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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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It never harms to see the same situation from both viewpoints Neil. Think about it – would DR really junk Taniela and AAA because Kyle Sinckler is available?

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Exactly – you have to live your life as well as play rugby (or any game for that matter). 😊

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Fair enough Jez 👍

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Yes he has, and you sense that his gains won’t be washed away by a run of bad form or bit of adversity…

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

…and harder to abandon an entrenched viewpoint!

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

I don’t see how Sinck. Kerevi can everything Manu can and he kicks, communicates well and makes decisions to support his 10.

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Even the Reds B/R is tough to qualify for, esp if Wright plays 6.

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Jamie is a bit of a Renaissance Man and one of the few UK players who seem happy to travel and play in other settings 👍

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

We should meet for a beer or two (no braai though)!

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Don’t forget Locky McC!

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Cheers H 👍

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

DC very much his own man, EJ don’t like to be crossed 😱

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

But if he doesn’t fit the pattern EJ wants to play, it’s problematic – all we can really be sure of is that Ford and Smith won’t be playing in partnership 😁

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Hard one to answer, Mark Atkinson prob the simplest solution…

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

I am sure there will be plenty of those around July Bob! Let’s hope the WBs don’t disappear from the selection equation!

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

I wouldn’t see Smith-Valetini working the same way. Dombrandt and Smith are both footballers and risk-takers and they play on the same wavelength, Bobby more of a forward’s forward!

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Yes I’d agree with Bob below that size isn’t important, George Ford for example is small but has become an effective defender. Smith will prob have his own bumps in the road but I think he’ll make a top quality international…

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Yes indeed Hazza, will be fascinating to see whether Ford has any real function in the squad!

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

He could go with the Smith, Slade, Marchant line-up that went for 73 mins against the Boks.

Maybe – but I suspect it would give Eddie heart palpitations to go with that combo.

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Chas and Dave?? Now you are showing your age! We can always retaliate by exhuming Max Boyce.

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Torygraph comments section was okay for a while but then went downhill at speed. 😔

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Excellent background reading, thanks JN!

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Nobody on the planet is better than ASY – ask Rhys Bosley! 😂

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Impossible to avoid that particular risk MK…

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

So sadly true.

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

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