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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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Why coach Michael Cheika is Super Rugby franchise the Waratahs' greatest asset

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Spiro Zavos The Waratahs – Highlanders match at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon is being marketed as “The Finals Decider: Bringing Home The Season!” Quite right.

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Crusaders' running game, incisive kicking to test Sharks' 'kick tennis' in Super Rugby encounter

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Spiro Zavos There were 87 kicks in the kickathon last weekend between the Brumbies and the Sharks. Laurie Fisher, the director of rugby at the Brumbies franchise, took to Twitter to note that his side won the...

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

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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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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Hard-nosed packs give Kiwis a wake-up call

Spiro Zavos AFTER the sensational Highlanders - Chiefs match, the new backs coach of the Waratahs, Daryl Gibson, contacted his former Crusaders teammate Justin Marshall with the claim that the New Zealand...

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Beale must concentrate on tackling his demons

Spiro Zavos IT seems a blink in the mind's eye, but several years ago the ABC presented a live telecast of Joeys playing Riverview in the GPS rugby tournament.

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Flawless Smith sure to get Test tick as bungler Cooper stays in the cold

Spiro Zavos A FEW days before NSW played their first rugby match against a British rugby side, on June 2, 1888, a Probables- Possibles match was contested in Sydney to work out a starting XV.

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In form Tahs getting a kick out of their game

Spiro Zavos WE start with a sad confession. For the first time since 1996, the year the Super Rugby tournament began, I have failed to make my annual fearless prediction that this season would be The Year, the...

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The fine line between winners and losers

Spiro Zavos 'MOST ball games are lost, not won," Casey Stengel, the eccentric, folksy manager of New York's Yankees and Mets once told a gaggle of sports writers.

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Waratahs must drop work-to-rule attitude if they want to win

Spiro Zavos IT was a dispirited and sullen crowd that shuffled from Allianz Stadium after the Waratahs' depressing loss to the Western Force last weekend.

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Investment in youth sadly lacking with Australian franchises

Spiro Zavos SOME decades ago Evan Whitton (the ''onlie begetter'' of this rugby column) and myself were at Concord Oval watching the Australian Schoolboys play Ireland.

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Bring back Campo: Waratahs' back line could do with some help

Spiro Zavos Let's have more afternoon Super Rugby matches, please. It was just like old times on Sunday walking down Moore Park Road to the ground to watch the Waratahs play the Crusaders.

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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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