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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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All I can say is that I do have access to at least some of what that ‘internal opinion’ is (including the players). I think it’s fair to say that there has been a growing desire for a new voice, or new ideas in the coaching group – and that has been pretty obvious examining the AB play as an outside commentator (which I am). In the article I have tried to show examples of where the AB play has grown stale, or inert. 👍

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Hope you feel better – on all counts! 👍

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

I did not feel that NZ would win the WC two years before it happened Fionn. There were four teams with roughly equal claims to the trophy in the semis, so it was not the same kind of competition as in 2011 and 2015, when one team was clearly the best, and everyone just had to hope they would stumble.

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Cheers Sage – and cannot get “Fionn” outta my head!! 😱

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Well I spose he will be coaching the Chiefs won’t he? 😂

I suspect he’s enjoying his coaching right now, so he just wants more of it!

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Once Rennie is bedded in, we may find out just how far he (and Scott Johnson) want to go with changes to the rugby infrastructure in Oz Rob.

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

The ABs could lose a couple in the RC, drop one to the Aussies, lose to England at the end of year 😁

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

For better or worse, a lot of these appointments seem to be accelerated (certainly) and sometimes decided (more often than not) by the media Danny…

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

I think the valuing of continuity is right broadly speaking Numps. The only issue is the coach who provides it, and the circumstances in which the decision is made. NZ are no longer ahead of the game, so really the decision was more connected to how to get back to the top – not how to preserve their advantage. Very diff mindsets and challenges. 👍

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Yes the timing of Schmidt’s decision to return to rugby could be crucial in that respect. If he decides the time is ripe around 2021, when Gats has finished with the Lions, it might be too good a prospect for NZ Rugby to pass up….

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Thanks NV – but not convinced Wales’ chances have improved with the passing of the coaching torch back home 😢

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Could be, I’ll keep you posted.

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

I don’t know how much Schmidt’s stock has fallen after Ireland’s second underwhelming WC in a row TBO. Common sense would suggest he must still be well in the black, but that 1/4 final performance may have raised some ghosts of doubt – enough for them to change course…

I’m willing to be convinced by Foster, but I’ve seen enough inconsistencies to remain (very) lukewarm until that happens 😁

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

The quality of skilled individuals in NZ means they will always be competitive EB, but that talent by itself is not enough. It needs sound and innovative coaching leads to bring it to the forefront, and it is there I have my doubts.

I’m sure Eddie would very much enjoy beating the ABs twice in a row, so that game at Twickers will be massive 😂

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

For the first time in the last 20 years or so, I think most of the best Kiwi IP is plying its trade abroad. That is a huge change!

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

I wondered where you went Fox, after the semi. 😂

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Well it certainly did but Hansen was a big part of a golden era for the All Blacks. I don’t see IF in the same frame, or in anything resembling the same era of dominance 👍

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Cheers EFF, and always goo to have you around! 🏉

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Thanks for that, may take a look!

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Question is, will a 70% win record, and maybe losing the RC to South Africa be acceptable to the Kiwi rugby public MZ?

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

At least they have the bail-out of the two year deal J-man. So if things don’t work out they can jump on Gats or maybe Razor with time to spare before the 2023 WC 👍

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

It will be seen as a straight head-to-head Hazza, and it won’t take long for the media to press that point home.

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Thanks for the background U.

It certainly sounds like the jury’s well out, so only practice and time will tell the story. Agree about Plumtree though – he has been successful wherever he’s gone, and was a big hit here in Swansea (unlike Foster at Ospreys)…. I suspect he’ll have to shoulder a lot of responsibility on the training field as things stand 😊

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Aye, for sure.

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

I’m sure Nienaber will need a lot of help, esp initially H.

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?