ABOUT DAVID CAMPESE

David Campese is a household name in world rugby. Many view David as one of the greatest and most entertaining rugby players to have ever graced the rugby field. Representing Australia for over 15 years and New South Wales for 11 years, he was the first man to achieve a world record 64 tries.

To add to his credentials, he was first man in Australian history to play 101 tests for his country and is one out of only a handful of players worldwide that has achieved this accolade.

Despite being retired for over 20 years, David’s resounding impact on the game is still evident in his controversial yet consistently accurate opinion on the game which continues to entertain and resonate throughout the international rugby world.

COACHING CAREER

AUSTRALIA

BMW Kids Clinics around Australia

Sydney University and Sevens Program

Kids Coaching Clinics

INTERNATIONAL

Singapore (1998)

Coach of National Team

New Zealand (2004/5)

Murray Mexted International Academy

Japan (last 10 years)

Coaching schools

South Africa (2005-2008)

2 Years coaching Natal Sharks – Skills and academy

1 Year Coaching Director of Northwood Boys High School

Tonga (2010)

Consultant for Tonga Sevens Team for preparation for Commonwealth Games

Malaysia

Coaching Hong Kong Rugby Juniors

PLAYING CAREER

Rugby Career (1982 – 1996)

  • Australia’s first player to reach 101 Tests
  • World record try-scorer with 64
  • Leading try scorer at 1991 World Cup with six from six games
  • Voted Player of Tournament at 1991 World Cup
  • Test debut at age 19 against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1982
  • Scored tries in first two Tests
  • Equaled Australian try-scoring record for single Test with four against USA in 1983
  • Member of 1984 Grand Slam winning Wallabies
  • Member of 1986 Bledisloe Cup winning Wallabies
  • Broke try-scoring world record in 1987 World Cup semi-final against France
  • Named in Team of the Decade by Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook in 1989
  • Member of 1991 World Cup winning Wallabies
  • Member of 1992 Bledisloe Cup winning Wallabies
  • Scored 50th Test try against South Africa in Cape Town in 1992
  • Member of 1994 Bledisloe Cup winning Wallabies
  • Played in first three World Cups in 1987, 1991 and 1995
  • Made 100th Test appearance against Italy in Padua in 1996
  • Played last Test against Wales in Cardiff in 1996
  • Captained Australian Sevens team to Commonwealth Games bronze in 1998

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

55th Oscars midi olympique (Paris 2008)

David traveled to London recently in Nov 2008 to collect his award – the ‘Legends’ Oscar for being voted the best winger in the World

AUSTRALIAN MEDAL (AM) (Australia 2003)

Once a year, a select group of Australians chosen from all professions and walks of life are honoured with this award by the Australian Government. This is symbol of David’s outstanding service, commitment and influence for a rugby career that spanned 15 years.

Centurians award (London 2002)

In a prestigious ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in London, David, Philippe Sella of France and Jason Leonard of England were honoured for being the only three rugby players in the history of rugby to play more than 100 Rugby Tests.

Induction into rugby hall of fame (London 2002)

Being inducted into the Rugby Hall of fame is the ultimate accolade in a rugby player’s career. Rugby journalists worldwide nominate a select amount of retired players of which 10 are chosen for the induction. Being inducted into the hall of fame is internationally Rugby’s greatest honour and represents the ‘greats’ of rugby past and present.

Fair play award (Italy 2002)

This initiative aims at awarding Prizes to important and significant personalities and/or National and International Sport Institutions because of noteworthy initiatives and behaviours concerning fields that link sport to civil society and that represent high moral values in the specific field of the Fair Play and in some issues belonging to the same theme.

Player of the tournament – Rugby World Cup 1991

This award is considered the most prestige’s award in World Rugby. David’s outstanding performance throughout the tournament ensured he was the unrivalled winner of this award.