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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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Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Always good to home in on a good spank though? 😱 😊

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Yes I remember Rob’s Dad Paul from my time at University in Devon.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

The phrase ‘back when Biarritz were great’ almost brings tears to my eyes AH…. Almost. 😁

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Thanks Jacko – they may be worried about the infrastructure for all the games in Fiji, IIRC it has been an issue in some previous SR games staged in Fiji and Samoa.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Be interesting to see where the AB coaches see him in the pecking order with their first squad….

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

I think h started that way in NZ IIRC, but Glos moved him across and there he stayed…. Cult figure with the Viking beard!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

I’d say that is the exact opposite of the truth JC!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

True, there is no history of cooperation between the two parties. Back in 2014, England had to play the first Test in NZ without all of the Saracens and Northampton players, who were involved in the Prem final back in England. That ruined such a short tour before it had even started!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

yep FLW much too small to be Test second row!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Yes that confidence in being able to facilitate was impressive – and not something I’d seen as clearly from D-Mac before…

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

No I haven’t read it, but I’d guess the Chiefs model is very fertile ground for ‘how to develop your rugby club without going broke’!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

I’m still looking for a small Mounga doll

What, to stick pins in it? 😂 😔

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Well at least CVC might prove a unifying force in that respect, although I still feel queasy about their true intentions!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Same story as the Waratahs this season, although they do it on a far bigger scale. You need the guidance that veteran players like Hooper, Simmons ans Kepu provide.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Yes it is an exciting prospect, and it gets people talking… about how teams in rival domestic comps will match up. 👍

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

I doubt it will get to that stage, but a 60 pointer would be bad enough.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Not as obviously physical as some other 6’s in NZ, but maybe a smarter player?

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

They have taken my advice and shifted ASY to second row – I claim my consultancy fee! 😂 😂

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

It’s unquestionably a huge draw for British and Irish fans, and a massive windfall for the home economy, but until we get a properly managed global calendar, these kind of spats will continue to arise.

And in fairness to the English clubs, it takes something to get Rob Baxter mad – but Gatty did it. The English Premiership calendar had been set well in advance, so for the Lions to try and arrange practice matches against Japan during the playoffs is a bit crass.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Cheers Somer. 👍

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

I tend to agree – I cannot see him as an AB starter right now.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Best MMA fighter ever!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

And Wayne Smith in his right niche was arguably the most important figure in NZ rugby development from 2005-2015. But you have to bite the bullet and realize what you are good at first.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

He was rewarded for being a great player, not a great 10 Jacko. 👍

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?