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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.

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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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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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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Domestic rule essential to breeding good Wallabies

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Spiro Zavos Now where are we after the pleasant interruption of the Wallabies three Test triumph over France? Ah yes, the 17th round of the 2014 Super Rugby tournament resumes this weekend. Good.

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Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies squad designed to win Tests and public's hearts and minds

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Spiro Zavos The long journey to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup has started. The first step was taken on Thursday at the ARU headquarters by Ewen McKenzie when he named a 32-player Wallabies squad.

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Ewen McKenzie should focus more on the bench

Spiro Zavos The McKenzie Wallabies are selected on form and necessity.

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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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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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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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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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McKenzie won't be coaching Wallabies using the White board

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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 takes gamble on Cooper off the bench

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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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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Cooper's return will test a curly question

Spiro Zavos THE return of Quade Cooper as playmaker for the Wallabies is a gamble. But it is a gamble worth taking if it lifts the Wallabies out of their slide towards mediocrity.

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McKenzie's decision to bench lethargic Genia should be applauded

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Spiro Zavos AT 10.56am on Wednesday the ARU sent out an email to the media with the heading ''Ben Mowen earns Qantas Wallabies captaincy honour against Argentina''.

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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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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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Genia and Cooper need to become the new Gregan and Larkham

Spiro Zavos ON Saturday night at Dunedin, Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies are facing a rampant All Blacks side looking hungrily for a 3-0 blackwash in Bledisloe Cup Tests this year.

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