Posts Tagged "David Campese"
Controversial former Wallabies winger David Campese has launched another attack on Australia coach Robbie Deans and predicts the upcoming Lions tour will descend into a boring penalty-fest.
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Renowned England-baiter David Campese waded into the row Thursday over how many Red Rose players should be in the British and Irish Lions squad for the tour of Australia.
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I’m not in the habit of defending men, but David Campese’s tweet earlier this week has compelled me to stray from tradition.
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Wallabies legend David Campese has apologised after being reprimanded by Federal Sports Minister Kate Lundy for questioning whether a female newspaper journalist should write about rugby.
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Ahh David Campese. So “girls” shouldn’t have any opinion on male sports, eh? You! Of all people, the respected, former enigmatic Wallaby, now commentator and columnist, actually stooped to such ignorance?
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Currently, the pro-Robbie Deans alliance is nowhere to be seen. Its affiliates have either gone very quiet or membership numbers have shrunk to record lows.
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Robbie Deans says he’d gladly have David Campese hand out Wallabies jerseys before a match again despite the champion winger declaring the coach should be sacked for “destroying Australian rugby”.
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Since the Wallabies imploded yet again Sunday morning Australian time, there have been upwards of a dozen analyses of the defeat posted on The Roar.
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A lot of Roarers make the point about how much bigger, faster, and stronger the players of today are. And I agree with them. But my concerns lie more around how the basic skills have been neglected in the process.
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Recent events have crystallised a particular thought in my mind: rugby union culture doesn’t fully understand how to guide, promote and maintain superstars.
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Who is arguably the best player to have pulled on the gold of the Wallabies in the last century? John Eales? Stephen Larkham? David Campese? Nick Farr-Jones? Tim Horan?
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It’s been interesting reading some of the comments on my columns from the armchair experts asking why I talk so much and don’t do something to help Australian rugby at grassroots level.
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I first gained an appreciation for rugby in 1991, staying up late in my HSC year for some unknown reason to watch the 1991 World Cup final against England (and managing to fall asleep for the second half).
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I realise that when most people read the headline above they’ll probably shake their heads and wonder what nonsense may follow.
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As an Australian living in South Africa, it has been interesting watching the Olympics, when so far the South Africans have three gold medals and the Australians, who finished 6th overall in 2008, have the same number.
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All of the recent talk here on The Roar regarding the performance of the Australian Super Rugby teams has revolved around a couple of key points.
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I was invited to Zimbabwe by the IRB to help them prepare for the Under 20s World Championship B division in the USA. When I arrived at Harare, it was inspiring to see that, despite their financial challenges, the team was motivated, enthusiastic and genuinely proud to be there.
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One thing I’ve noticed about both the Super Rugby season and the Northern versus Southern Hemisphere internationals is the lack of impact that so called ‘impact players’ are having off the bench.
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In the fallout from the Wallaby loss to Scotland and the various complaints regarding Wallaby player depth, I thought I would conduct an exercise of thinking ‘outside the box’ with regards to the pool of players available for selection.
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Now that I’m predominantly based in South Africa, I’ve gained a unique perspective on the ongoing growth of rugby in the country. And it’s something the ARU should take note of.
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