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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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Good to hear from you Thugs…

…and good point about the need to reinforce skill levels at every session. But the work done in international camps should be essentially about reinforcing those skills, not creating them!

There has to be that background earlier in rugby life…

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

I doubt ‘poaching’ is any more appropriate a term for these ‘project players’ then it is for the Australasian conscription of Pacific island talent…

Aki and Stander were not wanted in their countries of birth, so why so they not further their careers elsewhere?

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Compared to even teams in the recent Ireland past, it it the mobility and enhanced skilss of the tight five that is making most of the diff… 🙂

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

In all honesty they were tired and out of form, as every player is from time to time T-man.

All we can say is that Ireland are continuing to improve, an improvement I hope they sustain. The more good teams in international rugby, and the more competitive it is, the better for the game as a whole – that will help keep the English/French club owners at bay!

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Yep – NO.

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

yep, I think we should add a few plants over there… 🙂

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Good to hear from you Wombat – and look forward to more contributions in future…

Enoka and Wayne Smith were maybe the greatest point of diff in the AB dominance of the past few years – and neither has been replaced satisfactorily…

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

I will be looking to take another peek at LH’s form for Bristol over the next few weeks RW…

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

It’s far worse than bank loans – the bank rarely steals the assets (except on a mortgage foreclosure ofc) 🙂

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Unfortunately I (reluctantly) that your last comment is prob accurate!

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Yes most of the players who needed to be replaced were replaced after the 2015 WC. To me it looks more like a change in the way they’re playing the game, and perhaps a fall-off in the quality of coaching…

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Upwards or outwards CUW?? 😀

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Ryan Crotty?

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Attitude reflects coaching and culture I guess Cliff.

If you enter an environment where you are expected to put pressure on yourself to do what it takes to succeed, you’ll do it – because you can see everyone else doing it around you… That’s how it is at Sarries.

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

It’s a good question Cliff, and I think I remember discussing it some time ago. Tigers were determined to assert their contractual rights to the players (so they kept on flying back to the UK) and it left them a very small window in which to succeed.

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

If La Cocina is still going maybe we can meet there one day C!

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Are you allowed to say ‘green & gold’ on here Rob?? 😀

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/brutal-full-story-behind-iconic-14807471

That’s the Pricey story anyway…. and he didn’t rate Finnane at all!

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

That the way it was in those days JN. There was a similar match in 1974, this time against Eastern Province, where the visitors were ‘tested’… They targeted Gareth Edwards, who was one of the Lions’ most important two players, but he had a lot of minders (Windsor, Burton and McKinney) so EP ended up losing the both the match and the fight.

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Colin & Stan or Colin & Sam Strahan – tough choice most selectors would kill for? 😀

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Yes I learned that Bedford was an outcast at that point, but he was definitely good enough to have played for the Boks in that series.

It’s hard to quantify just how much South Africa’s sporting isolation was affecting their rugby at that stage. When you can’t play people internationally, you lose sight of who is capable of playing at that level and players don’t develop the mental ‘muscle’ necessary to make the step up. The biggest disaster of 1974 from an SA viewpoint was selection, which coudn’t identify a consistent style of play or the right players needed to implement it.

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

The ‘sweep the sheds and pick up the bottles’ theme is one Steve Hansen introduced with Wales, so it must be Canterbury CJ… There was a a fair bit of opposition to doing it at first!

I met Graham Henry recently, and he emphasized how central Gilbert Enoka was to the All Blacks’ success at mental skills – he seems to have far more empathy than your standard sports psychologist, and influenced behaviour both on and off the field.

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

In my experience (and I do have some concrete samples) so-called ‘venture capitalists’ are only in it for whatever they can take, not give Neil…

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

It pretty much went with home advantage on tour for both sides, 1937 being the exception and a win for the Boks.

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

I think Muzz’s is thinking of Graham Price MZ.

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin