David Campese is a former Australian rugby union player who played 101 tests for Australia. He played in two positions, wing and fullback, throughout his successful career. Campese played for a number of domestic sides throughout his career, most notably for New South Wales between 1987 and 1998.
Campese made his international debut for the Wallabies in 1982 on a tour of New Zealand, in which he scored a try in both of his first two tests. Just one year later he equalled the then Australian record for most tries in a test match; Campese scored a fantastic four tries against the USA. He was a part of the 1984 squad that won rugby union’s ‘Grand Slam’- this squad was the first Australian side to defeat all four home nations on a tour, the teams were England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
Records continued to be broken by Campese and in the 1987 World Cup he became the then world record holder for most tries scored by an international- he achieved this incredible feat in a defeat to France in the semi-final. The 1991 World Cup saw Campese named ‘player of the tournament’ after he finished with the joint-most tries throughout the tournament. His performances during this World Cup was a huge factor in Australia being crowned champions of the world; it was at this point Campese earnt legendary status throughout Australia and will be remembered as one of the countries best players of all time.
Campese continued to excel at both domestic and international level, scoring a huge number of points wherever he played. He was also a renowned rugby sevens player and made 12 appearances at the Hong Kong Sevens, during which he was part of a three-time victorious Australian side.
A confident and charismatic character, Campese often talks about his wonderful career as a rugby union player. An inspirational character and perfect rugby speaker for your event, David Campese is available to hire.