Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

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

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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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Another pina colada thanks, but we're drinking to a fine vintage for Reds

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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Criticism of Queensland's culture was well wide of the mark

Ewen McKenzie One thing I've learnt coaching is that every decision you make is never 100 per cent right or wrong, but the worst thing you can do is be guilty of not making a decision or having no opinion at all.

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Reputations on the line and emotions again at fever pitch for battle between old foes

Ewen McKenzie In 1882, a Queensland team first took on NSW in a two-match rugby union series before the Queensland Rugby Union was officially formed at Brisbane's Exchange Hotel on November 2, 1883.

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Folau in front seat on one fickle rollercoaster

Ewen McKenzie Seven days is a long time in rugby and a lot can happen to turn around a team's performance. It's even longer in the world of the media and there are two stories which have stuck in my mind from the...

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It's question time but the answers could be a way off

Ewen McKenzie We are three rounds into the competition, which means we've hit the time of the season where questions are asked of everyone and everything. Nothing is immune to scrutiny.

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Variety can be a curse or a curve ball when it comes to selection

Ewen McKenzie There are a lot of factors that go into selecting a team and they are not always empirical or scientifically based.

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Joys of turning poison chalice into silverware

Ewen McKenzie Coaching is a constant roller-coaster ride, so there is plenty to be thankful for when I click over the 121-game mark as a head coach-director of coaching in Super Rugby this weekend.

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Waratahs want to run? We've been doing it for years

Ewen McKenzie The bye week has finally come around for the Reds and we'll use it as a chance to gain some well-earned rest but also as an opportunity to reflect and look around.

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Playing such a tough game we have to touch and engage

Ewen McKenzie To positively influence performance, it's important to recognise the contribution made by individuals to the team on and off the field.

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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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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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