Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos

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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.

A tale of wrong referees and unfair advantage

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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...

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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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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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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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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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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Perception of the scrum can swing the outcome

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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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Winning on the road is Lions' biggest challenge

Spiro Zavos HERE is a recent news flash: ''South Wales police have asked for witnesses to come forward regarding the brutal crime against 15 Englishmen on a visit to Cardiff who were robbed of a Grand Slam they...

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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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Lions' push to win at any cost betrays game's spirit

Spiro Zavos I WATCHED the dramatic, error-ridden second Test between the Wallabies and the British and Irish Lions from a splendid seat in the stands at Etihad Stadium.

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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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Bulls' allegations raise question of fairness

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Spiro Zavos SOME strange Super Rugby action, some of it good and some of it not so good, has been coming out of South Africa. The good could result in a South African team winning the tournament.

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