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Wallabies have the players, game plan to beat All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup rugby Test at Eden Park

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...

Having Kurtley Beale in starting XV will give Wallabies an immediate impact against All Blacks

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Spiro Zavos "I reckon Ewen McKenzie is trying to keep Kurtley Beale in rugby by selecting him as a starter against the All Blacks," Tony said to me when I made my usual morning purchases at his excellent deli...

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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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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.

Put away the gun - referees' calls were correct

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Spiro Zavos A famous sign in the Wild West saloons read: Don't Shoot The Pianist, He Is Doing His Best. I was reminded of this when I read the mindless criticism of the referees for two important decisions taken...

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie needs plans, not mind games, against Springboks in Perth Test

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Spiro Zavos At half-time at Eden Park during the second Test between Australia and New Zealand the All Blacks jogged off the field but the Wallabies, who were in need of regrouping, stayed on the ground exposed...

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Ewen McKenzie must axe underperforming Wallabies

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Spiro Zavos Ewen McKenzie needs to make changes if he is to retain credibility as a coach.

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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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NSW Waratahs must honour their attacking game against Canterbury Crusaders – and have fun

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Spiro Zavos Graham Henry told me at a rugby function he endured the agonies of Job in the last part of the RWC 2011 final as a victory by France over New Zealand became an alarming possibility.

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Waratahs' all-court game brings glory to all

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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 qualifying final tip: ACT Brumbies to win if they play the Rod Macqueen way

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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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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War united ANZAC rivals but only interrupted the battles

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

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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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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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 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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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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