John Eales

John Eales

Rugby

Time to go back to basics, boys

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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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Rugby

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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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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Opinion

Not perfect, but Wallabies show signs of improvement

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...

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Pumas show commitment is in their DNA

John Eales If you were to construct the perfect rugby team, they would play with the everlasting commitment of the Argentinian Pumas.

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Why high altitude is no place for a bad attitude

John Eales It's been a tough week for the Wallabies. A lot tougher than it should have been, even considering it doesn't get much harder than playing the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld, a venue where they have...

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Different strategy needed against All Blacks

John Eales There were two really important victories for Australian rugby over the weekend, both cliffhangers. The first occurred in Auckland, where the Australian Schoolboys, in a composed and expansive...

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Critical misjudgments cost Wallabies famous win

John Eales One of the tributes at a mate’s 50th on Friday night suggested there was just one glass of wine between him being boring and being interesting – although it wasn’t clear who should be the one to...

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Kicking off is the easy bit

John Eales Years ago, as I scratched for some advice after a friend's break-up, I said: "Mate, it's not the one you start with that counts, it's the one you end up with that matters.

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Ref cam, a new view on rugby

John Eales There used to be a saying among Parisians that the best view of Paris was from La Tour Eiffel. This wasn't hatched as praise for the magnificence of Gustave Eiffel's creation for the 1889 World's...

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Rugby

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.

Rugby

Waratahs need to get priorities right

John Eales Do old habits die hard or are new habits just so hard to form? Is there a difference? One thing’s for sure, if you have to break an old habit to move to a desired habit it’s compounded and probably...

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Team culture and the 'we, me' call to arms

John Eales A friend of mine believes that all boys need are cuddles, a kick up the backside and food – but he doesn’t indicate how much of each and in what order.

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HK Sevens party kitted up for Olympic status

John Eales What do animal cloning and rugby Sevens have in common? It’s not a vet pharmacologist, it’s that they both originated in Scotland: cloning through Dolly the sheep; and Sevens in Melrose in 1883.

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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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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

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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Rugby

Tale of Tahs, Brumbies and ... Wallabies

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

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