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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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Why isn’t WR directives being followed or officiated in games? I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for coaches.

It’s a bit of a mystery Jonty. I think everyone can see it’s in the interest of the game for the new amendments to be followed – and they have been followed with notable success in the English Prem last season – but the drive behind the ideas seems to be lacking. International rugby was prob more interesting back in 2019, before the changes ever took place, and that is not right.

And looking forward to you proving insight next week into how the Boks won the third test and series.

You may well be right on that score too!

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

I don’t think there is any problem with SA being a defensively-based team Darryn. The problem is that the game is too biased in favour of those sides atm, and the balance has been lost. Australia had twice as much possession and territory as France in the recent series, but only won it by a margin of three points… You don’t want every team feeling that the only way to win is by pressure and forcing mistakes without the ball, the variety would be lost.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

Thanks H.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

I look forward to seeing it.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

True, in fact you may a truer test in the Rugby Championship, esp v the ABs. I doubt they will be as wary of playing the ball through the hands as the Lions.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

Agree completely, and I don’t think this is the best version of the Springboks by quite a distance either.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

Big issue is that WR is calling up RE and SARU for their actions and what penalty they can actually impose?

Their governance of the game has been in question for quite some time – for example, the failure to get a global season in place by now – so this is another important litmus test to see how much power they can really wield.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

He could do both, he does anyway as a chirpy 9 😊

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

So given that is the difficulty in what sanction can be applied. Does World rugby have the power or jurisdiction to punish Erasmus? I am not sure a fair and appropriate punishment could be applied in a short time, and this would be even more distracting.

It’s an important test case if this is not to happen again. WR have announced their enquiry so let’s see what results it yields!

I wish the home side would just stop looking after their base and tone the outrage down (not that makes good reporting).

Quite right too – the Lions only undertook the tour because SARU needs it financially, then they get ‘punished’ for coming!

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

😁 👍

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

It’s huge part of the game now (prep for the ref), and hence Rassie’s intervention in public, misguided though it was!

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

Overall I think it’s a good thing that SA has gone back to its traditional strengths under Rassie Ulrich. But I suspect SA were more flexible, and able to take more attacking opportunities around the time of the WC in 2019.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

One important diff CR – I am not exposed to a conflict of interests, Rassie is (he has to abide by WR’s directives).
I am merely showing very obvious examples of where WR’s directives are not being followed, either on or off the field.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

Lots of examples like that H. sadly. Let’s hope for more from the RC!

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

It’s just a picture of what WG might show where he to make a presentation from the other side of the fence, that’s all. I think it’s quite clear the ref is not the target here, but the failure to apply WR’s guidance both on and off the field.

I don’t agree with your appraisal of the quality of the rugby played. It has certainly been limited and has included plenty of kicking, but in my opinion the standard of play and the brutality of the battle has been very high within those constraints.

It’s been very physical as you’d expect, and that’s the limit of it – if mediocrity floats your boat, nobody is stopping you from watching it all again on DVD! Avoiding all attacking risk tends not to do it for most rugby supporters, I’d wager…

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

Cheers Miz, I look forward to a full panoramic description of the morning!

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

How about Care and Smith in the halves, and Joe M and Wilco opposing each other in the front rank? A feast of mighty Quins would not provide a bore-fest.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

His style is no surprise, but the poor selections have been. Like no Liam Williams until the last game, but Duhan (who is plainly out of his depth) in all three Tests.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

To the best of my knowledge, the ref would get the clips first, then they would be a basis for further debate H. Both sides take their turns to highlight areas of concern.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

Cheers P.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

The presence of both Gregor in the coaching team and Finn R. and Marcus Smith in the squad is a complete anachronism… Happening every 12 years, this kind of group should be able to showcase the best in British and Irish rugby, not the worst.

And Danny Care would be much better than any of the tour 9’s too! Add Joe Marler in the F/R for a bit of spice, and you have a recipe 👍

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

😂 😱 (no shock)

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

What if it’s a break and cut-out pass off the left hand contest. Oh, wait a minute… 😢 😂

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

At least we’ll get teams who don’t want to play the same way in the RC. For various reasons (not all holy) SA v NZ or Aussie are always entertaining!

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

And with the same panel too – same TJ’s, same TMO for the whole series…

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

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