Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

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Conference call: closeness a sign of competition's growing strength

Ewen McKenzie I was asked on New Zealand radio yesterday about the relative strength of the Australian conference compared to the rest.

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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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No surprise to me that Beale is a trump at No.10

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Ewen McKenzie It's always interesting to note what the perception is and what is written in the public domain. More often than not there is such haste and enthusiasm to announce the next big thing that sometimes...

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

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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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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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Times change, but Republic always alluring

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Ewen McKenzie Having just arrived in South Africa with the Reds, the flight over here gave me the opportunity to reflect on 19 years of visiting the Republic and how times have changed.

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Crouch, touch, pause... audience disengaged

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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New finals system not so Super

Ewen McKenzie Welcome to Super Rugby - conference style. We are sounding a little bit more American as the years pass but there is no doubt rugby has borrowed from the best in producing the latest international...

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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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