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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Waratahs to battle rising Force to decide who are conference's top dogs

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Spiro Zavos ‘‘Don’t shoot the pianist, he is doing his best’’ was a necessary sign in the saloons of the Wild West. It has been applied to the Western Force, too, as they struggled since 2006 to win credibility.

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

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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Rigid Queensland Reds need to heed the lessons of World War I

Spiro Zavos As a preparation for understanding the Great War from 1914 to 1918 in its centenary years, and the Zen of rugby, I have been re-reading Barbara W. Tuchman's brilliant history, August 1914.

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Waratahs v Reds: Much more at stake than points in Super Rugby derby

Spiro Zavos Is there an historical shift in which Australia is becoming a Red State rugby nation?

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Michael Cheika breaks shackles of Waratahs history to make Super Rugby title mission possible

Spiro Zavos What has been mission impossible for the Waratahs since 1996 must become mission possible in 2014.

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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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Ewen McKenzie's creative destruction could be risky for Wallabies by alienating Tahs players

Spiro Zavos It is said the prospect of being hanged concentrates the mind.

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Wallabies must dive into World Cup's pool A and win

Spiro Zavos The official match schedule for the 2015 RWC tournament, which was published this week, tells us that the Wallabies will make their first crucial dive into Pool A when they confront England at...

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McKenzie takes gamble on Cooper off the bench

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Spiro Zavos A few days before the third Test between the Wallabies and the British and Irish Lions, I chatted with Graham Henry, the great All Blacks coach.

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Numbers right and Izzy should start for Wallabies

Spiro Zavos IT'S probably a journalistic instinct to preserve a thought but I often find myself scribbling notes as the rugby play surges on before me.

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Win against Brumbies crucial to Tahs' finals chances

Spiro Zavos Last Saturday night at Allianz Stadium, Waratahs supporters stood up and yelled, applauded and roared their team on in the last few dramatic moments of the contest with the Stormers.

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'Picasso of the Pass' paints a sad picture

Spiro Zavos QUADE Cooper grew up in the New Zealand idolising the extravagant rugby play of Carlos Spencer. Cooper has become a Spencer clone. There are the tats.

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Wallabies leaps ahead when it comes to X-factor

Spiro Zavos JOHN McBride, the tough, charismatic Ireland second-rower and a five times British and Irish Lion (along with Mike Gibson), tells the story of walking through his village when his glory days were...

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Keeping in perspective the Lions that awed

Spiro Zavos Alan Jones, in his days as a successful Wallaby coach, used to tell his players when controversies erupted around himself and his team: ''The dogs are barking, but the caravan moves on.''

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Fitting time to reflect on Lions revolution

Spiro Zavos ON Tuesday about 3pm, a group gathered at Campbells Hill cemetery in Maitland around the grave of Bob Seddon, the captain of the 1888 first Lions side.

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Hooper's shining example points to bright future with Wallabies

Spiro Zavos MICHAEL Hooper is the Wallabies' template for future success.

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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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