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Spiro Zavos

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Origin link played up as ARU practises art of war

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Spiro Zavos ROD Macqueen, the coaching brains behind the Wallabies' only series victory over the British and Irish Lions, in 2001, liked to quote this aphorism from Sun Tzu's The Art of War before big games:...

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Why coach Michael Cheika is Super Rugby franchise the Waratahs' greatest asset

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Spiro Zavos The Waratahs – Highlanders match at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon is being marketed as “The Finals Decider: Bringing Home The Season!” Quite right.

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Domestic rule essential to breeding good Wallabies

Spiro Zavos Now where are we after the pleasant interruption of the Wallabies three Test triumph over France? Ah yes, the 17th round of the 2014 Super Rugby tournament resumes this weekend. Good.

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

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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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Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies squad designed to win Tests and public's hearts and minds

Spiro Zavos The long journey to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup has started. The first step was taken on Thursday at the ARU headquarters by Ewen McKenzie when he named a 32-player Wallabies squad.

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Michael Cheika guides NSW Waratahs out of Super Rugby wilderness

Spiro Zavos So there I was interviewing the Waratahs coach Matt Williams (1997-1999, and no finals appearances).

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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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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.

SANZAR call on refs likely to hit home

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Spiro Zavos On Monday SANZAR announced, in a travesty of an even-playing-field policy, the match officials for the Bulls-Brumbies Super Rugby semi-final.

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McKenzie won't be coaching Wallabies using the White board

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Spiro Zavos THE Brumbies' loss to the Chiefs in the gripping Super Rugby grand final vindicated the ARU's decision not to offer the Wallabies to coach Jake White.

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Hooper's shining example points to bright future with Wallabies

Spiro Zavos MICHAEL Hooper is the Wallabies' template for future success.

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McKenzie's whinges fail to mask coaching faults

Spiro Zavos EWEN McKenzie ran for the job of Wallabies coach like a politician chasing an election victory. He promised to get the best out of the erratic genius of Australian rugby, Quade Cooper, who had found...

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McKenzie's decision to bench lethargic Genia should be applauded

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Spiro Zavos AT 10.56am on Wednesday the ARU sent out an email to the media with the heading ''Ben Mowen earns Qantas Wallabies captaincy honour against Argentina''.

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Dickhead behaviours don't warrant rewards

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

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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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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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Hardy times: Waratahs' slapstick routine no laughing matter

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Spiro Zavos WHAT a fine mess the Waratahs franchise is in. The team manager, Chris Webb, has resigned. The coach, Michael Foley, has defected to a rival franchise.

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.

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Myopic Deans bashers reveal the ugly head of xenophobia

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Spiro Zavos THIS week a xenophobic antagonism towards Robbie Deans has emerged in mainstream media. It is being asserted publicly that a New Zealander - and an All Black to boot - can't be trusted to coach the...

Quade's quite correct, there is a toxic element to the camp - it's him

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Spiro Zavos THOSE outrageous and deceptive dummies, passes, dinky kicks and runs that used to come off for Quade Cooper on the rugby field and no longer do at Test level are being replicated off the field.

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