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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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Any idea who the other two selectors would prefer at 15 Bob??

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Agree with all of that WB 🙂

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

He has a big upside Olly, and the motivation of knowing it will be prob his last crack at a major title.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

There are enough good players to make a run to the semis I think RW… Kerevi/Hodge would be one way to go in the centres (with Hodge defending at 13) to fix that particular issue..

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

They do need to find a bit more meaningful width Hazzaaa, and maybe that was the reason why Larkham was dispatched into outer darkness?? 🙂

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Not all 12’s have to be built like brick outhouses B.

Hadleigh Parkes isn’t huge but he managed well for Wales in the 6N, and Hodge is bigger than he. Defensively he’d be at 13 with Kerevi inside him in any case 🙂

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

I think he can contribute just as well from 15 as a second play-maker Kiwi, and let’s face it if he has a position on an international rugby field it has to be at 15.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Good background then, and surprised it doesn’t lead to a more generous appraisal of KB 🙂

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

That may not be far away from the truth Gishan.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

By rights DHP should get first shot at it, for sure Cad.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

You’re right that Gopperth did become he back Wasps couldn’t do without, and made a better fist of 12 than KB to boot CUW…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Fair do’s…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Any number of stirrers will tell you the opposite P 🙂

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Remarkable comeback after what he’s been through, but not sure he would last physically in the Test arena anymore…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

That sounds like a good sign, and I think he would unquestionably be the next best after Genia…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Cheers KP!

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

That’s called forward thinking Doc, particularly at the bookies!

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Physically he looks like a half-back, but also has more to his game than a 9…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

The whole point is Australia does have at 3 fullbacks better

Sorry but I don’t see the evidence for that strong an assertion Waxy….

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

The flight tends to be truer than that of a spiral pass, which can ofc wobble depending on how the ball is gripped!

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Yes they have suddenly become unfashionable with lots of their players wanting out, so I’ve heard CUW. Maybe Sarries can expand their version of the salary cap to take some more on 😀

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Excellent you’re on fire Numps!!

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Yes DHP is the obvious choice CUW – but MC will want his second playmaker in somewhere, so it would also affect the selection at 12… Maybe no Kerevi in that position then.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

I think MC will want to get the ball wider, quicker than Larkham was prepared to do. Just a hunch right now.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

He was at the heart of a lot of good things in UK rugby MZ…

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour