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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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Yep he’s a much better analyst than the likes of Squidge and Wibble, so you are looking in the right place H!

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

Thanks for taking the trouble to explain it to the benighted TLN. I think I feel a bit more confident with the terminology now..

Humorous aside that my spell checker tried valiantly to change that to good Shiraz

Now that sounds a much better idea given that it is Friday! 😊

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

EP refs very keen on marching 10 when there’s any backchat at all, good example to set…

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

There we have it – will try to respond to your questions over the weekend if poss…

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

Yes the Blues looked to have that game under control, but the same could have been said when Ireland played Wales back in 2017. Wales had to make over 200 tackles in that game but still won 3 tries to nil and 22 points to 9.

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

It’s pretty rare bird now WL, can’t recall the last time I saw it pinged.

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

That sounds a bit too retro Bludge – at least if you want to finish with 15 blokes on the field!

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

What are them then?

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

You’re a lucky man Miz – enjoy the game!

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

An area of ignorance for me too TLN 👍

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

Yep T missed the part where Bobby V has not been playing. And ofc he still has Will Miller playing 7 despite retirement! 😁

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

Cheers T 👍 im

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

And it is a player’s living now. It is their way of supporting their families, which it was not in amateur days – so there is the question of waterproofing the players financially against this kind of damage.

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

Yes the exploration is only its infancy really, and a long way to go to determine the most dangerous situations for players to identify ‘in play’.

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

Indeed, he treated short easy passes, and long harder ones with the same care and attention.

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

Yes please 👍

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

And prob on the way out too! 😁

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

But if the science is clear and transparent, and players still decide to play knowing the risks

As you can see from the quote in the article, the science is not clear and has a way to go. Did Steve Thompson know what would happen to him 10 years after retirement? Absolutely not.

The players ‘playing knowing the risks’ now is irrelevant because the risks have yet to be fully established and insured.

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

And retreats back into the cosy corner of anonymity just as quickly, thank goodness 😊

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

Is the ruck the same as it was when you were playing James? It is almost unrecognisable from the beast of the amateur era. That is just one example of how the game can be changed at a fundamental level.

In a professional game, rugby cannot countenance legal suits of the size launched in the NFL. American Football can afford it, but it would bankrupt rugby in short order. So yes, the game has to change in a very fundamental way.

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

It certainly suggested the officiating current might be moving in a diff direction TLN, what with Wayne B. reffing.

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

Should the Tahs be playing Donaldson ahead of Edmed (aside from the keeping the winning team together aspect)? How can I tell as a viewer? How far back are Harrison or Creighton or Gordon from that level?

Now that’s a whole other (huge) question Carny! A good place to start as a casual viewer is ‘how many obvious mistakes does the 10 make?’ – kicks going out on the full, passes going to ground etc… For example, we used to measure Steve Larkham’s passing success, and it was always 95%+ on all lengths of delivery.

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

They are talking a lot about contact at the ruck too now, where the impacts are less visible – hence the gumshield tech.

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

I am sure Tate knows better than anyone what he can and cannot do on a rugby field, but it was not just him. They need more from a guy like Jock Campbell is he plays 15. If Jock ever wants to be a WB full-back he has to be more assertive and demand the ball as an extra first receiver.

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

The two can go hand in hand, but the Force have been in a slow spiral since a reasonable start to the season.

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

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