Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos

Wallabies, ARU need to lift their game or risk losing the fans

Spiro Zavos At the media conference after the close-run Wallabies victory against the Pumas on the Gold Coast, coach Ewen McKenzie was asked if he was satisfied with the play of ''four, five, and six''.

Put away the gun - referees' calls were correct

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Spiro Zavos A famous sign in the Wild West saloons read: Don't Shoot The Pianist, He Is Doing His Best. I was reminded of this when I read the mindless criticism of the referees for two important decisions taken...

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie needs plans, not mind games, against Springboks in Perth Test

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Spiro Zavos At half-time at Eden Park during the second Test between Australia and New Zealand the All Blacks jogged off the field but the Wallabies, who were in need of regrouping, stayed on the ground exposed...

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Ewen McKenzie must axe underperforming Wallabies

Matt Toomua

Spiro Zavos Ewen McKenzie needs to make changes if he is to retain credibility as a coach.

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Wallabies have the players, game plan to beat All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup rugby Test at Eden Park

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Spiro Zavos It was a nasty but effective action by the coach of the All Blacks Steve Hansen to reveal the referee for the Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney, the South African Jaco Peyper, concedes he made mistakes...

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Thrilling Super Rugby final and Waratahs' success fire up rugby league's propagandists

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Spiro Zavos The brilliant rugby of the 2014 Super Rugby final and the rolling roars from the crowd, the largest to watch the Waratahs in Sydney since 1907, revived memories from the dusty pages of newspapers of...

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Super Rugby semi-final: Stylish NSW Waratahs rekindle fans' love of football

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Spiro Zavos Virtue has its own rewards. At 9.27pm last Monday a media release from the Waratahs franchise popped up on my laptop. It had this exuberant headline: "Over 33,000 Tickets Snapped Up For Tahs.

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Waratahs' all-court game brings glory to all

Spiro Zavos There you go. Phil Waugh has declared that the 2014 NSW Waratahs are probably the “most complete” side in the history of the Super Rugby tournament.

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Super Rugby qualifying final tip: ACT Brumbies to win if they play the Rod Macqueen way

Spiro Zavos They say in sports you have to lose a grand final before you win one. That is the prospect, anyway, facing the ACT Brumbies as they go into a successive Super Rugby finals campaign on Saturday night.

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Domestic rule essential to breeding good Wallabies

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

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

Fairfax Media writer

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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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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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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SANZAR penalty on Waratahs coach Michael Cheika way too harsh

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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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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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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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'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.