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Rugby

Israel Folau man to watch in Waratahs' running of the Bulls

Spiro Zavos The "Easter Special" marketing for Saturday night's Waratahs-Bulls match at Allianz Stadium features a photograph of a smiling Israel Folau charging down the field on his way to another splendid try.

Rugby

Waratahs to battle rising Force to decide who are conference's top dogs

Fairfax Media writer

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.

Rugby

Outrage over Michael Cheika’s 'choice words' confected but Waratahs must get smart

Spiro Zavos Only hours after the Waratahs lost a fiery, bad-tempered Super Rugby match against the Sharks, I received this email: "The Waratahs need to have a serious look at themselves with regard to...

Rugby

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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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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Bring back Campo: Waratahs' back line could do with some help

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Spiro Zavos Let's have more afternoon Super Rugby matches, please. It was just like old times on Sunday walking down Moore Park Road to the ground to watch the Waratahs play the Crusaders.

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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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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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Hardy times: Waratahs' slapstick routine no laughing matter

Spiro Zavos WHAT a fine mess the Waratahs franchise is in. The team manager, Chris Webb, has resigned. The coach, Michael Foley, has defected to a rival franchise.

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Cheika ready to lead the Waratahs to glory

Spiro Zavos ACCORDING to blink theory, first impressions are often the truest impressions. The first time I met Michael Cheika, the new coach of the Waratahs, was at Manuka Oval decades ago.

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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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Waratahs prove winning smart beats winning ugly any day

Spiro Zavos THE greatest spectacle in rugby is the ensemble try, especially when it is scored to win the match. This is rugby as a great orchestra in full, soaring voice.

Rugby

SANZAR's insistence on local referees is skewing results

Fairfax Media writer

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.

Rugby

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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Rugby

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.

Rugby

SANZAR takes eyes off the ball in global Super Rugby push

Spiro Zavos The quest for an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016 involves a weird combination of Waiting For Godot and herding cats.

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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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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

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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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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