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Nicholas Bishop

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About

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 matches.

Member Since:
 
January 2016

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Why an analyst needs a long memory: The Reds and the Tahs restore the faith

Why an analyst needs a long memory: The Reds and the Tahs restore the faith

2 days ago

Good rugby analysts, like the proverbial elephant, need a long memory – and photographic recall for detail. That’s how they discover relationships between what they see now and what has gone before; as well as improvements from one game, and one season, to another.

Should Brad Shields play for England?

Should Brad Shields play for England?

16 May 2018

Keep Out! That is the sign the UK is now posting to the rest of the world, politically and culturally. It is building fences, not taking them down.

Jaguares make the case for defence in Super Rugby

Jaguares make the case for defence in Super Rugby

9 May 2018

In 1865, 150 Welsh Protestant non-Conformists bade farewell to their homeland, waved their loved ones goodbye, and left the port of Liverpool for the other side of the world.

When will Michael Cheika start to see Red?

When will Michael Cheika start to see Red?

2 May 2018

No, it isn’t an article about Michael Cheika’s volcanic eruptions in the coaching box. The topic is the inter-state balance of Wallaby selection in 2018.

Why aspiring Wallabies should go to school in New Zealand

Why aspiring Wallabies should go to school in New Zealand

25 Apr 2018

New Zealand is a protectionist rugby state. With its streamlined pyramid tapering to All Black success at its pinnacle, the wastage of both manpower and intellectual property is minimal.

Michael Hooper, Rob Simmons and the fault-line in rugby thinking

Michael Hooper, Rob Simmons and the fault-line in rugby thinking

18 Apr 2018

In 2004, Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The book sent a huge shockwave through Major League Baseball circles by questioning received wisdom about the game (which occurred via a closed-shop scouting system) with the use of data-performance analysis.