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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.

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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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Why have France fallen off a World Cup cliff?

Shorn of Antoine Dupont, Les Bleus look oddly toothless and confused.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
14 Feb 2024, 5:12
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'Offence drives business': Why Gallagher Premiership shows the way for rugby

With its attacking focus, England's top flight offers a glimpse of a future rugby must embrace.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
08 Feb 2024, 6:56
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Why defensive aggressor Felix Jones will drive new-look England

Steve Borthwick's World Cup-winning lieutenant could be the most influential voice in the coaching box.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
06 Feb 2024, 4:11
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Six Nations: How Big Joe McCarthy destroyed the French juggernaut

Ireland's young lock delivered a coming-of-age performance in the Marseille cauldron.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
05 Feb 2024, 4:35
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Guinness Six Nations: Why data shows England can compete for the title

What do the in-depth statistics say about each team's chances of lifting the trophy?

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
30 Jan 2024, 2:27
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Carter Gordon and the Rebels without a cause

As the Melbourne franchise battles financial strife, Australia's talented young 10 faces an uncertain future.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
02 Feb 2024, 4:13
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The rise of Jack Willis proves England's eligibility criteria should change

The flanker has added to his considerable skillset in Toulouse, yet is unable to represent his country.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
27 Jan 2024, 3:21
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Australia 'should thank its lucky stars' for methodical Kiwi Schmidt

The new Wallabies coach has the essential ingredients to succeed across the Tasman Sea.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
22 Jan 2024, 9:42
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Can Munster shift Ireland's natural order this Six Nations?

Burgeoning stars from the Thomond Park province are threatening Leinster's dominance of the Ireland team.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
18 Jan 2024, 8:05
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How the big boys of Europe pulverised England's Champions Cup hopefuls

Brutal lessons have been dished out by La Rochelle, Toulouse and Bordeaux-Begles.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
17 Jan 2024, 3:41
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Can the Tongan Thor inspire Australia's toiling Super Rugby franchises?

The Rebels, who have signed hulking Taniela Tupou, and Western Force have long struggled to put wins together.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
10 Jan 2024, 12:56
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Why Owen Farrell moving to Paris would be good for English rugby

The flow of talent across the Channel is creating a more sustainable and competitive Premiership.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
08 Jan 2024, 7:12
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Why Smith needs a bodyguard and a footballer to thrive for England

Marcus Smith's supporting cast are vital to the young Harlequin's England prospects.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
04 Jan 2024, 12:17
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Is young prince Marcus Smith ready for the England throne?

The electric Harlequin is showing maturity and strategy which will delight Steve Borthwick.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
03 Jan 2024, 3:15
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Joe Schmidt can lead Wallabies' reclamation - but only if Australia lets him

Aussie rugby needs clarity, and if a New Zealander is the man to deliver it, then so what?

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
24 Dec 2023, 12:20
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'The bigger the behemoth, the closer to silverware you get'

Emmanuel Meafou is the latest next-level bruiser primed to hit the Test stage.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
21 Dec 2023, 6:45
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Leinster's seismic tactical shift could bring philosophical turbulence for Ireland

Jacques Nienaber's arrival could spark a major change in Leinster - and Ireland's - approach.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
18 Dec 2023, 8:21
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Eddie Jones: coaching genius or court jester?

The returning Japan supremo works in a world of lightning speed and sudden contradiction.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
14 Dec 2023, 6:14
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'Exeter Chiefs represent the straight-shooting honesty of English rugby'

Rob Baxter's model showed the way on a huge Champions Cup weekend for English clubs.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
12 Dec 2023, 5:32
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