Posts Tagged "Ewen McKenzie"

Ewen McKenzie is successfully doing the job he was hired to do by cleaning up rugby’s image and the Wallabies’ culture, according to Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver.

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Having posted back-to-back victories in their Spring Tour over Italy and Ireland, the atmosphere inside the Australian camp should be one of confidence and optimism.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has demanded his banished players suck up their disappointment as Australia prepare for one of their “greatest challenges” at Murrayfield.

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Wallabies wildcard Christian Leali’ifano has praised stood-down stalwart Adam Ashley-Cooper’s resolve and character in helping a patched-up backline prepare for their acid test against Scotland.

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Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie has had a bullet-biting week, sacking six of his squad for one game after a boozy night out in Dublin and warning nine others, but the bullet-biting doesn’t finish there.

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The Wallabies have sent home in-form playmaker Matt Toomua from their European tour in another major blow to the strife-torn backline.

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Ewen McKenzie has pulled no punches amid mixed reaction to his hardline decision to suspend six Wallabies including respected veterans Adam Ashley-Cooper, Benn Robinson and Tatafu Polota-Nau.

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The reputations of several Test stars have been unfairly and irreparably damaged in the wake of the Wallabies’ “Guinnessgate” affair, according to Rugby Union Players’ Association boss Greg Harris.

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Publican and former Test prop Bill Young has lamented the demise of an old-fashioned mid-week beer on Wallabies tours.

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Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie has suspended six of his players for a match, and warned nine others after a drinking binge last Tuesday night in Dublin.

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It doesn’t really matter whether you agree with Ewen McKenzie on this one or not. If you’re a Wallabies fan, you’ve got to back him to the hilt.

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The Wallaby culture needs rebuilding and Ewen McKenzie has made the right call in standing down six players for the Test against Scotland.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has scoffed at suggestions of overkill in his decision to sensationally stand down six players for late night drinking on their end-of-season tour.

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You don’t like to crow too early, because everyone calls you a nay sayer and you don’t want to crow too late, because, then you’re just a follower or an urger or an imitator.

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Much is made about the magic of the FA Cup; the romanticism of how a lowly team from Chelmsford can go up against the might of Manchester United in a game people will talk about for years.

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Comparisons between Irish and Australian rugby are many – third (if not fourth) most popular field sport in the country, provincial teams playing in international tournaments, centrally contracted players, we could continue.

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Ewen McKenzie has drawn on memories of Australia’s triumphant 1991 World Cup campaign as a very different Wallabies outfit aims to start winning back credibility at Lansdowne Road.

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When yet another Will Genia box kick went pear-shaped, and Quade Cooper missed a very kickable penalty, the Italians led 10-zip in Turin last night in as many minutes.

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Wallabies wildcard Rob Simmons loves running the ball but even he must prove to teammates he can do the job against Italy.

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Italy coach Jaques Brunel has dismissed Wallabies complaints about refereeing treatment of their struggling scrum as the Azzurri aim to target the tourists’ shaky set-piece in Turin.

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