Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos

Rugby

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.

Rugby

SANZAR penalty on Waratahs coach Michael Cheika way too harsh

Fairfax Media writer

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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SANZAR takes eyes off the ball in global Super Rugby push

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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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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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.

Rugby

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 should make Brian O'Driscoll an offer he can't refuse

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos Let us praise the rugby career of Brian O'Driscoll, on and off the field, and make a modest proposal about his future.

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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...

Rugby

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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Thugby spoils the game and brings disgrace to Springboks

Spiro Zavos The IRB and SANZAR were wrong about the first yellow card to du Plessis and probably wrong about the second.

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Boring footy tactics have been punted into touch

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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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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...

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Conference format is a winner - and South Africans cannot be allowed to wreck it

Spiro Zavos THE Australian and New Zealand unions beware, the South Africans are coming to make a mess of the Super Rugby tournament.

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Bulls' allegations raise question of fairness

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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Gouge claims leave Bulls open to scorn

Spiro Zavos The ''Gougegate'' affair is becoming murky. There are too many unanswered questions relating to it that need to be resolved by SANZAR if public confidence in the new process is to be maintained.

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Race to the Super finals is reaching fever pitch

Spiro Zavos NOW, where were we, before the June Test series stopped this year's Super Rugby tournament in its tracks …

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Blossoming Brumbies show up warring Tahs

Spiro Zavos IT wasn't meant to be this way for the woeful Waratahs this season. When SANZAR scheduled tonight's Waratahs-Brumbies match it was intended to be a warm-up for the local side before the climax of the...