David Bishop (rugby player born 1960)

David Bishop (rugby player born 1960)

David Bishop (born 31 October 1960) also known as Bish is a former Welsh rugby union and then rugby league player. Playing at scrum-half in rugby union, he made his first-class debut for Pontypool in 1981, but not long after broke his neck. Despite being told he would never play again, he was back playing for Pontypool within a year. He only gained one cap for Wales — against Australia in 1984 which Wales lost 28–9. Despite the loss Bishop was the only player to score a try against them.

Bishop had played understudy to fellow Scrum-half Terry Holmes, and when Holmes switched codes to rugby league in 1986, many expected Bishop to finally be given his chance to play for Wales permanently. However the Welsh selectors instead picked Robert Jones of Swansea RFC. Bishop however gained his revenge when that season Pontypool defeated Swansea at Pontypool Park in the cup, the highlight of the game being Bishop's penalty in the mud to seal the win, following which Bishop wiggled his rear end to the stand—where the Welsh selectors were sitting.

Despite repeatedly putting in outstanding performances for Pontypool, Bishop was never picked for Wales again, though his case was not helped by several of Bishop's antics off the field. The 1987-1988 season was the most successful in the club's history when they lost only two games all season and Bishop formed a potent partnership with Mark Ring. Finally in 1989 Bishop was lured to rugby league and he signed for Hull Kingston Rovers. He was then part of the Wales rugby league side that won a European Nations Cup and reached the 1995 Rugby League World Cup's semi-finals.

Following rugby union turning professional in 1995 Bishop returned to Pontypool as player/coach. Although Pontypool had been relegated from the top flight of rugby in Wales in 1995. Two highlights during this period were saving Pontypool from relegation from Division 1 with a victory over UWIC and the 16–15 win over Neath RFC in the Welsh Cup in 1999. Pontypool then played Cardiff in the next round of the cup, where they were heavily defeated, but Bishop faced his old adversary Robert Jones for the last time.


External links

* [http://www.wru.co.uk/12750_14256.php?player=25819&includeref=dynamic Wales Rugby Union profile]
*cite news| url=http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0500rugbyunion/0200news/tm_headline=cardiff-heroes-no-dull-times-with-david-bishop&method=full&objectid=18314428&siteid=50082-name_page.html |title=Cardiff heroes: No dull times with David Bishop |publisher=icwales.icnetwork.co.uk |accessdate=2007-09-07 |date=2006-12-22
*cite news| url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2002/03/07/srgall08.xml |title=A cheer for one-cap wonders |publisher=telegraph.co.uk |date=2002-03-07 |accessdate=2007-09-07 |last=Gallagher |first=Brendan
*cite news| url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19970324/ai_n14095692 |title=Rugby: Bishop keeps battling |publisher=The Independent |date=1997-03-24 |last=Cole |first=Robert |accessdate=2007-09-07
*cite news| url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/rugby/article660848.ece |title=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/rugby/article660848.ece |publisher=timesonline.co.uk |date=2006-10-05 |last=Souster |first=Mark |accessdate=2007-09-07

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