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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 Wallabies cannot do without Will Skelton at the World Cup

Will Skelton has sent Eddie Jones a timely reminder of what Australian rugby is missing.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
24 May 2023, 12:27
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How the Crusaders are preparing Will Jordan to wear No 15 for the All Blacks

The Crusaders are showing every sign of wanting to develop Will Jordan as a triple-threat fullback.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
21 May 2023, 18:22
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Where the Reds identified a key weakness in the Chiefs' deadly attack

Despite a wealth of possession, the Chiefs struggled to penetrate the Reds' defence at Yarrow Stadium.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
19 May 2023, 20:14
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Is Michael Hooper at risk of missing out on the World Cup?

Michael Hooper is struggling to find form in Super Rugby Pacific.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
09 May 2023, 11:39
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Why Damian McKenzie still might not belong at No 10 for the All Blacks

Can Damian McKenzie be trusted as the All Blacks' primary playmaker?

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
05 May 2023, 19:14
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The midfielder who could have proved the difference for the All Blacks

One offshore-based midfielder could have been a lynchpin for the All Blacks.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
02 May 2023, 13:51
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Cam Roigard is perfect for the All Blacks’ World Cup campaign

There are not many success stories among scrumhalves over six feet tall. Cam Roigard could be the exception.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
27 Apr 2023, 10:00
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Will size really matter in Eddie Jones' first Wallabies back row?

Eddie Jones has a number of permutations to consider in the Wallabies loose forwards.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
25 Apr 2023, 8:29
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Why the Premiership clubs can no longer compete with Europe's finest

Greater endeavour on attack has not proven profitable for Premiership clubs in the Champions Cup.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
23 Apr 2023, 9:33
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Will foreign talent help Australia prepare for the Lions in 2025?

Competitive midweek games would be a welcome addition to the 2025 Lions tour.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
19 Apr 2023, 11:34
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How NZ's premier props showcased the future of the scrum battle

Two All Blacks props went to battle in Dunedin and the result was remarkable.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
14 Apr 2023, 9:28
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How South Africa has added a cutting edge to rugby in Europe

The arrival of the four sides from South Africa has proven to be a game-changer in Europe.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
06 Apr 2023, 10:50
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Is Jed Holloway the man to fix Australia's lineout woes?

One of Eddie Jones' first tasks will be righting the Wallabies lineout.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
03 Apr 2023, 9:14
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Why Eddie Jones is off the mark about the Wallabies' new tactics

Possession-based rugby is alive and well - perhaps just not in Australia.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
30 Mar 2023, 4:59
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The major concern for Wales and England ahead of the World Cup

Wales and England might regret stepping onto the coaching merry-go-round.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
21 Mar 2023, 6:35
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Time's running out as the Roger Tuivasa-Sheck debate rages on

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck might not be the best No 12 in Auckland, let alone New Zealand.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
27 Mar 2023, 7:05
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Why Carter Gordon might just be the Wallabies' last hope

Carter Gordon has made a promising start to the Super Rugby Pacific season.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
24 Mar 2023, 18:42
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What makes the 'new Ireland' so unbreakable?

Ireland, like all champion teams, are able to adapt under pressure.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
17 Mar 2023, 6:00
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Why Noah Lolesio could be on the cusp of seizing Australia's No 10 jersey

There are already distinct signs that Stephen Larkham’s tutelage is bearing fruit for Noah Lolesio.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
13 Mar 2023, 12:52
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How France's kicking masterclass eliminated England's deadliest weapon

Freddie Steward has been lethal for England recently, so France kicked him out of Le Crunch.

Nick Bishop
Nick Bishop
13 Mar 2023, 9:34
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