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Everything you ever wanted to know about Ewen McKenzie

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Born in Melbourne on 21 June 1965 Ewen McKenzie has developed an impressive CV as both a player and a coach over the past 26 years.

Earning 51 Test caps as a Wallaby between 1990 and 1997 McKenzie was a member of the victorious 1991 Rugby World Cup winning side forming one of the most formidable front row combinations with Tony Daley and Phil Kearns.

At state level he was capped 37 times for NSW between 1987 and 1995 and another 24 times for the Brumbies at Super Rugby level between 1996 and 1997, including an appearance in the Brumbies 1997 Super 12 final loss to the Blues.

Following his retirement from playing in 1997 McKenzie took up the role of Coaching Co-ordinator at the Brumbies. His two year stint at the Canberra based franchise included a Super 12 semi-final.

In 2000 McKenzie moved into the Wallabies coaching staff as an Assistant Coach and Coaching Co-ordinator to both Rod Macqueen and Eddie Jones between 2000 and 2003.

He also served as a National Selector during this time as Wallabies Assistant Coach. While a part of the Wallabies framework McKenzie enjoyed a number successes including two Tri-Nations titles, an historic series victory against the British & Irish Lions and two Bledisloe Cup series triumphs.

McKenzie was also the Wallabies Assistant Coach at the 2003 RWC where Australia lost the final in extra time thanks to England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson’s field goal.

In November 2003 McKenzie succeeded Bob Dwyer as Head Coach of the Waratahs. Two years later he led the team to the 2005 Super 12 final. The following year he steered the side to the 2006 semi-final and two years later took the Waratahs to the 2008 final. He remains the Waratahs’ longest serving coach. During his time at the Waratahs, McKenzie also took on the role of Australia A coach for the 2005 season.

After finishing up with the Waratahs at the end of 2008, McKenzie travelled to France, taking up the Head Coaching position at Stade Francais where he led the side to the Top 14 semi- final in his first and only year at the club.

In 2010 he joined the Queensland Reds where he steered the team to fifth place, their highest finish since 2002. In 2011 McKenzie enjoyed the ultimate success as a coach, guiding the Reds to their first Super Rugby Championship in the professional era. The Super Rugby title came after the Reds finished the regular season on top of the competition ladder with 13 victories and just three losses. In 2012 McKenzie again led the Reds to the top of the Australian Conference and the Super Rugby finals. 

In his first three years at the helm, McKenzie contributed to the Reds winning every piece of available major silverware. The only trophy to elude the team during his opening two seasons in charge– the Rod Macqueen Cup – made its way to Queensland for the first time in 2012.

Two successive victories over the Brumbies were the catalyst behind the Reds’ 2012 success as they again dominated their Australian rivals, winning seven of their eight matches against domestic opposition. Among other firsts, the Reds also claimed their maiden win at Eden Park against the Blues.

A product of Scotch College, Melbourne, Ewen McKenzie was the second born and bred Victorian to represent Australia after the great Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop. He also has a degree in Town Planning.

Coaching Appointments:
Qantas Wallabies Coach – 2013 -
Director of Coaching, Queensland Reds – 2013
Head Coach, Queensland Reds – 2010 - 2012
Head Coach, Stade Francais – 2009
Head Coach, Australia A – 2005
Head Coach, Waratahs – 2003 - 2008
Assistant Coach/Coaching Coordinator, Wallabies – 2000 - 2003
Coaching Coordinator, ACT Brumbies – 1998 - 2000

Coaching Achievements:
Super Rugby Australian Conference Winners – 2011 - 2012 (Queensland Reds)
Super Rugby Championship – 2011 (Queensland Reds)
France Top 14 Semi-Finalists – 2009 (Stade Francais)
Super Rugby Semi-Finalists – 2006 (Waratahs)
Super Rugby Finalists – 2005 and 2008 (Waratahs)
Rugby World Cup Finalist – 2003 (Wallabies)
British & Irish Lions Series Winners – 2001 (Wallabies)
Tri Nations Winners – 2000 and 2001 (Wallabies)
Bledisloe Cup Winners – 2000 and 2001 (Wallabies)
Super Rugby Finalists – 2000 (Brumbies)

Playing Career:
Australia (1988-1997)
World XV (1992)
NSW Waratahs (1987-1995)
ACT Brumbies (1996-1997)
Harlequins (Melbourne)
Paris University