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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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Cheers Pete 😊

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

That is a back-line with a lot of attacking potential!

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

I would prefer Lawes to Itoje at 6 tbh, although I would not have said that a few years ago! Itoje has developed more as a genuine tight forward and less as a B/R.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

I guess Luke Jones prob has more chance in the second row, he’s about Itoje height and has good spring, reads the lineout well…

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

I reckon he’s the third ranked second row in NZ, and will start when Sam Whitelock retires from int rugby 😊

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Enjoyable series of articles, thanks James 😊

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu

He scored the try after a Wales counter! Try this instead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJDIxtgUCKk (@1:07 on the reel)

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

True, but if he plays 10, who plays 15? 😔

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Thanks for the correction Jez – he was a good player, and formed an effective partnership with Rob Sidoli in that 2005 season, best moment prob here (@2:10 on the reel below). We played a good brand of rugby that year.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

He very likely will with only Carter Gordon and Hamish Stewart on the roster!

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Agreed there are some great Aussie 7’s around since the early noughties, but that is very far from a ‘monopoly’ as Jimbo originally suggested. In particular it’s wishful thinking to see “Gill/McMahon/Wright” in that category when they haven’t been measured at Test level in that position!

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Interestingly, both Mumm and Dave Dennis, who were regarded as a bit soft and lightweight in Australia, managed to rehab themselves at the same club in the UK – Exeter.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Problem with youngsters is that it’s impossible to know how they will react to Test rugby until they’ve tried it! => not too many at any one time 😊

Take your point about entitlement, but I very much doubt a Kiwi coach like Rennie will allow any senior player cliques to form in his brave new world.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

It’s a wonder how people manage to take aim at all the wrong targets TWAS!

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Over the same period, NZ had McCaw, Kronfeld, Michael Jones, Cane, Savea. The only two you mention worthy to be in that group are George Smith and David Pocock!

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Thanks C. Lachie McCaffrey is a kind of ‘lesser-spotted Fardy’ i.e not quite as big and not quite as good. But he could still be a valuable squad player for the WBs this year.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Thanks B. Having three good operators over the tackle ball in the B/R is a rarity nowadays! I think Naisarani has a lot of room to improve so will be surprised if he’s not retained – without him you don’t have any carrying power in the B/R with those you mention…

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Both have something to prove James. Dempsey that he can get back to where he was before injury, Valetini that he can prove a point starting for an entire SR season!

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

True, but Rennie will want to keep some continuity from the WC. Not everything that happened was bad 😢

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Uptick TWAS! 🏏

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

I suspect a lot of players with international ambitions do insist on release clauses Hammer… Or else they go to a club sensible enough to let them go when they clearly become important to the national side – like Nic White returning to Oz from Exeter 😊

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

There are an increasing number of guys who can both the 4 and the 6 role at the very highest level JC – Courtney Lawes for England, Scott Barrett in NZ, Pieter-Steph in RSA and Petti in Argentina are outstanding examples. Probably at least one of your seconds has to have that ability now…

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Thanks Phil, though I think Luke Jones’ best chance is covering both rows off the bench right now… Good lineout operator though!

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Thanks Rhys.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Yes I would certainly go for McMahon every time…

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?