Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

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Folau in front seat on one fickle rollercoaster

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Ewen McKenzie Seven days is a long time in rugby and a lot can happen to turn around a team's performance. It's even longer in the world of the media and there are two stories which have stuck in my mind from the...

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It's question time but the answers could be a way off

Ewen McKenzie We are three rounds into the competition, which means we've hit the time of the season where questions are asked of everyone and everything. Nothing is immune to scrutiny.

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Quitting the Reds and chasing the Wallabies job - it's all about the timing

Ewen McKenzie We're two days on and what does the rugby landscape in Australia look like? Much the same as it was before. Everyone is still coaching and trying to get their teams into the best position for success.

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Quitting the Reds and chasing the Wallabies job - it's all about the timing

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 01:  Reds coach Ewen McKenzie talks to players before the start of the round three Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Hurricanes at Suncorp Stadium on March 1, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Ewen McKenzie We're two days on and what does the rugby landscape in Australia look like? Much the same as it was before. Everyone is still coaching and trying to get their teams into the best position for success.

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Waratahs want to run? We've been doing it for years

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Ewen McKenzie The bye week has finally come around for the Reds and we'll use it as a chance to gain some well-earned rest but also as an opportunity to reflect and look around.

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Playing such a tough game we have to touch and engage

Ewen McKenzie To positively influence performance, it's important to recognise the contribution made by individuals to the team on and off the field.

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'Mucks' killing the ball and the game

Ewen McKenzie Former Wallabies centre Andrew Slack asked me about the offside situation in our game and how he had observed that there was an issue in this space at this time.

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Smith situation leaves ARU facing tough questions

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Ewen McKenzie The topic of George Smith playing against the Lions in June has dominated the news for some time. I think George is a freakish player who has stood the test of time.

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Super Rugby, the game they play in transit lounges

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Ewen McKenzie One of the more important but often unseen aspects of Super Rugby is the amount of pure logistics involved.

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Tough task in finals but there's no certainties

Ewen McKenzie This year's Super Rugby competition is the first time in my memory that the finals contenders were determined one round before the regular season finished.

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There's only one set of stats that count at the end, the scoreline

Ewen McKenzie The importance of a fast start was never more prominent than in the Super Rugby qualifying finals last weekend.

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The smart money is not on fast money in rugby

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Ewen McKenzie Professional rugby player movement decisions always bring to the spotlight the debate about club loyalty and the rights of players to do the best by themselves financially.

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Crouch, touch, pause... audience disengaged

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Ewen McKenzie Unlocking the scrum collapse has been a topic I have been avoiding due to the technical complexities of the task.

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Another pina colada thanks, but we're drinking to a fine vintage for Reds

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Ewen McKenzie So I am led to believe that we are going to be ''hunted" this year. The Queensland Reds are going to be targeted, while also being so riddled with complacency and the good life that they are...

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Reds will handle both the truth and perceptions

Ewen McKenzie The power of perception in rugby is massive. It's so powerful that as a coach you need to deal with perception as if it is reality.

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Early results no easy feat

Ewen McKenzie Getting results at the front end of the season is always a complicated process. That we’re enjoying our best start to a Super Rugby campaign since 1999 by winning our opening two games proves just...

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Officials need to play their cards right to end cynical play

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Ewen McKenzie As a coach it's hard not to go back and analyse key moments of a match which influence the overall outcome or rhythm of a game.

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Injuries an occupational hazard in modern game

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Ewen McKenzie I was recently chatting to a good mate of mine, Simon from ruckingoodstats.com, about all things rugby, and we drifted onto the topic of injuries.

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Familiarity breeds content for Reds

Ewen McKenzie Success has a thousand fathers and failure is an orphan. Never have truer words been uttered as cumulative losses build an intensity and focus on our 2012 campaign.

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Referees must get penalty ratio right in defence and attack to promote attractive rugby and reward adventure

Ewen McKenzie When you become the first team to hold the Crusaders tryless in Christchurch since 2000, it is difficult to understand why the statistic did not come with a memorable win.

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