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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 the Jones era has gotten off to the worst possible start for Wallabies

Australia were well and truly beaten in every facet that counts in their winless Rugby Championship campaign.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
02 Aug 2023, 15:10
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How breakdown fury can boost Australia's odds against All Blacks

The breakdown needs to be a contest in Melbourne if the Wallabies want to have any chance of besting the All Blacks.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
26 Jul 2023, 13:23
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Why there's already reason to believe in Eddie Jones' Wallabies

On the evidence of two matches, the Wallabies tight five could quick become a major force in world rugby.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
24 Jul 2023, 13:38
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How the All Blacks ball runners bested the Springboks at their own game

The Springboks' ball carriers and ball players were well and truly shown up by their All Blacks opposition at Mount Smart.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
19 Jul 2023, 8:13
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Why Eddie Jones' doomed Wallabies keep repeating history

The great Australian ball-retention tradition is being avidly dismantled by one of its biggest former advocates.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
17 Jul 2023, 13:07
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The All Blacks have discovered an attacking spine and a new backbone

Between a rugged set-piece and some hard running in the midfield, the All Blacks have found a shape for the future.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
11 Jul 2023, 8:22
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Boks masterclass highlighted why new Wallabies tactics are off the mark

The Wallabies game-plan dragged the character of play away from the strengths of Australia’s key players like a vicious rip-tide…

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
10 Jul 2023, 12:42
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How French demigods will replicate the U20s to dominate All Blacks

The Under 20s World Championship has become another precious tool for evaluation.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
06 Jul 2023, 10:19
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What happened to the most fearsome scrum in world rugby?

Argentina have historically built their game around the set-piece - but that's no longer the case.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
04 Jul 2023, 8:18
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Emmanuel Meafou could have been a world-beater for the Wallabies

Emmanuel Meafou has been lost to Rugby Australia - and France look to be the beneficiaries.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
01 Jul 2023, 14:11
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The All Blacks have found their blindside flanker

Scott Barrett could provide one of the last pieces of the puzzle for New Zealand.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
27 Jun 2023, 11:08
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Have the Wallabies missed a trick omitting Tawera Kerr-Barlow?

Former All Black Tawera Kerr-Barlow could add such key depth to the Wallabies' halfback stocks.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
25 Jun 2023, 2:44
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Could the Wallabies successfully emulate the Brumbies' game plan?

A whole brood of truth-telling chickens came home to roost with the Brumbies’ loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
22 Jun 2023, 16:52
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A tale of two 10s: Why Mo'unga is the man to lead the All Blacks

The Crusaders crushed the Blues in Christchurch and in the process underlined the claims of Richie Mo’unga to the NZ No 10 jerse…

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
19 Jun 2023, 15:06
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Can Tom Wright step up as a world-class fullback?

Is Tom Wright the man to wear No 15 for the Wallabies?

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
14 Jun 2023, 19:13
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Kiwi dominance a warning for both All Blacks and Wallabies

New Zealand's dominance of Super Rugby Pacific is bad news for the nations either side of the Tasman Sea.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
12 Jun 2023, 12:49
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Australian rugby is its own worst enemy

Nobody can predict how any Australian sides will play from one week to the next.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
07 Jun 2023, 9:04
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How greater exposure to foreign clubs could rejuvenate English rugby

The Premiership is under pressure from the burgeoning success of the URC and the Top 14.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
05 Jun 2023, 8:33
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One last banquet awaits 'Guzzler' at the Rugby World Cup

Brodie Retallick has become relentless at the cleanout and in defensive contact, and especially good at disrupting the lineout.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
03 Jun 2023, 10:59
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How top-of-the-table clash unearthed two World Cup bolters

No spot has caused both New Zealand and Australia more heartache in recent times than blindside flanker.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
30 May 2023, 11:35
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