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Spiro Zavos

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

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...

Rugby

Thugby spoils the game and brings disgrace to Springboks

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos The IRB and SANZAR were wrong about the first yellow card to du Plessis and probably wrong about the second.

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Wallabies, ARU need to lift their game or risk losing the fans

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Spiro Zavos At the media conference after the close-run Wallabies victory against the Pumas on the Gold Coast, coach Ewen McKenzie was asked if he was satisfied with the play of ''four, five, and six''.

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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Ewen McKenzie must axe underperforming Wallabies

Matt Toomua

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

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Rugby

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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Rugby

War united ANZAC rivals but only interrupted the battles

Fairfax Media writer

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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Rugby

Sharks v Brumbies: Stephen Larkham and Jake White tell a tale of two coaches

Spiro Zavos The top of the table contest on Saturday at Canberra between the Sharks (35 points) and the Brumbies (30) has a decided edge to it.

Rugby

Tactics and support, not thuggish play, the key to good rugby

Spiro Zavos WHEN I noted last week that the Springboks have accumulated 79 yellow cards since the card system began, many of them for thuggish play and twice as many cards as the Wallabies, the team's supporters...

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Rugby

Dickhead behaviours don't warrant rewards

Spiro Zavos IN the backwash of the disturbing James O'Connor controversy, a curious thing is happening to the Wallabies.

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Rugby

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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Rugby

Desperate Wallabies must storm walls of Fortress Twickenham

Fairfax Media writer

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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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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Deans's Third XV faces a monumental battle but with a live chance to triumph against the odds

Spiro Zavos dinkus

Spiro Zavos HOW about this line-up for a Wallabies side to play the Pumas at Rosario?

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Democratic or dictatorial, best coaching system is a winning system

Spiro Zavos There has been a fierce debate this week about the good rucking Richie McCaw has given his former coach, Robbie Deans, in his rugbiography The Open Side.

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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.

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Deans cops backlash of Jekyll and Hyde season

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Spiro Zavos THE tendency of the Wallabies to lose Tests after some convincing performances is driving fans mad. A poll this week on Rugby Heaven showed that 75 per cent of 12,000 voters supported David Campese's...

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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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