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Nicholas Bishop

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George Smith still rates among world rugby’s best

George Smith still rates among world rugby's best

6 days ago

Today we will be studying maths. First question: what do these numbers have in common: 164, 142, 110, 105. Just to give another clue, here’s one more set: 117, 111, 32, 67.

England are going flat in attack under Eddie Jones

England are going flat in attack under Eddie Jones

15 Feb 2017

They say that a champion can be pushed to the edge of the cliff, but it is quite another task to tip them over. This is the stage that England have reached on their current 16-match unbeaten run.

Why Scotland’s Lions will roar in New Zealand

Why Scotland’s Lions will roar in New Zealand

7 Feb 2017

Since the professional era of rugby union took its first tottering steps in the Northern Hemisphere back in 1995, Scotland has suffered some of the unkindest cuts of all.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics: How analysis and stats are moving ever further apart

Lies, damned lies, and statistics: How analysis and stats are moving ever further apart

1 Feb 2017

During the production of our book The Iron Curtain: My rugby journey from league to union, Phil Larder, England’s defence coach for the World Cup winning team in 2003, told me a very funny story.

How will England’s small men stand up in the Six Nations?

How will England’s small men stand up in the Six Nations?

25 Jan 2017

Zero tolerance. Those are the buzzwords for the new tackle law interpretations. Zero tolerance for high shots – a policy, if consistently implemented, that stands to change the game radically over the next 12 months.

What does the future hold for the Wallabies’ scrum?

What does the future hold for the Wallabies' scrum?

18 Jan 2017

Historically, the set scrum has always been regarded as the Achilles heel of the Australian team in the Northern Hemisphere. For every ‘Topo’ Rodriguez, Andy McIntyre and Richard Harry Australia has produced, there have been two or three Matt Dunnings, Guy Shepherdsons and Al Baxters.