Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos

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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

Fairfax Media writer

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

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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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SANZAR's insistence on local referees is skewing results

Spiro Zavos SANZAR refuses to acknowledge that the heart of the refereeing problem in Super Rugby lies in the decision in 2009 to ditch the neutral refereeing system and bring in local referees.

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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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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.

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

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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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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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Job in the bag, now new coach must win on field

Spiro Zavos In the aftermath of the Wallabies' smashing defeat by the British and Irish Lions in the deciding Test of the series, the ARU was consumed with this fearful question: how to sell tickets for the...

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Hedgehogs have the edge over foxes

Spiro Zavos Isaiah Berlin, the Oxford don, in a famous essay on Tolstoy and history defined two categories of leaders: the fox and the hedgehog.

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Underdogs' chief aim is a possible sequel

Spiro Zavos THE Brumbies achieved Mission Impossible I when they defeated the Bulls at their fortress Loftus Versfeld Stadium on the high veldt in a 2013 Super Rugby semi-final. Cue in the mysterious music.

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McKenzie won't be coaching Wallabies using the White board

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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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

Fairfax Media writer

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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