David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David 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
The Bledisloe Cup beckons but there’s plenty to discuss before then in this week’s edition of Coach’s Corner, a whole 62 minutes of it. That Rassie Erasmus video and the Wallabies’ inspiring 33-30 win over France should provide more than enough discussion points to chew the fat.
When all of the nonsense associated with this Lions versus South Africa series is stripped away – and that will take some doing – what will be left is a measure of both sides against rugby’s base elements.
British & Irish Lions fullback Stuart Hogg has denied he bit rival Willie le Roux on the arm during Saturday’s tempestuous 27-9 defeat to South Africa after accusations surfaced on social media following the match.
“I can tell you what, he’s very very lucky not to get a red card,” said former Springbok, Breyton Paulse at halftime. The 27-9 victory to South Africa sets up an intriguing, and likely fiery, series decider.