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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.

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Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Remember the arguments we used to have with Essa and all of his alternate persona’s about KB’s best position Chook?? Ahhh, the good ol days 😀

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

No worries Digs, good to hear from you…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Thanks AJ…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Thanks Jonty – always an opportunity to innovate even when you lose someone of Folau’s quality!

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

very tasty description indeed Sarge….

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

https://www.therugbysite.com/blog/catch-and-pass/is-it-time-for-the-6-o-clock-pass-to-return

See here Sarge.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Watch spiral pass attacks and you will always see wider alignment, and more running towards the cornerflag Numps…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Yes spiral passing goes further but you have to adjust your grip on the ball first. End over end is shorter but goes through the hands quicker, and tends to keep the attack straighter outside the passer.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

An excellent qualification Ralph – thanks 😀

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Yes look at the outcomes of those wide plays, and there is little evidence that whatever KB did failed in its intent Numps…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

I think you’re being unduly harsh on KB Hoy.

He is a great passer off his left hand (and not many modern inside backs can say that), and what you call ‘crabbing’ has a place. If you want to stop a defender on the edge in his tracks, the best way is by running straight at him on a diagonal – works nicely if you have space to play with.

Would I take Latham or Burke over KB – yes. But it is still good to see him enjoying his rugby again, and he has international class when he does enjoy it 🙂

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Thanks Max.

Maybe it was a a mistake to ever move KB to 12 in the first place – isn’t that where all of the defensive shenanigans have started? And he might have developed more all-round solidity at 15 in the meantime!? The folk at Wasps won’t hear a word against him though as a 15.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Not a bad thought at all Danny 🙂

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

He’ll prob end up somewhere in the NH Freddie.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Banks is one of those guys who should already have some WB experience under his belt, but hasn’t had it yet…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Surprised more folk have not mentioned Hunt in dispatches Timbo – and glad you have chosen to do so. I think he is the kind of strong character who can weld the likes of KB and BF toegther and make it all work.

I don’t think they’ll start Tom Banks at 15 to begin with, more likely wing to start. There’s an above average group here with KB, DHP, Banks, Speight and poss Hodge to pick from.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

… and you won’t be hearing anything from me about it in future Waxy!

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Prob a bit of both TWAS!

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Wherever possible, I try to draw out people’s real interest in rugby Peter – and get them to unwrap it by adding my own thoughts… rather than simply reinforcing prejudices. Hope it works 🙂

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

You must have a penchant for pain, writing articles on Beale, Quade and the pooper in recent times. And willingly posting them on the roar.

Anything but more chewing on the Folau cud Numps!

Isaac Lucas seems like an interesting player… what is his best position?

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

I’m also an Irish citizen and my wife and son are Welsh so this World Cup doesn’t look all bad news.

I think you gave it away at the end there Doc!!

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

All the nonsense talk of Beale and Folau being match winners ignore the results last year, since the last WC really, You have to win matches to be a match winner.

So tell us your options Jack, and why they will be better than KB!?

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Nervousness among WB supporters and KB selection go hand in hand Sinclair! There is always that element of the unknown, for better or worse… Provided the player has enough quality, that should not rule him out. To a certain extent it was also present in Folau.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

You could have Hodge and Kerevi playing together in the centres Freddie – that way you get Hodge’s boot and his surer D at 13…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour