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Spiro ZavosSpiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos (born in Wellington, New Zealand of Greek immigrant parents) is an Australasian historian, philosopher, journalist and writer. He also played one first-class cricket match for Wellington in the 1958-59 season.

After gaining a Bachelor of Arts from the Victoria University of Wellington, Zavos taught history at St Patrick's College.

In 1967, Zavos gained a Master of Arts (Education) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. It was then that he moved into journalism, working as a reporter at The Dominion newspaper in Wellington (now amalgamated into The Dominion Post). In 1976 he shared the New Zealand Feature Writer of the Year award with fellow journalist Warwick Roger, won for a series on New Zealand under Prime Minister Robert Muldoon.

The following year Zavos moved to Australia. In 1978 he was awarded the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship and spent a year in Menton, France writing a collection of autobiographical short stories, which he later published under the title Faith of Our Fathers.

In 1979 he became an editorial writer on the Sydney Morning Herald, where he would remain until 2000. At the Herald, he also moved into rugby writing. He has written seven books on rugby.


Latest Articles:

Why a win for South Africa will be a win for those who love the game 16/10/07

The Wallabies' dismal performance in going out of the tournament to England in the quarter-finals has elements of a Bermuda Triangle mystery about it. How on earth did it happen?

The Wallabies' scrum had improved, supposedly, to the extent that a scrum was taken against Wales instead of a tap kick. Yet, like the All Blacks' scrum against France, the Wallabies scrum disappeared under a heap of opposition bodies. And then there was the lack of a reaction, except for the occasional swing of the arm from second-rower Daniel Vickerman, to England's counter-rucking.

Yet in this year's Tri-Nations all the sides were counter-rucking madly. Watching a plodding England side with no back-line attack hold France and then take the lead with 10 minutes to go raised the inevitable question - how did the Wallabies contrive to lose to such a pedestrian team? more

It's the quicks v Jonny and his plodders 1/10/07

AFTER giving England a scare for the first 30 minutes of their enthralling "elimination" match, Tonga got tired and careless and gifted "Les Rosbifs" a victory that looked more impressive on the points tally than it was.

The World Cup is a cruel event. Tonga, who played the match of the tournament against South Africa and led England for 30 minutes, are now out of France.

England fancy their chances against the Wallabies because they believe their front five can out-muscle their Wallabies counterparts in the scrums and mauls. more

Ball shape points towards running game 24/9/07

JUST about every aspect of this World Cup has been analysed and commented on over the first three weekends of play - except the way the pointy, plum-shaped Gilbert balls used in the tournament are affecting the way games are being played.

The plum-shaped ball, a throwback to the original ball made by the bootmaker in the town of Rugby, a Mr Gilbert, in the 1850s and 1860s, seems to have a smaller sweet-spot for the kickers. My guess is that there have been more easy penalty kicks missed so far in this tournament than in the whole of the 2003 tournament. more

Latham will make Burke of himself 17/9/07

The gospel about the Rugby World Cup, according to Phil Kearns, a World Cup winner as a Wallaby and now an ebullient rugby commentator, is this: "If they play the World Cup for 1000 years, the All Blacks will always be favourites to win it."

Not win it, which has only happened once, but favourites to win it.

Perhaps 3007 is too far away for us to make predictions. For this year, though, Kearns is right. The All Blacks are favourites, according to the bookmakers. And it's a justifiable favouritism.

In the four years since their 22-10 defeat in Sydney by the Wallabies in the semifinal of the 2003 World Cup, the All Blacks have played 43 Tests for 38 wins. This is one of the great winning streaks in world rugby. more

Spiro Zavos

Why a win for South Africa will be a win for those who love the game 16/10/07
It's the quicks v Jonny and his plodders 1/10/07
Ball shape points towards running game 24/9/07
Latham will make Burke of himself 17/9/07
How to beat the All Blacks 3/9/07
Wallabies not happy campers 3/8/07
Boks captaincy riddle 17/7/07

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