Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos

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

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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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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.

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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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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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Chewing over the details, Wallabies due a break

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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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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Underdogs' chief aim is a possible sequel

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Spiro Zavos THE Brumbies achieved Mission Impossible I when they defeated the Bulls at their fortress Loftus Versfeld Stadium on the high veldt in a 2013 Super Rugby semi-final. Cue in the mysterious music.

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McKenzie won't be coaching Wallabies using the White board

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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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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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

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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Lions to kick against their revered heritage

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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Best-laid plans great for creating a surprisingly different result

Spiro Zavos THE Wallabies coaches have access to technology that analyses Tests so minutely that 500,000 pieces of information can be evaluated.

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A tale of wrong referees and unfair advantage

Spiro Zavos TOM Keneally, wordsmith, describes the hype before big matches as the foreplay. Not unexpectedly, the qualifying finals between the Crusaders and Bulls and the Reds and Sharks have generated intense...

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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