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Nick Bishop

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.

187 Articles
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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, 4:13
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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, 9:40
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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, 8:09
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Why the Rebels will not go gently into that good night

The Melbourne franchise are responding emphatically to another Australian rugby crisis.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
15 Apr 2024, 6:43
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Jacques Nienaber's quest for a fifth Leinster star burns brightly

Leinster's champion coach and his charges must conquer their white whale, La Rochelle, to reach the Champions Cup semi-finals.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
10 Apr 2024, 7:08
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Is Australian rugby making another exorbitant mistake?

In paying big for, and then misusing, Max Jorgensen, Rugby Australia may cause itself more problems.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
08 Apr 2024, 5:44
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Joe Schmidt must make political sacrifices to ensure Wallaby success

The new Australia boss may be forced to omit a slew of Waratahs from his first squad.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
04 Apr 2024, 9:59
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Luke Pearce's refereeing masterclass points the way towards rugby's future

The talented Englishman's approach enhanced a fabulous match between Northampton and Saracens.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
02 Apr 2024, 11:06
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Will the Crusaders' decline spark a slow death for New Zealand rugby?

The once-mighty franchise have lost all five Super Rugby Pacific matches this season.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
28 Mar 2024, 14:26
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Noah Lolesio spearheads Brumbies with Wallaby axe to grind

Scorned ACT men are resurgent after being omitted from Eddie Jones' World Cup squad.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
25 Mar 2024, 8:58
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Reds are carrying the Australian flag on and off the pitch

Sustainable on and off the pitch, with smart coaching and a shiny training base, the Queenslanders have a bright future.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
19 Mar 2024, 6:48
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How England reverse-engineered unlikely attacking change

Steve Borthwick's men found their claws to arrest a meek start to the Six Nations.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
18 Mar 2024, 11:23
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How petit general Le Garrec inspired Jekyll-and-Hyde France

The Racing 92 tyro's Cardiff masterclass eased the pressure on his truculent coach Fabien Galthie.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
13 Mar 2024, 4:31
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Is the balance of power shifting across the Tasman?

The Reds' win over the Chiefs hints at a sea change in a struggling Super Rugby Pacific.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
12 Mar 2024, 11:12
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How England can upset Irish apple cart

With their savage defence and breakdown work, England can subject the Grand Slam chasers to new pressure.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
07 Mar 2024, 14:37
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Why Jake Gordon could answer Australia's scrum-half quandary

The Waratah has started the season in fine form and has much to like about his game

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
06 Mar 2024, 3:03
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How Queensland Reds can spark Schmidt's Wallaby revolution

A Les Kiss game plan will showcase the Reds' top talents and underpin the work of the new Australia boss.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
01 Mar 2024, 2:32
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Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

The statistics paint a picture of a new landscape emerging across the North's flagship tournament

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
27 Feb 2024, 2:57
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Why Australian rugby needs the Kiss of life

Incoming Reds boss Les Kiss can apply the defibrillators to a flatlining sport

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
20 Feb 2024, 14:46
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Why Ireland haven't felt the loss of 'irreplaceable' Johnny Sexton

Jack Crowley's seamless ascent to the number 10 jersey has assuaged the great man's retirement.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
15 Feb 2024, 2:32
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