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Nick Bishop

Nick Bishop was rugby analyst/advisor to Graham Henry (1999-2003) and Mike Ruddock (2004-2006) with Wales. He has worked with Stuart Lancaster for England (2012-2015), Leinster (2016-2022) and currently for Racing 92 in France’s Top 14. Three of his four rugby books have shortlisted for, or won national sports book awards.

204 Articles
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Will Wallaby revenge be served up hot against Wales in July?

Joe Schmidt isn't one for grandstanding but he will be relishing bringing down Warren Gatland's Wales on home turf

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
27 Jun 2024, 2:31
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Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Andy Farrell's men travel to South Africa in a less bullish mood than a matter of months ago due to some high-profile losses

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
25 Jun 2024, 8:49
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Why Joe Schmidt cannot rely on the Brumbies' creaking tight five

The ACT franchise are traditional set-piece bastions, but show alarming signs of decline up front.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
18 Jun 2024, 11:54
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How England can shatter the All Blacks' Eden Park streak

Three decades have passed since a European team won at the Auckland stronghold, but England are good enough to make it happen.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
17 Jun 2024, 3:24
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Why a Northampton Saints title was crucial for the Premiership

Phil Dowson's men are England's standard-bearers and play an attacking style which is so brilliantly marketable for the league.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
11 Jun 2024, 3:55
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How the 'un-Australian' Brumbies are flying the flag in Super Rugby

Stephen Larkham's men play pragmatic stuff, but it has propelled them to another semi-final.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
10 Jun 2024, 5:19
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Million-pound man Finn Russell is worth every penny to Bath

The once-flaky Scotland fly-half is running games with beautiful, ruthless efficiency as Bath seek an end to their Premiership dro…

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
06 Jun 2024, 9:14
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How can Rugby Australia fit five into four after Rebels' demise?

The governing body must do everything in its power to find domestic homes for the Rebels' soon-to-be-unemployed squad.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
04 Jun 2024, 7:41
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Waratahs 'counter-culture' limits Wallaby options for Joe Schmidt

Darren Coleman's sacking is indicative of an unstable franchise which will concern the new Australia boss.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
27 May 2024, 7:42
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Jack Willis' Champions Cup masterclass proves English eligibility rules need a rethink

Imagine what the burgeoning Toulouse tyro could do wearing the white jersey of his country.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
28 May 2024, 16:07
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Why Auckland blue is primed to take over from Canterbury red and black

The Blues have the makings of a champion Super Rugby side, underpinned by two awesome wingers.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
22 May 2024, 6:22
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How the line between forwards and backs is becoming a blur

Wallaby back-row Fraser McReight is the prototype of a player who can feature in or behind the scrum.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
20 May 2024, 8:16
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Why iron-willed Owen Farrell is still one of the world's best

The Saracen may soon be lost to England duty, but remains a bristling string-puller at the highest level.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
15 May 2024, 5:13
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Geoff Parling: 'Australian players are realising they can live with these Kiwis'

The new Wallaby lineout guru with the sharp tactical brain hopes to carry Super Rugby confidence to the Test arena.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
13 May 2024, 7:16
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Why European rugby is in danger of death-by-monopoly

The emergence of three super clubs may threaten the Investec Champions Cup, but there is a solution.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
10 May 2024, 4:47
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Jacques Nienaber's 'offensive defence' moved Leinster closer to the cherished fifth star

The South African supremo's rearguard action stymied the best attack in England at Croke Park.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
06 May 2024, 14:11
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How Reds duo could give Joe Schmidt vital backline power

Suliasi Vunivalu and Hunter Paisami may be key men for the Wallabies as they shine under Less Kiss' supervision.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
06 May 2024, 14:04
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Charlie Cale may be the answer to Joe Schmidt's back-row prayers

The young Brumby has potential to become Australia's go-to number eight.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
22 Apr 2024, 5:13
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How Leinster neutralised 'long-in-the-tooth' La Rochelle

The Irish province slew their great foe, prompting questions about the serial champions' age profile.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
18 Apr 2024, 10:40
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Swashbuckling Hurricanes and Harlequins show scrum still matters

Two traditionally free-wheeling attacking sides have built huge victories on their set-piece excellence.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
16 Apr 2024, 9:09
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