Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

Reputations on the line and emotions again at fever pitch for battle between old foes

Ewen McKenzie In 1882, a Queensland team first took on NSW in a two-match rugby union series before the Queensland Rugby Union was officially formed at Brisbane's Exchange Hotel on November 2, 1883.

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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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From boys to men, the selector's axe still stings

Ewen McKenzie Remember back at school when the PE teacher would pick two students, make them captains and ask them to choose two teams? This moment is one of fear and trepidation for the remainder of the class.

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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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Ghosts of '92 stalk Newlands

Ewen McKenzie Table Top Mountain is a prominent landmark that dominates life here in Cape Town. It's so damn big that the locals will never have to worry about finding a house with mountain views as you can't help...

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Notes on an aeroplane sick bag: when travel woes build team character

Ewen McKenzie The players took to whistling the tune of The Great Escape during a marathon trip home from South Africa that even American movie action hero Steve McQueen would have been proud of.

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Queensland ambush in place for the busy tourists

Ewen McKenzie This weekend will be my third experience against the British and Irish Lions and it's great to see our current players share a level of passion and excitement that has carried across many decades.

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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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Bigger picture can consume head coaches

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Ewen McKenzie It is not automatic that a good player makes a good coach. Nor does a good coach have to have been a standout player.

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What I've learned about grand finals

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Ewen McKenzie Many people subscribe to the theory that you must lose a final before you can win one. I am not one of those people.

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Forget Quade for a minute - here's to the unsung heroes

Ewen McKenzie Stars like Quade Cooper get all the attention - it's time to dip our lids to the unsung heroes that every team needs.

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Winning is imperative but it's not everything

Ewen McKenzie Winning is definitely an important part of elite sport but capturing the hearts and minds of the next generation of players and fans is critical.

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Union can get its kicks from league

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Ewen McKenzie There is always discussion around the volume of kicking in the Super Rugby competition. On the surface, most people equate more kicking with the game being less interesting.

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