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.
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- February 2011
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- Anything Green and Gold
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- Cricket, League, Rugby, Tennis,
Wallaby coach Robbie Deans may well be forced to select his nemesis Quade Cooper in the final six squad berths to meet the Lions – whether he wants to or not. First choice Wallaby fly-half James O’Connor won’t be a starter tonight for the Rebels against the Waratahs at AAMI Park. That’s the second game [...]
It’s taken a dozen rounds, but Matt Lucas has at last been promoted to Waratahs starting half-back, and will now figure in Wallaby calculations for June 11. Lucas takes over from Brendan McKibbin as one of the four changes as the men-in-blue keep alive their play-off chances. It’s nice to see Berrick Barnes back in [...]
Just as well Wallaby coach Robbie Deans is a resilient character. He’s copping it left, right, and centre over the 25-man squad he’s selected for the three-Test series against the Lions. More especially for leaving Quade Cooper out, when the vast majority of fans rate the Queenslander streets ahead of his peers. So rather than [...]
If the Wallabies are to beat the Lions in their three-Test series, Will Genia must play for 240 minutes. It’s as simple as that. The champion half-back is irreplaceable. It doesn’t matter if coach Robbie Deans picks Nic White, Nick Phipps, Matt Lucas, Brett Sheehan, or even Luke Burgess as back-up. None of them are [...]
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. [...]