Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

Bigger picture can consume head coaches

Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie

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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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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Heavy loss will only galvanise Reds

Ewen McKenzie Well I wasn't expecting to be writing about a 60-point loss this week but it does give me an opportunity to put into words a completely new experience in my coaching or playing career.

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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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Scant knowledge can prove to be very dangerous when new players are thrust into high-pressure situations

Ewen McKenzie Waratahs coach Michael Foley made a comment the other day that made me think about what the real expectation was of incorporating new players into a different playing environment.

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Queensland coaching move doesn't mean it's all change at the Reds

Ewen McKenzie There has been a lot of speculation about the Queensland Reds coaching structure for next year and beyond, so it would be remiss of me not to at least clarify a few key points.

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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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