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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 All Blacks' near-century won't have Ireland or South Africa sweating

The All Blacks' 79-point win over Italy confirmed what New Zealand's main rivals already know.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
01 Oct 2023, 9:53
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Chaos reigns: The Wallabies must start again from square one

No more pretence, no more stories - accept the rubble around you, and look at the ruins until it hurts.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
26 Sep 2023, 7:38
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How Ireland outplayed South Africa to claim ‘the Battle of the Giants’

Ireland were the masters of the tackle and breakdown at the Stade de France in their clash with the Springboks.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
24 Sep 2023, 8:12
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Ireland have replaced All Blacks as the world's smartest attacking team

While there has always been respect, and grudging admiration for physicality and set-piece excellence, what really wakes New Zeala…

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
22 Sep 2023, 7:43
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How Fiji left the Wallabies shell-shocked and issued a World Cup warning

Australia lost all the pure power contests that the game has to offer against Fiji in Saint-Etienne, and that was all she wrote.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
18 Sep 2023, 11:20
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Make no mistakes, defence will win the Rugby World Cup

Despite global trends favouring possession rugby, defence came out well in credit at the end of the first round of matches at the …

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
14 Sep 2023, 4:49
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Why England can still be a force to be reckoned with

England took the most definitive stride forward on the first weekend of the Rugby World Cup.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
12 Sep 2023, 10:12
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The All Blacks won't win if they're not playing on their own terms

Literally and figuratively, the All Blacks played France on Les Bleus' battleground of choice.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
10 Sep 2023, 14:49
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How All Blacks can upset the apple cart and stun French rivals in Paris

A sizeable loss to South Africa could pave the way for an All Blacks victory in the World Cup opener.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
07 Sep 2023, 11:11
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Samoan marauders ready to break loose at Rugby World Cup

Bolstered by set-piece nous and returning All Blacks, Samoa can put together a compelling all-round game

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
04 Sep 2023, 11:38
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'Churchillian spirit may be all Borthwick can promise England'

Blood, sweat and tears may be all Steve Borthwick can offer England after another setback

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
02 Sep 2023, 3:34
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More questions than answers for 'destabilised' Wallabies

Australia's travails only sharpen the questions over the timing of Eddie Jones' appointment

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
30 Aug 2023, 13:42
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South Africa's brawn-plus-brain puts rugby world on red alert

Anything New Zealand could do, the Springboks did better in Friday's Twickenham rout.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
29 Aug 2023, 12:33
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Are the three wise men regretting their jobs?

Can Steve Borthwick, Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones bake a World Cup cake with crumbs?

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
24 Aug 2023, 15:56
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'Do England really know where they are going?'

Another Dublin drubbing brought England's agonising travails into even sharper focus.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
22 Aug 2023, 2:05
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'England are in a Rugby World Cup prison of their own making'

Steve Borthwick's selections have heaped pressure on Owen Farrell and straitjacketed the England attack.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
18 Aug 2023, 4:44
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How Ireland and Scotland's possession punches could stymie the Springboks

South Africans are right to be nervous about the northern nations' possession power.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
15 Aug 2023, 13:05
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Why Scott is the All Blacks' most important Barrett

He may have two illustrious siblings, but Scott Barrett is the most crucial brother to New Zealand's World Cup hopes.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
11 Aug 2023, 9:53
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The Wallabies' prop woes have Rugby World Cup rivals licking their lips

Losing two premier tight-head props will have Australia scrambling at scrum time in France.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
10 Aug 2023, 16:16
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Has the penny dropped in time for Eddie Jones and Australia?

A tactical U-turn from Eddie Jones may have dramatically boosted Australia's World Cup prospects.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
09 Aug 2023, 16:38
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