John Eales

John Eales

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Speed trumps precision in Reds v Brumbies

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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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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.

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Reds have elusive formula for success

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09:  Reds players sing their team song after winning the 2011 Super Rugby Grand Final match between the Reds and the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium on July 9, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

John Eales For many, the shortest month of the year has popularly become the month for abstinence from alcohol.

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Reds confident at the pointy end of the season

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John Eales Former hard-as-nails Wallaby and now dentist Brendan Nasser, who Gordon Bray described as having corpses in his dental chair, once told me that he never misses a Queensland Reds game live.

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Wallabies much improved but a lot more tinkering to do

John Eales On a spectrum of emotions, anger and disappointment – while cousins on the grimmer side of the curve – are quite different sentiments.

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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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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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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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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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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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McKenzie only gets one chance

John Eales It's a bit of a trite saying, and it features in countless management texts, but you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

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Thoughts on a plane, heart in Brisbane

John Eales 4.10pm Saturday, July 21: QF1 departs for London.

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Absence of trust lets down a team

John Eales Leadership was not simply on the agenda in Australia this week, it was the agenda. Political leadership that is; even the kids, who usually find politics about as interesting as their homework, were...

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One-eyed view from west of Rottnest

John Eales You can never please everyone. Last week Sharks coach John Plumtree criticised the current conference system of Super Rugby, arguing it is unfair.

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Sharpe's legacy one of technique and influence

John Eales Nathan Sharpe played his 150th game of Super Rugby on Friday night – against the Hurricanes in Perth – more than anyone from any of the three nations: Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, that...

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Tahs have the attitude, now for the excellence

John Eales The Liberal National Party challenger for the seat of Nicklin in the Queensland state election had to effect a 16.

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An hour of daylight may save rugby red faces

John Eales Sunday was officially the end of daylight saving time and most states had to wind back their clocks one hour to standard time.

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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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Force not with Graham when he parted ways

John Eales These days, from both a playing and coaching perspective, loyalty is more fluid than fixed.

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