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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Under siege Wallaby coach Michael Cheika has been pilloried from all four points of the compass over the season.
There are 19 contenders for national selectors Rod Marsh, Mark Waugh, Darren Lehmann, and Trevor Hohns to consider for the opening Test of a busy summer, starting at the WACA against South Africa next week.
Michael Cheika has not wanted to switch fullback Israel Folau to outside centre this campaign, but with Samu Kerevi recovering from ankle surgery and missing the end of year tour, the time is right.
Wallabies flanker Dean Mumm has been both lucky and unlucky in the side’s current campaign.
There have only been 27 Grand Slam tours of the UK and Ireland since the first in 1905-06, the Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks each embarking on nine of the tours in their respective histories.
In the first nine games of this campaign, Wallaby half Nick Phipps was a regular pain in the butt, playing traffic cop organising his backline with the ball at his feet, delivering passes all over the shop, and chirping the referee.