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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 Dan McKellar has found a second home at Welford Road

The Wallabies are reeling from the high-profile defection of Mark Nawaqanitawase but the progress of Dan McKellar should soften th…

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
08 Dec 2023, 5:10
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'Owen Farrell is another prophet railroaded out of his own land - who can replace him?'

Will George Ford or Marcus Smith fill the void left by the England totem?

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
04 Dec 2023, 11:03
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A rivalry for the ages : why Ireland and South Africa can lead a new world order

Battles between these two rugby powerhouses are set to dominate the landscape at club and Test level.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
05 Dec 2023, 13:34
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Why Miles Amatosero can be the Wallabies' next Will Skelton

The Clermont juggernaut is returning to Australia and could spark a much-needed recruitment drive.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
29 Nov 2023, 15:28
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Cutting-edge coaching underlines Red Roses' supremacy

New Zealand's World Cup triumph should not mask the true order of the women's game.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
27 Nov 2023, 6:55
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Leicester and Saracens show the way for risk-averse England

Steve Borthwick will not relinquish a conservative game plan as long as England's 'old firm' dominate domestically.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
22 Nov 2023, 7:31
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'It's do-or-die for Australian rugby as Lions loom'

Battling controversy and disinterest, the game Down Under faces a make-or-break year.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
20 Nov 2023, 8:21
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Henry Arundell can be England's new Jason Robinson

The tyro's electric Racing 92 debut only underlined his vast international potential.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
16 Nov 2023, 8:25
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Why Fiji are poised to strike at the new Nations Championship

The Flying Fijians have already shown they could develop into powerhouses of the world game.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
14 Nov 2023, 6:52
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How England can ride the World Cup wave to Six Nations success

The Six Nations is a very different beast to the World Cup and England fans will demand not just wins, but wins with style.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
13 Nov 2023, 4:24
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Why the Wallabies were always destined to fail

Lack of experience proved the decisive factor in a disastrous 2023 for the Wallabies.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
07 Nov 2023, 10:12
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How Pieter-Steph du Toit led the Springboks to another World Cup title

South Africa, with Pieter-Steph du Toit leading the way, has again proven itself the biggest and baddest beast on the planet.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
30 Oct 2023, 11:07
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Will All Blacks or Springboks taste World Cup glory at Stade de France?

The equation is simple for the All Blacks and Springboks on Saturday night: dominate the opening exchanges.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
26 Oct 2023, 6:40
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What the All Blacks will have learned from Springboks' set-piece battle

Until the last half-hour of their semi-final with South Africa, England won the tactical battle hands-down.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
23 Oct 2023, 9:57
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Why Tate McDermott has fallen down the Wallabies No 9 pecking order

Nic White and Ryan Lonergan are Eddie Jones' preferred halfbacks for Australia.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
11 Apr 2023, 8:16
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How England can exorcise the Springboks ghosts of 2019

England will not have to look far to discover their extra motivational edge for their RWC semi-final against South Africa.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
18 Oct 2023, 7:31
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How Ireland won the battle but the All Blacks won the war

If there was a Trojan Horse at play on Saturday night, it was the secret unveiling of the New Zealand scramble defence.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
15 Oct 2023, 15:02
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Why Springboks are better prepared than All Blacks for French onslaught

The notion that the All Blacks are trying to play a faster, more fluid and dynamic game than everyone else is outdated.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
11 Oct 2023, 12:38
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Why Ireland are in the best possible position to pip the All Blacks in Paris

Against Scotland, Ireland gave some strong clues as to why they are such a resourceful and cohesive bunch.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
09 Oct 2023, 6:43
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Eddie Jones isn't the main issue with the Wallabies coaching set-up

Eddie Jones' assistant coaches simply aren't up to the level required.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
03 Oct 2023, 10:38
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