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 Sporting Team:
- Anything Green and Gold
- Favourite Sports:
- Cricket, League, Rugby, Tennis,
Having been overlooked by Wallaby coach Robbie Deans for the initial 25-man squad to meet the Lions, Quade Cooper’s international career is hanging by a thread. On the other side of the coin is Berrick Banes, who has yet to play 60 minutes in two trips off the Waratahs’ bench after injury. Barnes has emerged [...]
Controversial fly-half Quade Cooper was overlooked by Wallaby coach Robbie Deans when he named his initial 25-man squad to meet the Lions next month in a three-Test series. Six more names will be added by June 11, which translates to Cooper still having a second chance. “Right now Quade is not up to Test standard. [...]
The Waratahs can thank utility back Berrick Barnes for their gripping 28-22 win over the front-running Brumbies at ANZ Stadium last night. Barnes came on from the bench for the second half to replace the injured Rob Horne. Up to that point the Brumbies led 13-6, with the Waratahs playing like lost sheep, despite winning [...]
ARU boss Bill Pulver is pottering with Israel Folau and if he’s not careful he’ll lose him. Pulver has just today and tomorrow to lock Folau into a contract to take him through to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The edict – sign for two more years, or you won’t be in the 25-man Wallaby [...]
Whatever possessed head-coach Robbie Deans to officially seek Wallaby selection advice in writing from the five Australian Super franchise coaches? Waratah coach Michael Cheika sensibly didn’t want any part of it, but the other four did with staggering results. No Israel Folau, no Quade Cooper and no George Smith in their collective 23-strong starting XV [...]
“There will be ball movement, don’t you worry about that, in order to win”. Wallaby coach Robbie Deans said those vital words earlier in the month, explaining how his men-in-gold will beat the Lions. Not movement off the boot, but through the hands – the way the Wallabies used to play. No doubt Deans will [...]