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,
New Wallaby coach Michael Cheika dealt Australian rugby a royal flush with his first cards on the table to meet the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday. Four selections stand out. Naming the tireless Matt Hodgson as skipper for the opener is a masterstroke, recognising the huge season he had leading the Force. The selection of […]
When will the rugby stone-throwing in glass houses fraternity realise nothing is ever set in concrete within the 15-man code? Nothing, nil, nought, zero, ziltch, zip. The current Kurtley Beale affair is the perfect example, the 1984 Grand Slam Wallabies another. After four hours of the code of conduct independent tribunal hearing last Friday night, […]
Former Test skipper and opening batsman Mark Taylor turned 50 yesterday, while current Test opener David Warner turned 28. But there was precious little for both to celebrate. Taylor was on television commentary duty at the SCG to call his state NSW being thumped by Western Australia to the tune of 64 runs in the […]
New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has sent a powerfui message to his troops – Kurtley Beale won’t be invited to join his teammates on the spring tour. Once Beale was fined $45,000 on Friday night by the Code of Conduct tribunal for sending a lewd text to Di Patston, the Wallabies business manager, it was […]
Sanity resumed at ARU headquarters last night with Kurtley Beale fined $45,000 for breaching the Code of Conduct, but free to join the Wallabies end of year tour. The Wallabies left yesterday for their tour while Beale was giving the evidence that saved his career. “I’m happy the evidence presented to the tribunal did not […]
How new Wallabies coach Michael Cheika treats Will Genia, Will Skelton and the uncapped Kyle Godwin and Henry Speight will be key moments on the Spring Tour. The 33-man squad leaves today for a five-game tour, playing on successive Saturdays throughout November. It’s ideal the first game is more of a ‘social’ outing against the […]