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Wallabies have the players, game plan to beat All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup rugby Test at Eden Park

Spiro Zavos It was a nasty but effective action by the coach of the All Blacks Steve Hansen to reveal the referee for the Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney, the South African Jaco Peyper, concedes he made mistakes...

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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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Desperate Wallabies must storm walls of Fortress Twickenham

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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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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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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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Deans cops backlash of Jekyll and Hyde season

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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Campese out of order but Robbie still rankles

Spiro Zavos YOU KNOW when you've put both your rugby boots in your mouth when Wendell Sailor tweets this to you: "Well good morning to u Campo & I have to say u are on your own with this comment it's 2012 champ.

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Winning on the road is Lions' biggest challenge

Spiro Zavos HERE is a recent news flash: ''South Wales police have asked for witnesses to come forward regarding the brutal crime against 15 Englishmen on a visit to Cardiff who were robbed of a Grand Slam they...

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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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Lions to kick against their revered heritage

Spiro Zavos Not long after the 2013 British and Irish Lions squad was announced, I received this email from a well-informed England supporter: ‘‘The two best players in their position left behind [Andrew...

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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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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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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.

Henry in Pumas' corner shows coaches transcend nationality

Spiro Zavos THE main Wellington newspaper, The Dominion Post, had a killer photo on its main sports page this week.

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Myopic Deans bashers reveal the ugly head of xenophobia

Robbie Deans

Spiro Zavos THIS week a xenophobic antagonism towards Robbie Deans has emerged in mainstream media. It is being asserted publicly that a New Zealander - and an All Black to boot - can't be trusted to coach the...

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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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Hot air over depth of Australian conference neglects cold hard facts

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Spiro Zavos PHIL KEARNS talked about it on the Rugby Club. John Plumtree, the New Zealand-born coach of the Sharks, says the same thing.

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State of the union gets a clean bill of health

Spiro Zavos WHEN the 2.285 million strong People's Liberation Army of China designated rugby as one of its 10 core sports, I was told by the chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union, Rob Fisher, that officials...

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Will the real Waratahs please stand up … only with a new coach and playmaker

Spiro Zavos INSIDE the Waratahs is a good team waiting to come to life. If this team, the good Waratahs, manages to emerge tonight for 80 minutes at Allianz Stadium, the rampant Hurricanes could be in for a...

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