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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

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.

From Preparation to Execution

Expert analyst Nick Bishop explains how The Professor – Wayne Smith’s modules translate from the training ground to on field success at the highest level.

Is Joe Moody's All Black's long term replacement for Tony Woodcock

Our rugby analyst Nick Bishop, takes an indepth look at Joe Moody’s recent loosehead scrummaging performance for the ABs.

Chiefs Support Play

Nick’s latest article on Support Play and it’s processes follows Wayne Smiths coaching module.

Fine margins at No.7 – the two halves of Sam Cane in the 3rd Test

The margins between winning and losing Test matches are very fine, and nowhere is this axiom truer than in the actions and decision-making of the open-side flanker. This week Nick Bishop reflects on Sam Cane’s 3rd test performance as he steps up as Richie McCaw’s No.7 replacement.