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Super Rugby semi-final: Stylish NSW Waratahs rekindle fans' love of football

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.

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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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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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Cheika makes promise to hit ground running

Cheika

Spiro Zavos It was a small gesture that has large implications for a better future for the Waratahs and the Wallabies.

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Cup chances on the line in northern festival

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Spiro Zavos ABOUT 7am on Sunday, Sydney time, the Wallabies run on to the Stade de France to play the hosts. The Test is one of 10 to be played during the weekend, starting with a double-header in Wales, where...

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When the music stops, McKenzie may go Irish

Spiro Zavos THERE is no doubt that by announcing the end of his association with the Queensland Reds at the end of the Super Rugby season, Ewen McKenzie is stating he wants to coach the Wallabies.

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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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Games tribute harked back to the Wallabies' golden moment

Spiro Zavos THE opening ceremony of the London Olympics had references to rugby union in it, which correctly reflected the true history of the Games.

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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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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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Deans cruelled by Test scheduling and critics' short memories

Spiro Zavos WE were a miserable group, dripping wet, cold and shattered, coming back from Newcastle on the train after the agony of watching the Wallabies snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Scotland.

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