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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Skills coach Mick Byrne is the most important link in the Wallaby camp right now.
As the beleaguered Parramatta Eels farewelled their home ground with a brilliant 30-18 win over the Dragons last night, the game also farewelled Monday night football.
Round 2 of the Rugby Championship at the weekend featured two French referees – Romain Poite who controlled the All Blacks-Wallaby international at Wellington, and Jerome Garces the Argentina-South Africa clash at the exotically named Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena in Salta.
The rumblings are getting louder to sack Michael Cheika as Wallaby coach.
Reece Hodge is potentially the most exciting young Wallaby back since David Campese hit the headlines on debut in 1982.
With injuries to Matt Giteau, Matt Toomua, and Rob Horne, Michael Cheika was forced to make changes, and that got him in the mood to keep going after last week’s 42-8 hammering by the All Blacks at ANZ.