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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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I know you are not accustomed to backs who can run in anything but a straight line (but not always in the right direction) Harry, but Wales have one or two who both guile and power. Only Kolbe and Faf of your backs would stand a chance of being considered for Wales 😂

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

DdeA, Am and Kolbe the best.

Well, at least you got one out of three right 👍

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Not particularly highly Fionn. I think he’s okay, but not more than that. Not in my top three 10’s globally, anyway.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Maybe, but if you win you’ll get your own version of a Celtic spanking the following week 😂

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Oh, Navidi is much, much better than that – ask Shag, he couldn’t believe how good he was when he first saw him.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

I would have agreed with you a couple of years ago, but now he’s the most experienced top bloke in the world. Put him in at the top and let the others come up with the bright ideas underneath him!

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Yep, you lost at home from an overwhelmingly winning position. Also Chicago is not at home for Ireland, although some in the Emerald Isle may wish it so!

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

As long as you pick the Pimp and Nienaber insists he defend at the far post, the weakness will be there.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Wales outgrew their Wimpys and their Happy Eaters many moons ago H!

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Hi Corne, yes your last couple of paras could well turn out to be accurate.
But were I part of an oppo preparing to play the Boks, I would be far more worried about their forwards, and esp the set piece and contact skills of the back five forwards. Behind that FdK can dictate a game, and Kolbe can break it open.
The two centres are ham and eggers as far as passing skills go – pardon my French. And with Willie’s apparent decline at this WC, the Springboks cannot get the ball to the edge efficiently….
A team cannot just decide to go and offload the ball – it takes an awful lot of work and has to be part of the rugby psyche of the people doing it. I don’t think that is true of this South African team, at least not at this tournament.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Looks simple, requires a lot of practice!

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Picking out the positives… 😁

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

…and therein lies the conundrum of the South African rugby mentality – and maybe what stops you improving to what you could be?? 😱

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

I wouldn’t go overboard Fin – I suspect Oz has benefited from the arrangements far more than the Pasifika nations.

Having said that, I think it’s entirely legit for them to appear for whichever nation they qualify for under the regs. Their choice, and gets more Pasifika players into the shop window, which can only be good for the health of the game.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Maybe that’s where Kwagga went? Got lost in one of Eben’s pockets in the wash… 😂

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Why not? They have all the tools needed to deal with those big Bokke runners? 🥊

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

New habit? 😁

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Come on Harry, you’ve played one real game so far, and lost it (provocative) 😱

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Better than Joe Schmidt’s two wins out of three v. AB’s? Or Andy Farrell beating them with three diff sides?

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Inagaki and Nakajima will give Fransie ‘no herbs with my biltong’ a real towelling! 😂

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

On current evidence, I think Willie’s time has come and gone. FdK and Kolbe class acts, the rest pretty average. 😊

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

…as in ‘waiting for the ambulance’?? 😢

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

I’m still more cautious on that front. I feel the whole country has ‘moved’ over the past two weeks or so, and that will help them hugely in the big moments… Have they shot their bolt against Ire and Scot? – not so sure…

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Yep I’m positive about it too Mitch. Japan struggle to produce big second rows in particular, so finding the creative solution via residency helps them, and helps the game globally 😊

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

France will be tough, but then Wales couldn’t have had a kinder draw in the knockouts, so they should properly be grateful 👍

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