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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.

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I think it was partly relief at seeing that he could still play Bobby – and partly watching him working inside a system and not breaking it 🙂

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This is an excellent point Scotty – there won’t be much carryover from Hunt to Beale, so everyone will have to make an adjustment. Not ideal.

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“The Quade Whisperer” – loving it, thanks CJ…

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Yep you certainly need to be able to take away moments you’ll really treasure NINC – and QC has provided several of those of the years, for better or worse…

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Sounds confident Fin – let’s hope he’s right 🙂

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Glad to be influencing the canine population too Bun!

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Cheers Rob – QC and the Badger, it really should be a mini-series 🙂

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It was incredibly poor scouting by Toulon when QC went there Fionn… They played a very defence and forward oriented game at that time and QC was like a fish out of water.

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Well he’s not a good goal-kicker and hasn’t always been a first choice in that regard for his coaches, whereas DC was an outstanding one… I guess that would account for most of it.

And overall as a player he isn’t as consistent as DC either, Carter was not error-prone!

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Very nice balanced post, thanks Davey!

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Yes I think some comment about his loyalty to Aus rugby is appropriate C. It would have been easier for him to wave it all away and march off to Europe or Japan again, but he didn’t. He bit down hard and stayed on. He deserves a reward for that.

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You could pick a midfield at least as good as the one which finished 2018 easily – QC, Hunt at 13 and Kuridrani at 13.

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I’d just like to see them allow the props to stick at one position and only move in an emergency James – leave Kepu at LHP and let him grow into it….

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Carl Hayman and Ali Williams seem to be two who enjoyed it most, and they were both forwards BF…

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….very naughty boy! (Couldn’t resist, sorry)

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If you want to see the dumb version of a beagle then get a cocker spaniel.

That really is a cracker, thanks Don 😀

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They also invoked the spirit of ‘Mother Russia’ – religious icons, Suvorov and Kutuzov ‘n all – to motivate the people. All very un-Communist!

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Hard to see how you can lose anywhere between 20-30 million dead and not be the main factor in stopping Germany F!

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Cheers Robbo… The highlights package should be okay, I think it was the official SANZAAR reel!?

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Yep it’s called S4C Stu! 😀

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There will always be a higher element of risk with QC, because he wants to take on that 50/50 situation Freddie – but the risks can be managed by a sensible coach… and eveery sign that Dave Wessels is one of those.

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Can you do that?? 🙂

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We had this whole debate about solid yeoman v. mercurial wizard for England back @ 2012-14 TWAS, in the form of Cipriani or Farrell for England at 10.

There was a strong lobby led by Clive Woodward for Cipriani, and Owen Farrell got quite mercilessly knocked; it became vicious at times, with some suggesting that OF’s selection was only due to his Dad being one of the coaches!

All looks pretty funny when you look at the player he’s turned out to be, but the point is you do have to be an outstanding yeoman to tip the balance your way – not an ordinary one 🙂

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I guess we will find out pretty soon just how much power in selection they’ve really got PK…

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Foley is a running 10 (more of a 12 really) who makes plays by the numbers not by what is unfolding.
Let’s not open the door, even slightly, to that Cooper 10 and Foley 12 axis again shall we PK? ????

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