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,
Nick Kyrgios is the future of Australian tennis, but don’t sell Sam Groth, or Marinko Matosevic short. Kyrgios was bundled out of the US Open third round by veteran Spaniard and 16th seed Tommy Robredo 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3, but the youngster showed he has the raw ability to make it into the world’s top […]
Bill Pulver and the ARU are to be commended for taking a more flexible attitude to Wallabies playing overseas. Currently, if any Wallabies representative plays overseas he gives up his right to play for the men in gold. From 2016, a yet to be determined number of Wallabies will be allowed one-year sabbatical contracts overseas, […]
Recall the stink the ex-Wallaby coach Robbie Deans caused when he overlooked first choice Quade Cooper for James O’Connor as fly-half against the Lions? After an uninspiring draw and a record flogging by the All Blacks, current Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie has done basically the same by ignoring first choice fly-half Bernard Foley for both […]
Ever since Jason Clare and Kate Lundy told the nation “This is the blackest day in Australian sport,” the outlook has only grown darker. We were told 18 months ago that drug taking among our elite sportsmen was “rife,” and subsequently Essendon and Cronulla were the worst. If it’s “rife”, and that’s a sweeping statement, […]
Having watched the Wallabies’ dismal 51-20 record loss to the All Blacks, Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian swim team, and the combination of Stuart Appleby and Jason Day restored Australia’s credibility on the international sporting stage. Ricciardo won his third Formula One Grad Prix of the year in Belgium, beating world championship leader Nico Rosburg and […]
While the Wallabies were being hammered by a record 51-20 at Eden Park on Saturday night, Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie must have had second thoughts about his selections. The names readily spring to mind – Nic White, Matt Toomua, Scott Fardy and Sam Carter for starters, and why were Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Will Skelton […]