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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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Thanks, at least, for trying to provide some support for your assertions Soap… However I feel it is probably best to draw a charitable veil over the substance of the “evidence” itself! 😂

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Nah, he doesn’t need me, his play promotes itself…

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Yes if England were going to go with say Lawes at 6, I’d would like to see Launch and Itoje in the row ahead of them…

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No need. I make my points writing public articles under my own real name with proper analytical support! 👍

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Are you Michael Hooper?? I claim my $5 😂

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England no longer select for set-piece dominance, or even play for it as they did at the start of the Eddie era with Dan Cole playing THP. Eddie said after the final that he regretted not picking Joe Marler, England’s best scrum technician, against the Boks… And currently they don’t have any brutes better than Itoje/Lawes in the row either! At least I can’t think of any.
I think you underestimate the Welsh B/R, but then I prob know them a lot better than you! Navidi, Tipuric and Ellis Jenkins are all easily in the top bracket you mention. Slot Faletau into between any two of those and you have a world class unit.

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Well maybe they are looking for reasons why they lost the WC, I don’t know. Personally, I never rated the guy that highly.

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What part of “Hooper has the strength to stick at the point of contact and hold Valetini up above ground for over five seconds.” makes any mention of a front-on tackle? Figment of your imagination mate 😂

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Second row or 6/8… You? 😊

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Typically cryptic that last comment Mr.Rob – it will take me a while to unravel its intricacies! Hope you’re well!

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Thanks Liam, I look forward to watching Rob Valetini develop into the player he can be!

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I think there’s a difference between genuine, supportable opinion and the rugby equivalent of ‘fake news’, that’s all. Insofar as I can, I try to encourage the first on here, and discourage the latter.

Your hazy recollections just aren’t very accurate, or supportable. But as you rightly say, it all adds to the flavour!

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Playing some Super Rugby first might have given him a better shot Bobo…

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Tbh sounds like a lot of uprating Squire by virtue of his absence at the WC Shed. He was good player who was never in Jerome Kaino’s class.

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The English strength at restart and set-piece is a bit of a myth in recent times. England choose ball-handlers at prop (Mako and Sinckler) who are competent scrummagers without it being their main strength.

When they beat NZ in the WC semi they had Itoje and Lawes in the second row, who have both started Test matches at number 6. And ofc England’s set-piece really suffered in the final against SA.

Curry and Underhill may be slightly bigger than Hooper (though Underhill is much the same size) but they and Ludlam are all 7’s. Hence the the uproar in the media when Curry was moved to 8 for this 6N!

I find your attitude to Wales rather bewildering. After all, they were ranked number one in the world going in to the WC, they were 6N champs and had beaten the eventual winners of the WC four times in a row before the semi. Arguably they should have won that one too!

NZ obv switched to using Savea and Cane and failed only when they dropped that formula for the game against England and ‘went big’. Maybe that does count for something? 😊

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The only ‘potential’ problem here is the variety of the lineout calls, planning and execution.

This will up to the quality of the coaching, and the quality of execution by the caller on the field (Rodda presumably). Most international lineouts aim to win 90% of their own ball now, and you do not need four huge men to achieve it given the advantage the throwing team enjoys!

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Hi there Chook.

Yep, I forgot to mention he made jeans in his spare time 😊

It does seem to be important to keep in touch with some form of normality, and I guess these articles can help form that connection, so I’ll keep writing them as long as I can!

Stay safe – you and yours.

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😂

Everything will be on the table when rugby eventually returns

A good sign, and certainly not one associated with the ‘lazy’ version of Swinton 😂

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Thanks Brett – yes it does kinds merge the week together into one big blob doesn’t it? The weekend does not feel like a weekend any more! It’s just the next day, with very specific things to do.

Everything will be on the table when rugby eventually returns

I’ve written some article about cleanout effectiveness. There was one before the last WV where it turned out Rory Arnold was the best at it. It will come back around in due course!

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Looking forward to seeing more of Tizzano in particular Jez!

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Second row has become a lot more demanding than it was defensively, but it is still easier than 6, when you often connected to a back in the line…

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Agreed Waxy. I don’t see why either Hockings or Blyth are good enough to keep out of a starting role in the second row.

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yes nich, he definitely got good low technique and quick feet to get in the best position. i agree thats his style. i will say he doesnt really go the higher option around the ball area which has its benefits in some circumstances.
From last week Soap… You asked for evidence so here it is, the benefits of staying high in tackle!

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