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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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Thanks Fin – food for thought..

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Lots of practice in front of the mirror Tman!

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

He must have to spend a lot of time practising in front of the mirror to do that…

Good tool for motivation though – esp as he was prob right about the last game of the 2017 RC!

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

All the flashing images gave me a headache – is’t there a law about that? 🙂

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Okay keep me posted…

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Hazza by a long chalk.

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Truffles NV?? Bah…

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

It must have been quite something to live through that 81 tour Jacko, the closest we got in the UK was the 1970 Bok tour of the home nations.

Plenty of vigorous demos organized during that, some by Peter Hain – who went on to become the local MP for my town here in Wales….

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Always a letdown when that happens…

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Do you have a link NV?

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

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Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

…and it can force players into international action before they’r ready for it, which kinda ruins the whole point of it.

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

One of the issues with quotas is that there is some excellent black and coloured talent which is being exposed to Test rugby before the players are ready for it, and this actually retards their progress…

But guys like Dyantyi, Am, Notshe, Kolisi, Gelant and Willemse do undoubtedly have Test quality about them – if they can be allowed to develop in their own time.

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

No doubt about it H – Faf could certainly do those old Vosene shampoo commercials, in slo-mo ofc!

Always good to hear your pen waxing lyrical on The Roar 🙂

BBBBB in Wellington: Bok Belief Battered But Beautiful

The tendrils of The Roar are beginning to reach out to the parts other sites cannot reach!

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Thanks for the insight Ivan…

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Yes I like the look of Goodhue too – esp his mentality for the game, which appears pretty unflappable under pressure. Good sign for an emerging player.

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Yes Jantjies certainly got with the program and performed off the bench in Wellington, although I too am keen to see what Willemse has got in his locker….

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Yes I hope it does RT – I love to hear about them even though I’m stuck over here in the UK 🙂

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Cheers Geoff – those France boys who took out the u20 title last year included some seriously large units, and their number 8 was a very good player.

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

I could see they were being asked to operate in poor structures, and in poorly-selected teams at the time…

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Thanks for all of your comments Baylion. Quite interesting that Rassie has drawn better performances out of those same overseas players than Coetzee then? Maybe he has put a better plan in place.

All the operating instructions for a Bokke coach (coloured quotas and restrictions on European selections) do make it seem like a job which is a mix of dream and nightmare in equal dollops for an elite level coach!

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Yes, hard to remember back that far… but I think he was crucial to the D structure they ran at that time so they were happy to have him even on one leg!

Victor Matfield’s selection wasa lot harder to justify IMO, as SA had a full hand of good young second rows…

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

That’s why stats can often be misleading YW – ‘misses’ have to be connected to the role a player is asked to perform.

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

For a moment there I though you were going to say the epic meal was twelve months long, not ‘ago’. But I don’t think any of you have such prodigious appetites…

Agree that the Boks definitely won the mental battle in the last quarter, even after they lost a man to the bin. By then they had won their battle 🙂

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well