John Eales

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HK Sevens party kitted up for Olympic status

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John Eales What do animal cloning and rugby Sevens have in common? It’s not a vet pharmacologist, it’s that they both originated in Scotland: cloning through Dolly the sheep; and Sevens in Melrose in 1883.

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Team culture and the 'we, me' call to arms

John Eales A friend of mine believes that all boys need are cuddles, a kick up the backside and food – but he doesn’t indicate how much of each and in what order.

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Rugby

Waratahs need to get priorities right

John Eales Do old habits die hard or are new habits just so hard to form? Is there a difference? One thing’s for sure, if you have to break an old habit to move to a desired habit it’s compounded and probably...

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A great coach needs more than just winning ways

John Eales Despite at times vastly different personalities, the best coaches are typically more similar than they are different – they have to be.

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Ref cam, a new view on rugby

John Eales There used to be a saying among Parisians that the best view of Paris was from La Tour Eiffel. This wasn't hatched as praise for the magnificence of Gustave Eiffel's creation for the 1889 World's...

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Kicking off is the easy bit

John Eales Years ago, as I scratched for some advice after a friend's break-up, I said: "Mate, it's not the one you start with that counts, it's the one you end up with that matters.

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Critical misjudgments cost Wallabies famous win

John Eales One of the tributes at a mate’s 50th on Friday night suggested there was just one glass of wine between him being boring and being interesting – although it wasn’t clear who should be the one to...

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Different strategy needed against All Blacks

John Eales There were two really important victories for Australian rugby over the weekend, both cliffhangers. The first occurred in Auckland, where the Australian Schoolboys, in a composed and expansive...

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Why high altitude is no place for a bad attitude

John Eales It's been a tough week for the Wallabies. A lot tougher than it should have been, even considering it doesn't get much harder than playing the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld, a venue where they have...

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Pumas show commitment is in their DNA

John Eales If you were to construct the perfect rugby team, they would play with the everlasting commitment of the Argentinian Pumas.

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Opinion

Not perfect, but Wallabies show signs of improvement

John Eales In Australian sport there are a few coaches who transcend their codes. Wayne Bennett is one, Rod Macqueen another, Ric Charlesworth actually moved between codes, and in AFL, Kevin Sheedy fits the...

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When courage is not enough

John Eales Before the Eden Park Bledisloe Test in Auckland at the weekend the All Blacks reverted to their own haka, Kapa O Pango.

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How the Wallabies can bounce back

John Eales So Robbie Deans and the Wallabies have just seven days to turn around an eight-point deficit. From some of their comments after the disappointing 27-19 loss to the All Blacks in the opening match of...

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Thoughts on a plane, heart in Brisbane

John Eales 4.10pm Saturday, July 21: QF1 departs for London.

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Reds confident at the pointy end of the season

John Eales Former hard-as-nails Wallaby and now dentist Brendan Nasser, who Gordon Bray described as having corpses in his dental chair, once told me that he never misses a Queensland Reds game live.

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Brumbies sitting high on the ladder to success

John Eales Australia's top seed going into the Super Rugby finals, and perhaps our only seed, will probably be the Brumbies.

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Of Michael Foley and the folly of public reviews

John Eales It is amazing, but hardly surprising, that in a week where the NSW Waratahs were the only Australian franchise not playing they still captured most attention.

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Poetic justice: Welsh show Kiplingesque courage

John Eales There's no downhill in sport, progress is continually uphill. Just because the Wallabies had sealed the series against Wales after game two didn't mean they would relax.

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Mrs Barnes delivers, and so does her hubby

John Eales The human mind can make for a cantankerous companion, confounding when it may liberate and liberating when you think it may consternate or even collapse.

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It's a brave Wallabies fan who scoffs at Scotland

John Eales Just under 12 months ago, as the Wallabies prepared for their opening Test of the year against Samoa, our 1991 World Cup winning team held a 20-year reunion.

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