John Eales

John Eales

Rugby

A great coach needs more than just winning ways

John Eales

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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Don’t believe the romantic myths of rugby consistency

John Eales The conception of romance is subjective. A common man’s view may suggest it is conceived with dessert and what happens there afterwards whereas, a woman’s view will invoke the aperitifs, entrée, main...

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What rugby union can learn from league

John Eales In the 1970s, although he never specified any particular hierarchy, one of the old Marist Brothers at my school used to list three evils in the world: rugby league, communism and Christian Brothers.

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Rugby

Dilemma putting a Smith up against the Jones boys

John Eales Fifteen reds, 10 whites, nine greens and only three blues. No Jonny Wilkinson either, but no real surprise there, although sentiment can sometimes trump realism, age and form when picking a team...

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Tale of Tahs, Brumbies and ... Wallabies

John Eales Know your story, tell it well and tell it often.

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Rugby

Quick brains needed to fast-foot it with lucid Lions

John Eales Joel Goldberg, a former psychological and recruitment assessor for the New York Giants and New Jersey Nets, maintains that among the most important assessable attributes of an athlete are fast feet...

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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

OK, we lost, but look around you

John Eales As if the Brits didn't have enough to be joyful about with the imminent arrival of the royal baby and an avalanche of favouritism heading into the Ashes Tests, they now also get to fill their cups...

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How the Wallabies can bounce back

John Eales So Robbie Deans and the Wallabies have just seven days to turn around an eight-point deficit. From some of their comments after the disappointing 27-19 loss to the All Blacks in the opening match of...

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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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