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,
Turn the clock back a month to the most bizarre demands to ever surface in an Ashes series – the 82-page dietary guide and 194 menus dreamed up for the Australian hotels and grounds by the English Cricket Board’s performance nutritionist Chris Rosimus. It was a ‘War and Peace’ publication on what the precious English […]
Brad Haddin and Quade Cooper are kindred spirits. Both are vice-captains of their country, both the most pilloried sportsmen in Australia of late. And both have done exactly what you’d expect quality to do, shove their performances right up the knockers’ noses. The knockers are silenced. The ‘too old, can’t play’ 36-year-young Haddin has kept […]
If you want to buy into a Test cricket argument, there’s no better place to start than Shane Watson. Even his knockers will agree the 32-year-old has immense talent. But it’s how he applies that talent between his ears. Yesterday at Adelaide Oval in the second Ashes Test, he failed yet again to convert a […]
If head curator Damian Hough’s not too sure how the new drop-in wicket at Adelaide Oval will play, where does that leave Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook at toss time tomorrow? “I think it will be a bit slower than a normal Adelaide wicket, but it should assist the spinners,” was Hough’s rating. Best to […]
There are 101 countries playing international rugby of a sort, the IRB rankings pretty much tell the story. The “haves” – the All Blacks ranked 1, Boks (2), and Wallabies (3), The “have nots” – England (4), Wales (5), France (6), Ireland (7), Scotland (9), and Italy (13). And the “never wills” – the other […]
All I’ve been hearing about lately are the Wallaby prospects for the 2015 Rugby World Cup that is 655 days away. This columnist won’t be mentioning the tournament for at least 600 of them. The more important discussion is the now – and Ben Mowen – the most pilloried Wallaby captain in my near 50 […]