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,
Ryan Harris’ troublesome knees have finally felled the gutsy paceman forever. On the eve of the first Ashes Test, the 35-year-old has retired from all forms of cricket.
When Michael Cheika named his extended Wallaby squad of 40 for the Rugby Championship, he gave himself plenty of room to move.
Sir Donald Bradman has often been described as a strict disciplinarian, arrogant, hard-nosed, and difficult to get on with, but in the 30-odd meetings I was privileged to have with him he was exactly the opposite.
Generations apart, Archie Jackson, Neil Harvey, and Doug Walters were all 19 when they cracked Ashes centuries on debut.
In the 130 Test matches played at Lord’s, no bowler has made such a stunning debut than Australian medium-pacer Bob Massie with his match figures of 16-137 in June 1972.
The Ashes invariably brings out the best in Australian and English cricket, none more so than the Centenary Test at the MCG in 1977.