John Eales

John Eales

Rugby

Waratahs need to get priorities right

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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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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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Tale of Tahs, Brumbies and ... Wallabies

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

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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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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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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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Reds confident at the pointy end of the season

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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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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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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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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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

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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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Rugby

No stars but Brumbies punch above with White

John Eales Through initiatives like Will Anderson's television program, The Gruen Transfer, advertising has become the entertainment rather than just the annoying interlude.

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