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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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A sad, but largely fair assessment of Australian SR performances in 2019 Geoff…

The Rebels and Tahs regressed as the season wore on, the Reds remained moderate from start to finish. Only the Brumbies deserved to reach the knockout stages 🙁

The Wrap: Only one Australian finalist a poor Super Rugby return

At present I’d like to see him as bench LHP, provided he gets the chance to reacquaint with the position in the EC warm-ups…

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

My impression is that cleanout players are allowed to attack the head/neck initially as long as they release subsequently, they only get penalized when they continue to ‘wrench’ and remain attached throughout the entire process.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Wow. Can he scrum too?

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Samu and Cusack both less used at lineout than Hooper!

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Yes it would Fin, he makes a lot of mistakes in angle of approach, over-running the play and not coordinating with his full-back.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

That’s a legitimate comparison Carlos. Perhaps the only diff back then is that both left and right flankers were more akin to 6’s than they are to outright 7’s (now).

France always used to play a huge B/R composed of three 8’s (anyone remember Laurent Rodriguez, Dominique Erbani and Eric Champ?) because their seconds couldn’t jump!

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Yes, my opinion of Pete Samu has certainly risen on the back of his SR performances this season.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Ahhh…….

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

That’s fair Digs…

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Have a convo with Rob Baxter about it NV 😀

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

France have some good players, but I don’t see the coaching design having the clarity to make best use of them DM…

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Rangi is supposed to be @118 kgs Jez – just how big were you thinking!? 😀

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

I’d like to see some stats on how Australia fared with an orthodox B/R compared to the two 7’s in the Pooper era, Carlos…

I think the Warren Gatland experience is significant too. He always used to pick a traditional B/R (Faletau at 8, Lydiate at 6 and Warburton at 7) but now he’s switched to two open-sides, both with Wales and the Lions in 2017. It’s worked, what more can I say? And it works at club/provincial level too, as the Brumbies have shown this year (whether by accident or design)…

With more teams keeping the ball for longer, you need better aerobic capacity, and another ball-stealer on D, so it makes sense!

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Pretty good summary Jez!

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Those elbow patches are especially alluring CB 😀

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

He did well to escape Toulon CB – where they could not make use of his talents (they were stuck in ‘big B/R’ mode at the time.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Thanks for the update H – hadn’t heard much news about him over here…

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Now you’re taking it too far F …

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

….Or Welsh supporters for more years than I care to remember!

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

And when you said the NH comp was far stronger than Sr and you believed no SR side would beat the two finalists

Just one example of you misrepresenting Jacko. I do think that the European Champions Cup has more depth than Super Rugby, but I never either said or implied that a SR team could not win a joint comp.

If you have Crusaders, Hurricanes, Leinster and Saracens all in one comp, the chances are pretty even IMO.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Cooper and DHP right now Banjo 🙂

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

No, I said three targets – the second rows plus McCaffrey.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Slipper and Sio are the top two LHPs atm Mitch, and I’d like to see Sekope slotting in with them for the WC…

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Thanks CB!

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019