Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

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Big game hunting takes on new meaning for Reds' adventure in Africa

Ewen McKenzie In theory, the Reds are about to embark upon their most ''stable'' period of this year's Super Rugby tournament in the sense that we are preparing to play three South African teams in a row.

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Quitting the Reds and chasing the Wallabies job - it's all about the timing

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 01:  Reds coach Ewen McKenzie talks to players before the start of the round three Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Hurricanes at Suncorp Stadium on March 1, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Ewen McKenzie We're two days on and what does the rugby landscape in Australia look like? Much the same as it was before. Everyone is still coaching and trying to get their teams into the best position for success.

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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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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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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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Tough task in finals but there's no certainties

Ewen McKenzie This year's Super Rugby competition is the first time in my memory that the finals contenders were determined one round before the regular season finished.

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Smith situation leaves ARU facing tough questions

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Ewen McKenzie The topic of George Smith playing against the Lions in June has dominated the news for some time. I think George is a freakish player who has stood the test of time.

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Super Rugby, the game they play in transit lounges

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Ewen McKenzie One of the more important but often unseen aspects of Super Rugby is the amount of pure logistics involved.

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Ghosts of '92 stalk Newlands

Ewen McKenzie Table Top Mountain is a prominent landmark that dominates life here in Cape Town. It's so damn big that the locals will never have to worry about finding a house with mountain views as you can't help...

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Notes on an aeroplane sick bag: when travel woes build team character

Ewen McKenzie The players took to whistling the tune of The Great Escape during a marathon trip home from South Africa that even American movie action hero Steve McQueen would have been proud of.

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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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No surprise to me that Beale is a trump at No.10

Ewen McKenzie It's always interesting to note what the perception is and what is written in the public domain. More often than not there is such haste and enthusiasm to announce the next big thing that sometimes...

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Brumbies hard to beat on home turf and tough to pin down in own half

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Ewen McKenzie It will be disappointing to see anything but a massive crowd at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night when we lock horns with Australian conference leaders, the Brumbies.

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Dealing with disrupted preparations a tough balancing act

Ewen McKenzie The Super Rugby competition returns after its first mid-season hibernation and its impact remains to be seen.

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Wave the wand for these magicians

Ewen McKenzie In each decade that passes there are hundreds of talented rugby players taking the field but only a select few are considered great.

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Onus on winning, not bonus points

Ewen McKenzie There has been plenty of commentary this week about bonus points and the impact they are having on the Reds.

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Super roller-coaster about to become whole new ball game

Ewen McKenzie The round-robin stage of the Super Rugby competition has ended and, as happens each season, the competition standings were not determined until the very end.

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