John Eales

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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 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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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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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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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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Wallabies much improved but a lot more tinkering to do

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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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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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Efficiency gains get leaders over the line

John Eales When teams glow they combine high energy and efficiency, and both are equally important. It was just that combination which sparked the Reds championship last year and which has likewise shot the...

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Talent makes up for perceived lack of depth

John Eales Sometimes there are moments in a game that set the theme, other times there are moments which completely turn a game on its head.

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Forget the maths, Beale's the standout number

John Eales It seems to be that time of year when Super Rugby coaches turn to their ability as mathematicians as much as their knowledge of rugby.

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Test break will reveal Super management skills

John Eales "We're just going to take it one week at a time, mate.” It's the oldest of adages in sport – cliched, yes, but also relevant, although perhaps not as relevant as it used to be with the...

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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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Of Michael Foley and the folly of public reviews

John Eales It is amazing, but hardly surprising, that in a week where the NSW Waratahs were the only Australian franchise not playing they still captured most attention.

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Brumbies sitting high on the ladder to success

John Eales Australia's top seed going into the Super Rugby finals, and perhaps our only seed, will probably be the Brumbies.

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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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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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