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
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- Favourite Sports:
- Cricket, League, Rugby,
The summer began with Steve Smith, the undisputed premier Test batsman in the world rankings, being chosen as drinks waiter in the ICC’s Test team of the year.
Alan Davidson has been credited as the first to score a 100 runs and take ten wickets in the same Test when he scored 44 and 80 in the 1960 tied Test against the West Indies at the Gabba, and captured 5-135 off 30 overs, and 6-87 off 24.6.
Steve Smith’s passion and dedication is without question, if he could play for Australia every day of year he’d have a smile from ear to ear.
The Brisbane Heat-Melbourne Renegades Big Bash clash at the Gabba last night was meaningful to both sides in front of a record crowd of 35,112.
Nobody thought Denis Istomin could beat defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the second round of the at Melbourne Park – and that included the bespectacled 30-year-old from Uzbekistan.
When Nick Kyrgios led veteran Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1 7-6 3-2 in the second round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park last night it was all over bar the handshakes at the net.