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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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Rigid Queensland Reds need to heed the lessons of World War I

Fairfax Media writer

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.

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

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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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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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Ewen McKenzie should focus more on the bench

Fairfax Media writer

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

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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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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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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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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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SANZAR penalty on Waratahs coach Michael Cheika way too harsh

Spiro Zavos The SANZAR ruling on Michael Cheika's misconduct is not a case of the punishment fitting the crime; it is a case of a minor misdemeanor, at worst, being trumped up as a crime to fit a determination...

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

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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Michael Cheika guides NSW Waratahs out of Super Rugby wilderness

Spiro Zavos So there I was interviewing the Waratahs coach Matt Williams (1997-1999, and no finals appearances).

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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.

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Cooper's return will test a curly question

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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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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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Quade's quite correct, there is a toxic element to the camp - it's him

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Spiro Zavos THOSE outrageous and deceptive dummies, passes, dinky kicks and runs that used to come off for Quade Cooper on the rugby field and no longer do at Test level are being replicated off the field.

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