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Spiro Zavos

Rugby

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.

Rugby

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

Fairfax Media writer

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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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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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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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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Chewing over the details, Wallabies due a break

Spiro Zavos dinkus

Spiro Zavos SEVERAL decades ago, about 6am on a Saturday in winter, I was woken from my sleep by a telephone call from ABC Radio. They wanted to talk to me immediately about that day's Bledisloe Cup Test.

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Job in the bag, now new coach must win on field

Spiro Zavos In the aftermath of the Wallabies' smashing defeat by the British and Irish Lions in the deciding Test of the series, the ARU was consumed with this fearful question: how to sell tickets for the...

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Cooper's return will test a curly question

Spiro Zavos THE return of Quade Cooper as playmaker for the Wallabies is a gamble. But it is a gamble worth taking if it lifts the Wallabies out of their slide towards mediocrity.

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Champion All Blacks side is only going to get better

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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Genia and Cooper need to become the new Gregan and Larkham

Fairfax Media writer

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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Lions to kick against their revered heritage

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Spiro Zavos Not long after the 2013 British and Irish Lions squad was announced, I received this email from a well-informed England supporter: ‘‘The two best players in their position left behind [Andrew...

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'Picasso of the Pass' paints a sad picture

Spiro Zavos QUADE Cooper grew up in the New Zealand idolising the extravagant rugby play of Carlos Spencer. Cooper has become a Spencer clone. There are the tats.

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Wallabies leaps ahead when it comes to X-factor

Spiro Zavos JOHN McBride, the tough, charismatic Ireland second-rower and a five times British and Irish Lion (along with Mike Gibson), tells the story of walking through his village when his glory days were...

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Hot air over depth of Australian conference neglects cold hard facts

Spiro Zavos PHIL KEARNS talked about it on the Rugby Club. John Plumtree, the New Zealand-born coach of the Sharks, says the same thing.

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State of the union gets a clean bill of health

Spiro Zavos WHEN the 2.285 million strong People's Liberation Army of China designated rugby as one of its 10 core sports, I was told by the chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union, Rob Fisher, that officials...

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Deans cruelled by Test scheduling and critics' short memories

Spiro Zavos WE were a miserable group, dripping wet, cold and shattered, coming back from Newcastle on the train after the agony of watching the Wallabies snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Scotland.

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Mr Carlton, please note: the Wallabies are not the Waratahs

Spiro Zavos READERS of last Saturday's Herald might have been surprised to find in the news section of the paper a self-described ''traitorous'' rugby opinion piece by Mike Carlton.

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Games tribute harked back to the Wallabies' golden moment

Spiro Zavos THE opening ceremony of the London Olympics had references to rugby union in it, which correctly reflected the true history of the Games.

Henry in Pumas' corner shows coaches transcend nationality

Spiro Zavos THE main Wellington newspaper, The Dominion Post, had a killer photo on its main sports page this week.