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

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''.

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

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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...

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

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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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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...

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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Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies squad designed to win Tests and public's hearts and minds

Fairfax Media writer

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

Numbers right and Izzy should start for Wallabies

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Spiro Zavos IT'S probably a journalistic instinct to preserve a thought but I often find myself scribbling notes as the rugby play surges on before me.

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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

Chewing over the details, Wallabies due a break

Spiro Zavos SEVERAL decades ago, about 6am on a Saturday in winter, I was woken from my sleep by a telephone call from ABC Radio. They wanted to talk to me immediately about that day's Bledisloe Cup Test.

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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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Rugby

Hooper's shining example points to bright future with Wallabies

Spiro Zavos MICHAEL Hooper is the Wallabies' template for future success.

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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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Mr Carlton, please note: the Wallabies are not the Waratahs

Spiro Zavos READERS of last Saturday's Herald might have been surprised to find in the news section of the paper a self-described ''traitorous'' rugby opinion piece by Mike Carlton.

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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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Thrilling Super Rugby final and Waratahs' success fire up rugby league's propagandists

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Spiro Zavos The brilliant rugby of the 2014 Super Rugby final and the rolling roars from the crowd, the largest to watch the Waratahs in Sydney since 1907, revived memories from the dusty pages of newspapers of...

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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.