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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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Steady Clarke, you are opening a whole new can of worms – the thread cannot take it :laughing:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Yes – Retallick, Whitelock, Cane, Savea and Read looks like the right back five with so little time left to the WC….

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

It has been done relatively recently – England v. Argentina 2016 (Daly sent off in the 10th minute) and Ireland v. South Africa same year (CJ Stander sent off 23rd min).

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Thanks Carlos!

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

I cannot see hugs working here NV… :sick:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Do you know this for a fact Bob?

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Thanks MZ!

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

I’m just trying my hand at sports writing MZ – I don’t think I’d call it journalism though, which (to me) implies a day-to-day involvement on news stories…

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

In which case they need to monitor the attacking cleanout in exactly the same way as defensive hits Peter. “What’s good for the goose…”

But that is far more rare.

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

You are Norman Sanson! I claim my $5 :stoked:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Sounds very nice all the same Fionn – 15 or 16 degrees is summer over here!

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

It would be a hard article to find, except maybe in Stephen Jones’ All Black ‘shrine room’ in Berkshire :silly:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Not much does work then Mitch, cos you’ve got four men doing the work of five! :thumbdown:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Same as the rubbish about Joe Marler at the 2015 WC. Every team does it (though some more than others), because the media is a powerful weapon.

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Ignore it – it’s just part of the propaganda war conducted in the media to try and influence the ref… It always occurs in an area of the game in which the team concerned is most worried about their opponent.

The ABs didn’t get any turnover ball, hence the article :shocked:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

:stoked:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

I very much doubt Sam Whitelock felt very threatened by Kurtley lining him up Clarke… I mean, you wouldn’t you? :laughing:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Thanks Fox.

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

You’re beginning to sound like the second coming of Norman Sanson, Peter! Try to cultivate your inner ‘Clive Norling’ :stoked:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

9’s often waste a lot of time here trying to milk pens off the ref – it doesn’t help the rhythm of the attack :crying:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

It’s just a way of locating a degree of punishment somewhere in between yellow and red JN – so he isn’t stampeded towards red in the heat of the moment…

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

The movement has been away from props who can play both sides – player welfare again.

I think it is only a matter of time before they employ the kind of interchange system they use in League, subbing players on and off for particular situations – but with a limit as to the number. That would be a great new toy for the coaches to play with!

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Not an excuse. If they weren’t ready to play the game, they should have pulled out beforehand.

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

All law changes favour the attack rather than the defence – so naturally the propaganda coming out of NZ this week has all been about securing bigger and better opportunities for their poachers to win the ball in contact. Complaining about neck rolls etc… :happy:

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

I think it’s more of a slow decline Ken, although you’d expect the ABs to have enough to win at Eden Park.

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue