David Lord spends his waking hours keeping abreast of what’s happening in the world of sport around the world and is one of the pre-eminent voices on sport in Australia.
David has been deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - with World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983.
In those early days of WSC, David was managing Jeff Thomson and Vivian Richards. Withdrawing “Thommo” from the original WSC ended up in the High Court of England, described by David as “not a top tourist resort”.
In 1983 he signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn’t get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world’s great sporting spectacles every four years.
- Member Since:
- February 2011
- Based In:
- Favourite Sporting Team:
- Anything Green and Gold
- Favourite Sports:
- Cricket, League, Rugby, Tennis,
The Ashes invariably brings out the best in Australian and English cricket, none more so than the Centenary Test at the MCG in 1977.
The Waratahs, who were the defending Super Rugby champions, crashed out of the tournament on Saturday night with a 35-17 semi final loss to the Highlanders, and according to many fans it was coach Michael Cheika’s fault.
The Super Rugby semi-final honours on Saturday night were shared by Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd and his Highlander colleague Jamie Joseph, who combined to snuff out the Australian campaigns of the Brumbies and Waratahs respectively.
The ICC, cricket’s governing body, has been a basket-case for nearly two decades. But that’s about to dramatically change with the appointment of Zaheer Abbas as the incoming president.
Kurtley Beale, Quade Cooper, and James O’Connor – the ‘Three Amigos’ – have collectively caused Australian rugby a fair amount of grief. But that’s the past.
We are blessed in Australia to have so many world-class sportsmen and women to watch. These are my current top 10: