serious look at themselves with regard to...

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SANZAR's insistence on local referees is skewing results

Spiro Zavos SANZAR refuses to acknowledge that the heart of the refereeing problem in Super Rugby lies in the decision in 2009 to ditch the neutral refereeing system and bring in local referees.

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Super Rugby should make Brian O'Driscoll an offer he can't refuse

Spiro Zavos Let us praise the rugby career of Brian O'Driscoll, on and off the field, and make a modest proposal about his future.

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SANZAR takes eyes off the ball in global Super Rugby push

Spiro Zavos The quest for an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016 involves a weird combination of Waiting For Godot and herding cats.

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Rigid Queensland Reds need to heed the lessons of World War I

Spiro Zavos As a preparation for understanding the Great War from 1914 to 1918 in its centenary years, and the Zen of rugby, I have been re-reading Barbara W. Tuchman's brilliant history, August 1914.

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Waratahs v Reds: Much more at stake than points in Super Rugby derby

Spiro Zavos Is there an historical shift in which Australia is becoming a Red State rugby nation?

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Michael Cheika breaks shackles of Waratahs history to make Super Rugby title mission possible

Spiro Zavos What has been mission impossible for the Waratahs since 1996 must become mission possible in 2014.

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Wallabies must dive into World Cup's pool A and win

Spiro Zavos The official match schedule for the 2015 RWC tournament, which was published this week, tells us that the Wallabies will make their first crucial dive into Pool A when they confront England at...

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Ewen McKenzie's creative destruction could be risky for Wallabies by alienating Tahs players

Spiro Zavos It is said the prospect of being hanged concentrates the mind.

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Refereeing mistakes in Australia-England Test make for a night of groans

Spiro Zavos TALK about a sucker for punishment. I watched the Australia-England Test at Twickenham in the early hours of Sunday morning. I had the earphones on to allow my wife upstairs to sleep.

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Desperate Wallabies must storm walls of Fortress Twickenham

Spiro Zavos THE stadium at Twickenham, where the Wallabies are playing England on Sunday morning (AEST), has been described as the venue where the Forsytes and their class equivalents are ''at play''.

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Genia and Cooper need to become the new Gregan and Larkham

Spiro Zavos ON Saturday night at Dunedin, Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies are facing a rampant All Blacks side looking hungrily for a 3-0 blackwash in Bledisloe Cup Tests this year.

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Champion All Blacks side is only going to get better

Spiro Zavos dinkus

Spiro Zavos Brad Thorn, a Rugby World Cup winner and multiple NRL premiership champion, once reckoned it was harder to win a Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship tournament than the Rugby World Cup.

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Dickhead behaviours don't warrant rewards

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos IN the backwash of the disturbing James O'Connor controversy, a curious thing is happening to the Wallabies.

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