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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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An unbeaten run is an unbeaten run G – and includes South Africa twice, France twice and Australia. Not to be sneered at! That is more than England have managed recently, so really you are hanging your hat on one win against an under-cooked Ireland!?

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He does sound wonderful Fionn – you were very lucky. A proper educator which puts the onus back on you to make your own judgements.

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I think we are converging about the likely character of the game G – whatever the tactical exercises pursued by both coaches in the media! Enjoy 🙂

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Yes Jardine was born in India with Scottish parents, but went Winchester School-Oxford Univ-Surrey Cricket-MCC afterwards. Pretty much a classic linear development for the Anglo sporting aristocrat!

I am really trying to work out what you do know – about both rugby and beyond that. But the sneering smokescreen is so difficult to penetrate that it is impossible – leading me to believe that you know nothing about rather a lot.

A pity, because I used to quite enjoy our conversations… Good luck to you my friend!

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Thanks for retaining your sanity LS – it seems in short supply given some of the comments!

Yes England are definitely kicking on again (no pun intended), although that shouldn’t be used to overshadow the achievements of the other 6N countries either. After all, they will be playing a side with an 11-match unbeaten run, and that is no mean feat. It’s good to have all of England, Ireland and Wales all near the top of the tree again, together…

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Nice article Conor – good work!

The New England way: The John Mitchell defence

Like it or not Goatee, Wales will be the underdogs in their own backyard – England’s last two performances will be seen as too overpowering too resist, and the collective prediction will be that Wales will inevitably go the same way as France and Ireland. It may indeed turn out like that, but somehow I doubt it.
Having had a long interview with him, I had mixed feelings about Eddie. He can be charming, but there is also a ruthless side that made me feel very uneasy and that I believe, eventually decided that we would not be working together!

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11-match unbeaten run with significant injuries along the way!?

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As they say, history tends to written by the winners Fionn. I recall understanding that when I studied the Romano-Byzantine v. Sassanid Persian wars. All of the ‘trusted accounts’ came from Roman historians, which were then used as a foundation by generations of later Western historians.

When I began to look at Persian accounts too, I was shocked. A completely diff history began to emerge, one where the Romans actually lost battles and were in many cases at lower levels of culture than their Eastern brethren. The state of sciences like metallurgy turned out to far inferior in the Roman Empire. But even today we struggle to give any credit to any influences outside Western civilization!

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England are limited ball in hand, great at sniffing out the kicking targets and stubborn in defence. That should be the basic view of them for every opponent from now until the WC 🙂

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Thanks BB – the struggle between the English attack and the Welsh defence will be key to the result…
During my time with England Wales had prob the best-organised backfield defence of anyone… Even their 10’s (Biggar and Anscombe) have genuine full-back skills. England will find trouble if they are forced to keep ball in hand and cannot find real kicking targets. I think they’re pretty ordinary when it comes to breaking down defences in multi-phase, and Wales can look forward to attacking them in those situations.
So the detail of the (hidden) match-ups tends to favour Wales far more than the hyperbole of the visible!

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Cheers RR – appreciate the support!

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…I should add a classic tale about Jardine too, told by none other than Fred Trueman.
As a young man he was playing for Cambridge Univ against Yorkshire, no doubt awaiting to be anointed as MCC captain in due course, batting in pale blue cap and cravate, imperiously taking his time as he surveyed the field before his first ball…
He got a ripper who knocked out his off stump. As he passed the bowler on his way back to the pavilion, he remarked patronizingly “That was a very good ball XXXX”.
The bowler (who had been a coal-miner) replied, “Aye, but it were wasted on thee!”
A great response to the superiority complex ????

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It’s a classic ‘Englishism’ isn’t it Chook? You can plumb the depths of ruthless on-field behaviour, as Jardine did on that tour – but don’t dare be impolite!

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They still are running those scare campaigns in parliament Fionn! The government preying on the fear of a ‘no deal’; the right wing feeding off fear that nothing will change and we’ll still be bound to the EU by a lukewarm deal…

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True in WWI, but in most colonial wars of the Victorian age, Britain was persuading the natives to kill each other!

But the competition for versions of history is the key point, and I’m glad to hear that ref to alternate versions has been part of your education.

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You were looking forward to it so much, yet we’ve never seen or heard from you before on this forum? Hmmm… 😀

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I think it might have been better if we never entered at all, if that was the reasoning IB. Far more difficult to get out once you’re in and have established bonds. Having said that, the process is very historical and has been repeated on more than one occasion – Henry VIII anyone?

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There is certainly the potential to become one the best England sides ever Colvin, although I would beware reading too much into the performance against France in particular. That has been described as ‘the greatest performance by England in the 6N’ which shows how quickly hyperbole can grip.

What they have is momentum and a lot of promising new combinations, esp in midfield and the B/R – so the team is developing again, in a way that it wasn’t in 2018. The game against Wales will I feel be the stiffest test of this ‘new England’, so let’s see what remains after the dust clears from that game.

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Yes typical English double standards Chook. They can get away with the most dastardly acts, but who betide if you are impolite to them! Same happened to Donald Tusk with his ‘special place in hell’ comments recently. He was accused of ‘arrogance’ by his interlocutors, with all of them missing the fundamental irony. The English blind spot (and I speak as someone who is partly English).

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I am constantly amazed by the number of things you are able to get wrong in the space of one sentence – or on this occasion one word. But then you do have a lot of practice ????

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If you read about the Sudan campaigns of late 19th C, you will find that British generals tend to find ways of sacrificing colonial soldiers, with British soldiers only committed when it was unavoidable.

Also an interesting recent story about how WWI history is only now being rewritten to include the Indian soldiers who played a large role in that war.

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33317368

History was written by the Empire, not the Colonies.

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Thanks for the update Carlos. The closest examples of the kind of natural disasters you describe are the collapse of old mining areas or tips, mostly dreadfully in Aberfan back in 1966…

I was brought up in my grandfather’s house in the shadow of one of these man-made mountains, and I used to chase little grey mice in the seams of the tip as I grew up.

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I doubt even a French club would be able to block Finn Russell’s release MZ – too high profile 🙂

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True, but they will just be playing playing to their potential more nearly FB. They won’t be playing ‘above themselves’ because they are already as good as England. At full strength their talent level is comparable, as is their coaching. Important to understand that in order not to fall into the superiority trap (again).

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