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Ewen McKenzie must axe underperforming Wallabies

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

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

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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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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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SANZAR's insistence on local referees is skewing results

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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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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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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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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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Tactics and support, not thuggish play, the key to good rugby

Spiro Zavos WHEN I noted last week that the Springboks have accumulated 79 yellow cards since the card system began, many of them for thuggish play and twice as many cards as the Wallabies, the team's supporters...

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Champion All Blacks side is only going to get better

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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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Desperate Wallabies must storm walls of Fortress Twickenham

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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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All Blacks' brilliance likely to ensure winning streak is unbroken

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Spiro Zavos ONE way or another, rugby history is going to be made tonight. The moveable feast of the Wallabies faces an unstoppable All Blacks force at Suncorp Stadium.

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Deans cops backlash of Jekyll and Hyde season

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Spiro Zavos THE tendency of the Wallabies to lose Tests after some convincing performances is driving fans mad. A poll this week on Rugby Heaven showed that 75 per cent of 12,000 voters supported David Campese's...

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Perception of the scrum can swing the outcome

Spiro Zavos IN HIS essay The Problems of Knowledge, Bertrand Russell described an experiment where people were asked to look through a keyhole and describe a table they saw inside the room.

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Cheika ready to lead the Waratahs to glory

Spiro Zavos ACCORDING to blink theory, first impressions are often the truest impressions. The first time I met Michael Cheika, the new coach of the Waratahs, was at Manuka Oval decades ago.

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Boring footy tactics have been punted into touch

Spiro Zavos HERE are two NSW Waratahs talking about their exciting opening match of the 2013 Super Rugby tournament against the Queensland Reds. What is wrong with their statements?

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Hard-nosed packs give Kiwis a wake-up call

Spiro Zavos AFTER the sensational Highlanders - Chiefs match, the new backs coach of the Waratahs, Daryl Gibson, contacted his former Crusaders teammate Justin Marshall with the claim that the New Zealand...

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Beale must concentrate on tackling his demons

Spiro Zavos IT seems a blink in the mind's eye, but several years ago the ABC presented a live telecast of Joeys playing Riverview in the GPS rugby tournament.

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