John Eales

John Eales

Rugby

Finding glimmers of hope means not everything is all black

John Eales It may be correct to say that losers look for victories within losses, but when your card is marked against such a dominant force as the All Blacks then you have to start somewhere.

Rugby

A win only a mother could love

John Eales

John Eales There would have been less fist pumping than there was relief in the Wallabies' changing room at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night. But never has a win against Argentina been more crucial than this one.

Rugby

Time to go back to basics, boys

John Eales Sometimes leaders have to ask very tough questions of their team, their tactics and themselves. It's perhaps a little trite to draw comparisons between the labour of the Wallabies and the Australian...

Rugby

Wallabies much improved but a lot more tinkering to do

John Eales On a spectrum of emotions, anger and disappointment – while cousins on the grimmer side of the curve – are quite different sentiments.

Rugby

Extinguish aura of invincibility

John Eales If your happiness was correlated with the number of winning teams led by Richie McCaw, then you wouldn't wear too many frowns.

Rugby

Brumbies' story not over

John Eales Unfortunately, decades from now when buffs trawl through the annals of the 2013 season, the Chiefs’ 27-22 victory in Saturday’s Super Rugby grand final won’t begin to capture the season’s story.

Rugby

McKenzie only gets one chance

John Eales It's a bit of a trite saying, and it features in countless management texts, but you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

Rugby

OK, we lost, but look around you

John Eales As if the Brits didn't have enough to be joyful about with the imminent arrival of the royal baby and an avalanche of favouritism heading into the Ashes Tests, they now also get to fill their cups...

Rugby

Act 3, Scene 1, change room, where mental fight precedes physical

John Eales WHEN the clock strikes 8pm on Saturday, James Horwill will lead the Wallabies from their change room at ANZ Stadium for the series decider. Alun Wyn Jones will do the same for the Lions.

Rugby Union

Challenge now between the ears

John Eales In golf, there's a saying: "You don't draw a picture on the scorecard". It's usually in response to an ugly shot that has a Prince Charming ending.

Rugby

Big game, big moments, big heartache

John Eales Big sport is about big-time players making and taking big moments. And the moments don't come any bigger than Brisbane's stage on Saturday night against the Lions.

Rugby

Quick brains needed to fast-foot it with lucid Lions

John Eales Joel Goldberg, a former psychological and recruitment assessor for the New York Giants and New Jersey Nets, maintains that among the most important assessable attributes of an athlete are fast feet...

Rugby

A respectful roar for the Lions

John Eales There is fine line between good-natured banter and offensive taunts, writes former Wallaby captain John Eales.

Rugby

Tale of Tahs, Brumbies and ... Wallabies

John Eales Know your story, tell it well and tell it often.

Rugby

Drug use by role models is ruinous

John Eales Elite sport must judge itself by a higher standard than that by which society judges itself.

Rugby

Dilemma putting a Smith up against the Jones boys

John Eales Fifteen reds, 10 whites, nine greens and only three blues. No Jonny Wilkinson either, but no real surprise there, although sentiment can sometimes trump realism, age and form when picking a team...

Rugby

For Reds and Brumbies, fortune's in their own hands

John Eales Having filled out many lengthy health insurance questionnaires I'm surprised they don't ask which sports team you follow.

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Speed trumps precision in Reds v Brumbies

John Eales The expressions on the players' faces at the end of the Reds and Brumbies 19-all draw on Saturday night revealed neither joy nor relief, or even a hint of satisfaction.

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What rugby union can learn from league

John Eales In the 1970s, although he never specified any particular hierarchy, one of the old Marist Brothers at my school used to list three evils in the world: rugby league, communism and Christian Brothers.

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Don’t believe the romantic myths of rugby consistency

John Eales The conception of romance is subjective. A common man’s view may suggest it is conceived with dessert and what happens there afterwards whereas, a woman’s view will invoke the aperitifs, entrée, main...