The return of that Campo flair?

The return of that Campo flair?

Love him or hate him, Campo is still Australia’s leading try scorer (64), with almost double those of his nearest rival Chris Latham (33). Looking at the footage in this clip, you can’t help but feel nostalgic about the unpredictability that he used to inject into any backline. To many Wallaby rugby fans, David Campese represented what Australian rugby is quintessentially about; excitement and risk. It’s what differentiates Union from League.

In recent times, under Eddie Jones this mercurial quality was all but stamped out of the Wallaby back three. League imports Tuquiri and Sailor, along with Clyde Rathbone brought size and power at the expense of Campo flair; the one exception being flashes from Chris Latham.

So what’s been encouraging over recent test matches has been the blooding of Mitchell, Iaone and Huxley. Are we seeing a return to Campo’s rugby guile over brawn? We can only hope.


Matt started G&GR just before the 2007 Rugby World Cup and has been enslaved ever since. Follow him on twitter: @MattRowley

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