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About Nick Bishop

Nick has worked as a rugby analyst and advisor to Graham Henry (1999-2002), Mike Ruddock (2004-2006) and latterly Stuart Lancaster (2011-2015). He also worked on the 2001 British & Irish Lions tour to Australia and produced his first rugby book with Graham Henry at the end of the tour. Since then, three more rugby books have followed, all of which of have either been nominated for, or won national sports book awards. The latest is a biography of Phil Larder, the first top Rugby League coach to successfully transfer over to Union. It is entitled “The Iron Curtain”. Nick has also written or contributed to four other books on literature and psychology.
“He is currently writing articles for The Roar and The Rugby Site, and working as a strategy consultant to Stuart Lancaster and the Leinster coaching staff for their European matches.”

Nick Bishop's latest articles

How to use ‘gadgets’ at the lineout

The closer to set-piece a weakness can be pin-pointed, the more likely it is to result in a score. That score could be the difference between winning and losing. This week we hear from leading rugby analyst, Nick Bishop on his thoughts around lineout gadgets.

How to make yourself an effective ‘jackal’

It is hard to do without a number of specialists in defensive contact in the modern game. With the number of breakdowns on the increase and set-pieces on the slide, they have become essential personnel.

Nick Bishop looks at the stats and looks at who and what is required at the breakdown in today’s game.

Game-planning for natural weaknesses

Sir Graham Henry suggests that a plan can start with the identification of what he calls ‘natural weaknesses’ in the opponent.

Leading analyst Nick Bishop, looks at one of the foremost among those weaknesses is the transition area between the last forward and the first back in the defensive line.

Why the Celts are rising again in the European Champions Cup

It appeared to be all over for the Celtic Nations when the Heineken Cup morphed into the European Champions Cup in October 2014. However that does not appear the case in 2016. Leading analyst Nick Bishop looks at the Celt revival led by Glasgow Warriors.

Why England are reaching a winning consensus

Dwight D. Eisenhower once defined leadership as “the art of getting someone to do something you want done because he wants to do it”. Leading analyst Nick Bishop illustrates how Eddie Jones seems to have cultivated this art with his English charges, and the players who are clearly thriving on the responsibility.

The importance of restarts

With the current trend towards high-scoring games, leading analyst Nick Bishop looks at how own-ball kick-offs have effectively become a third attacking set-piece.

Two-stepping your way out of trouble!

How do teams beat aggressive high line-speed defences? Leading analyst Nick Bishop looks at the development of high-quality skills to beat an opponent in the tightest of spaces.

The Art of Selection & the Soldier Field meltdown

The All Blacks selectors get very few things wrong. So what went wrong in Chicago? Leading rugby analyst Nick Bishop investigates.

Chopping them down to size

The chop or cut tackle remains one of the most effective defensive devices, particularly against heavy ball-carries close to the previous breakdown. Read all about it in Nick’s latest article.

Offloading from kick receipts

The success at the top level can often be measured by player’s capacity to offload in contact, accurately and under control. Leading analyst Nick Bishop looks Israel Folau’s ability in this area and how it relates to Gregor Townsend’s Offloading & Continuity module.