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Nicholas Bishop

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Nick Bishop has worked as a rugby analyst and advisor to Graham Henry (1999-2003), Mike Ruddock (2004-2005) and most recently Stuart Lancaster (2011-2015). He also worked on the 2001 British & Irish Lions tour to Australia and produced his first rugby book with Graham Henry at the end of the tour. Three more rugby books have followed, all of which of have either been nominated for or won national sports book awards. Nick’s latest is a biography of Phil Larder, the first top Rugby League coach to successfully transfer over to Union, entitled “The Iron Curtain”. He is currently writing articles for The Roar and The Rugby Site, and working as a strategy consultant to Stuart Lancaster and the Leinster coaching staff for their European and Pro 14 playoff matches. Leinster achieved the double of European Champions Cup and Pro 14 league winners in 2018. They repeated their Pro 14 win in 2019 and finished runners-up to Saracens in Europe.

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In the old days there were more scrums and lineouts than rucks. At the 1987 WC the averages were 77 set-pieces v 50 rucks per game. By 2019 that had changed to 39 set-pieces v 164 rucks. The game is still alive between rucks, but isn’t between scrums and lineouts.

That translates to about 10 mins extra ball in play, which is a massive amount of time.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

I will add that ball in play time is now about two and half times greater what it was at the first WC back in 1987.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

That suspicion has been present Fin – natural to a degree as he knows his Brumbies players best (but it does have to wear off in time)…

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Thanks Who. Yes Ben Mowen was a great lineout leader and thinker, one of the best produced by Aussie in recent times…

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

You’re misunderstanding. Like all coaches, DR has a plan in mind – and it’s not the same one used by the Reds. The Crusaders plan has always been the backbone of the ABs.

But I don’t really understand your crits anyway, as DR has given all the Reds forwards bar Fotuaika, Blyth and ASY a shot, has he not?

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

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How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Looks like a diff sort of player to Ikitau but I’m sure he’ll get game time…

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

No not me! I think Carlos said that he had done some, at least he talks like an ex-ref 😊

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

That would make me a “new” South Welshman SMI!

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Is that really your impression of Hunter David? He likes contact for sure, but I think he can recognize an arm when he sees it….

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

yep world rugby needs a good annual contest in Australasia for sure, and that has gone missing in recent times…

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Soul soil is very good for growth of all kinds!

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

I think he’ll find it hard to get a foot in the door Yabster, not sure he is Dan McKellar’s cup of tea!

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Thanks Fin.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Ofc 😁

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

In that case, he needs to prove it to DR!

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

I think the situation still sounds unresolved from that article AJ.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Wilson as the main ball-carrier was often set out of shorter lines, and the main ball-winners (from memory) were Lukhan and Angus Scott-Young.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Quade and Samu not touring? Is that confirmed?

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Agreed on all points WB 👍

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

The rapid and constant replacement of assistant coaches tells you a story Fin. It’s Eddie’s way or the highway, and (without being a party to the internal politics) I doubt all the coaches left on convivial terms, or at the natural end of their cycle. The current appointments suggest a lack of options.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

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How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

yep and Hoops has gotten better at that too!

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

That (Smith-Tuilagi-Slade) feels more natural Obs, but Faz has a huge influence on the team culture.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

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