John Eales

John Eales

Opinion

Not perfect, but Wallabies show signs of improvement

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John Eales In Australian sport there are a few coaches who transcend their codes. Wayne Bennett is one, Rod Macqueen another, Ric Charlesworth actually moved between codes, and in AFL, Kevin Sheedy fits the...

John Eales

Speed trumps precision in Reds v Brumbies

John Eales The expressions on the players' faces at the end of the Reds and Brumbies 19-all draw on Saturday night revealed neither joy nor relief, or even a hint of satisfaction.

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Rugby

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.

Rugby

Big game, big moments, big heartache

John Eales Big sport is about big-time players making and taking big moments. And the moments don't come any bigger than Brisbane's stage on Saturday night against the Lions.

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Rugby Union

Challenge now between the ears

John Eales In golf, there's a saying: "You don't draw a picture on the scorecard". It's usually in response to an ugly shot that has a Prince Charming ending.

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Rugby

Act 3, Scene 1, change room, where mental fight precedes physical

John Eales WHEN the clock strikes 8pm on Saturday, James Horwill will lead the Wallabies from their change room at ANZ Stadium for the series decider. Alun Wyn Jones will do the same for the Lions.

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Hooper a lesson in timing and how to think

John Eales My father was a schoolteacher by trade, which was great if you wanted to be able to read before you went to school but not so good if you wanted to dodge discipline because he knew every excuse.

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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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It's a brave Wallabies fan who scoffs at Scotland

John Eales Just under 12 months ago, as the Wallabies prepared for their opening Test of the year against Samoa, our 1991 World Cup winning team held a 20-year reunion.

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Mrs Barnes delivers, and so does her hubby

John Eales The human mind can make for a cantankerous companion, confounding when it may liberate and liberating when you think it may consternate or even collapse.

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