John Eales

John Eales

Rugby

Finding glimmers of hope means not everything is all black

John Eales It may be correct to say that losers look for victories within losses, but when your card is marked against such a dominant force as the All Blacks then you have to start somewhere.

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McKenzie only gets one chance

John Eales It's a bit of a trite saying, and it features in countless management texts, but you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

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Brumbies' story not over

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John Eales Unfortunately, decades from now when buffs trawl through the annals of the 2013 season, the Chiefs’ 27-22 victory in Saturday’s Super Rugby grand final won’t begin to capture the season’s story.

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Extinguish aura of invincibility

John Eales If your happiness was correlated with the number of winning teams led by Richie McCaw, then you wouldn't wear too many frowns.

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Wallabies much improved but a lot more tinkering to do

John Eales On a spectrum of emotions, anger and disappointment – while cousins on the grimmer side of the curve – are quite different sentiments.

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Time to go back to basics, boys

John Eales Sometimes leaders have to ask very tough questions of their team, their tactics and themselves. It's perhaps a little trite to draw comparisons between the labour of the Wallabies and the Australian...

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A win only a mother could love

John Eales There would have been less fist pumping than there was relief in the Wallabies' changing room at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night. But never has a win against Argentina been more crucial than this one.

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For Reds and Brumbies, fortune's in their own hands

John Eales Having filled out many lengthy health insurance questionnaires I'm surprised they don't ask which sports team you follow.

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Force not with Graham when he parted ways

John Eales These days, from both a playing and coaching perspective, loyalty is more fluid than fixed.

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Talent makes up for perceived lack of depth

John Eales Sometimes there are moments in a game that set the theme, other times there are moments which completely turn a game on its head.

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Test break will reveal Super management skills

John Eales "We're just going to take it one week at a time, mate.” It's the oldest of adages in sport – cliched, yes, but also relevant, although perhaps not as relevant as it used to be with the...

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Of Michael Foley and the folly of public reviews

John Eales It is amazing, but hardly surprising, that in a week where the NSW Waratahs were the only Australian franchise not playing they still captured most attention.

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A great coach needs more than just winning ways

John Eales Despite at times vastly different personalities, the best coaches are typically more similar than they are different – they have to be.

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Reds have elusive formula for success

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09:  Reds players sing their team song after winning the 2011 Super Rugby Grand Final match between the Reds and the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium on July 9, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

John Eales For many, the shortest month of the year has popularly become the month for abstinence from alcohol.

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