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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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Morning Geoffrey.

Typically defences will go harder at the breakdown closer to their own line – content to give up 3 instead of 7 points. Hence Ardie’s early turnover on the goal-line which has attracted so much contention.

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

I watched Ned with interest and his obvious errors seem to occur when he cannot lower his body fast enough. I wonder if it is a mechanical issue?

And having two big guys who obv struggle with height (along with LSL) probably gives you too much to work on in one pack of forwards…

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

The AB tacklers loiter a fair bit at the back of the breakdown, genuinely disadvantaging the arriving support. Fine lines admittedly, but a common factor in these clips.

And this was one of the main thrusts of the new rulings Mugs – to get tacklers out of the way far quicker –

https://www.theroar.com.au/2020/06/17/what-super-rugby-aotearoas-law-changes-mean-in-the-battle-for-global-rugby-supremacy/ (second half of the article)

Highlights for me that ball retention is not just about careless handling and poor passing, it starts with the control over the previous tackle.

Great point!

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

I honestly don’t know Fin. I think he was supporting Foster’s appointment wasn’t he?

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

I think Nigel is best at reffing the broad strokes, he always has good feel for the game and what the players want to achieve. Problems arise when he tries to bend the law to suit the empathy…

https://www.therugbysite.com/blog/news-opinions/is-the-jackal-a-protected-species-northern-hemisphere-part-one

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Cheers Chook! 👍

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

I don’t care if it is really difficult for them to get down, tall people should have to suffer for their height!

At 6’7″ I take that personally 😂

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Yep the WBs should not be relying on the ref to do their work for them, even when he’s one of their own!

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Nigel is pretty much a law unto himself, or maybe a refereeing ‘brand’ Carlos! 😂

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Would we be better off with one ref for the series so at least there is more consistency week to week?

The 2017 Lions series featured the same three-man panel in each Test, but it still ended in controversy, sadly 😔

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Thanks Ed – nice post.

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

😂

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Not sure whether Johnny Gray and Stuart Hogg came off any farms near Glasgow though! They were the really important additions this season.

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

https://www.theroar.com.au/2020/07/01/can-the-all-blacks-play-rugby-league/ 😊

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

One of the short cuts that comes with age… 😂

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

I’m less affected by the swings and roundabouts of refereeing in my fifth decade of being an All Black supporter.

Did it take that long Ed? 😁

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

hmmmmm…… Does Don Armand qualify? 😛

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Not a question I’d want to answer Fin. Let’s just say DR would have gotten more positives out of the week before, but maybe more selection no-no’s the week after!

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Gauzere, Poite, Garces, they’re all terrific! 😱 🏏

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

“Farces” misprint?? 😂 😂

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

We will see H’lander, the product of the first meeting supervised by him was not so convincing!

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Very nice Jez, I see what you did there… similar sort of journey though.

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Rory Arnold would make a very big diff JC.

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

True!

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

I almost included that clip just the Aussies are not playing to the whistle!

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park