Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

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Smith situation leaves ARU facing tough questions

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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Brumbies hard to beat on home turf and tough to pin down in own half

Ewen McKenzie It will be disappointing to see anything but a massive crowd at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night when we lock horns with Australian conference leaders, the Brumbies.

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Dealing with disrupted preparations a tough balancing act

Ewen McKenzie The Super Rugby competition returns after its first mid-season hibernation and its impact remains to be seen.

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Wave the wand for these magicians

Ewen McKenzie In each decade that passes there are hundreds of talented rugby players taking the field but only a select few are considered great.

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Onus on winning, not bonus points

Ewen McKenzie There has been plenty of commentary this week about bonus points and the impact they are having on the Reds.

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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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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

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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Tough calls need to be made, on or off the phone

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Ewen McKenzie Only a week ago I was having my umpteenth meeting with Will Genia and/or his manager trying to sort out our negotiations.

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

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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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