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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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Yes and just look at the lineout. It took BT a good 2-3 years just to become a decent lineout option, and that prob cemented his place in the ABs @2011. But it was not plain sailing for him at all. After all he was only @195 cms, a bit short for a modern S/R.

But he eventually came to grips with Rugby’s set-piece requirements and there is no higher recommendation for a League forward than that. Mike Ross used to say he was the strongest scrummager he ever had behind him at Leinster.

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Can’t think of one…

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

You can have play on the line as much as possible – for example this is what the WBs were doing with Koroibete up until the WC, because of his very limited backfield experience. In phases, some teams will try to drop their 9 back as one of the two backfield defenders and keep the wing high. There are various ways, but none will afford him 100% protection all of the time… 😁

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Purely in terms of potential, I’d have him ahead of those others… but there is a long way between potential and realization ofc!

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

I noticed both Muirhead and Toni Pulu started ahead of Wright in the last three rounds, whereas Kata has started all of the games on the right. I’d certainly have him ahead of Wright as WB prospect right now, were he eligible…

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

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Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Sounds about right Ken 😂

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

I’d guess it would be Scott Wisemantel from now on. Were he involved, a guy like Laurie Fisher would also be invaluable to MN as an advisor on contact situations.

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

True Wright is a threat and has skills, but Kata starts, and that is the way I would guess it will continue…

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Many thanks for the explanation and story SMI. Very nice!

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

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Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

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Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

True – he needed to be the best at one position, not just a contender at many 😊

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Aye, though one of them has taken his IP to Ireland after being ‘not wanted’!

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Yes he can make the tackle after a chase (often very hard) but he is not a threat in the air, and the WBs need that from somewhere…

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Reece Hodge is the only other one I can think of N…

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

He was extremely good at what he did, and that was finishing. It was the other bits that were the problem 😂

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Banks would not find Test match wing a difficult prospect, he has the tools to do a respectable impersonation of Ben Smith there.

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Yes I think Jez has explained the eligibility criteria very well elsewhere in the thread!

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Yes another aspect of the size issue well described M.

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

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Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Prob the same reasoning applied as to SB Mitch. It also took Brad Thorn a good five years to learn the requirements of second row fully!

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Yes he came to the UK on the understanding that he’d be playing centre, because there was no time for him to do anything else… He played well in the WC, and England were well ahead in the Wales game when he left the field.

He also came as a man with proven leadership qualities, and as you point out the combination of his arrival into the ‘other code’ as a leader probably upset quite a few people, which underpinned the media-led ‘outrage’ at his selection afterwards…

But from what I’ve heard he was a good guy and a supportive presence, so best to forget the fake outrage.

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Yes that sounds like a familiar story to me! I remember being told similar tales of Welsh squad practices, when they would import a few ‘likely local lads’ and scrum 8 against 10 or 12. Things would be okay unless the lads tried to sneak one against the head or get a shove on. If that happened, they would be put firmly in their place.

One prop who took part in those sessions said to me, “I looked down and there were my feet dangling beneath me. I didn’t know how I’d got there.” 😂

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Yes I’ve watched him live a couple of times and on both occasions he was full value – works well with Charles Piutau at the back!

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back