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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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SANZAR takes eyes off the ball in global Super Rugby push

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

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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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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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Numbers right and Izzy should start for Wallabies

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Spiro Zavos IT'S probably a journalistic instinct to preserve a thought but I often find myself scribbling notes as the rugby play surges on before me.

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Fitting time to reflect on Lions revolution

Spiro Zavos ON Tuesday about 3pm, a group gathered at Campbells Hill cemetery in Maitland around the grave of Bob Seddon, the captain of the 1888 first Lions side.

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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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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Hardy times: Waratahs' slapstick routine no laughing matter

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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Deans's Third XV faces a monumental battle but with a live chance to triumph against the odds

Spiro Zavos HOW about this line-up for a Wallabies side to play the Pumas at Rosario?

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