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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Campo - A David Campese Tribute

Campo - A David Campese Tribute

One of rugby's greatest characters, both on and off the pitch. With 64 tries in 101 Tests for Australia, David 'Campo' Campese is a true legend of the game.

He played to entertain and to enjoy himself. Since his two try debut against the All Blacks in 1982, Campese has represented his country at fullback and on the wing, winning everything from Bledisloe Cups to Grand Slam tours to the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

His willingness to take chances and make mistakes resulted in more than a handful of memorable moments, particularly for the Barbarians in 1984 and in the 1991 World Cup Semi Final against New Zealand.

Having eventually moved on from playing rugby, Campo took to coaching (The Sharks in Durban, South Africa) as well as running his own sports store in a Sydney suburb.

It isn't often the rugby world witnesses a player as expressive as Campese and to acknowledge this, Rugbydump salutes him with this tribute. Thanks for the memories.

Time: 04:14
Song: Wonderwall by Oasis

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:25 pm | View Comments (31)

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Anonymous December 27, 2008 9:55 pm

anyone that makes a comment below this one is lame... anyways campese is a ledge

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No.5 December 27, 2008 10:34 pm

anyone who comments above this one is a prick!anyway, i was gonna say that i have seen many more games and know more about brian o'driscoll than campese, but i preferred this video.i think this video showed a lot more of the rugby involved, like setting up the tries, whereas the BOD one just showed him finishing off a lot of tries......i know that the BOD video shows him dodging and weaving and using his pace but seeing someone or a team setting up a try is more impressive than the last man catching it and touching it down.....not that im saying BOD isnt impressive or he isnt a good playing, i think he is fantastic, i just prefer what the videos show of campese rather than the BOD one!

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AngusOg91 December 27, 2008 10:47 pm

Nice music choice, sort of gives you that nostalgic feeling, you know?I wonder how good would he still be if he played today

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Manfred December 27, 2008 11:02 pm

Campese always was a threat to the opponent defense, a shame that he never learned to tackle.

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Anonymous December 27, 2008 11:04 pm

Still, at least his defence was good.........

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azer December 28, 2008 12:29 am

the video is nice but the music sucks. why would you ruin the commentator with a stupid song?

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Anonymous December 28, 2008 1:39 am

what a legend.

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chris ash, syd Aust December 28, 2008 1:56 am

CAMPasesie... marvellous just marvellous.great era of oz rugby... hopefully more to come.

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Anonymous December 28, 2008 1:57 am

Rugbydump keep these player tributes coming there awesome!Maybe a new one of wilko, shane williams, carter, Rupeni Cacaueenbuccatron meh i dunno how to spell his name lol..But yeah keep it up RugbyDump Your awesome!

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Ricol December 28, 2008 2:35 am

Haha thank you very much rugby dump!Great player, a shame that he said some bad comments about argentina in the world cup.Nevertheless, awsome winger.

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Anonymous December 28, 2008 3:02 am

Keep making this tributes plz, i will like a lot a "Tribute to Side Step" A compilation of amazing side step will be great

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Anonymous December 28, 2008 3:02 am

Thank U

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peter December 28, 2008 4:04 am

the video doesn't work !f"ck!

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joost December 28, 2008 7:29 am

awesome tribute rugby dump. lets see some more tributes from some more vintage southern hemisphere players. lets see mediazone remove that!!rock on!!!

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David December 28, 2008 8:50 am

One of the all tie greatest ever wingers, what an entertainer. Up there with Lomu, Evans and Gerald Davies

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Anonymous December 28, 2008 11:11 am

um is campese dead or was that just a tribute to him?? and does anyone know where i can see the video of him kicking around a ball during the new zealand haka???

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Tyler December 28, 2008 9:42 pm

i want to see a vdeo of him kicking around through a haka too, i looked forever but nothing

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Anonymous December 28, 2008 11:15 pm

keep these tribute videos coming, unreal

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chris ash, syd Aust December 29, 2008 1:57 am

hehe @ http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3551_4686479,00.html

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chris ash, syd Aust December 29, 2008 1:58 am

oops the link got cut off:http://tinyurl.com/9ga64j

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Anonymous December 29, 2008 2:11 am

If you break it down (and your welcome to disagree with me) I don't think he was that great a player. His stats may be impressive but were any of those tries mesmeric? Maybe the one against the Barbars but there are still much better. He didn't have any outstanding characteristics, e.g. pace, power, strength, tackling and I think he is vastly over-rated. In person, he's a great chap though and nice to talk to. Ed

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Ryan December 29, 2008 3:23 am

it's funny you say that anonymous..everything i've heard is that he's an awesome player, way ahead of his time (except, yes, he wasn't too good on defence), and off the field he's a complete douche bag.. but that's just what i've heard.

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Cheyanqu December 29, 2008 4:38 pm

"ManLaw":0:48 -- Never overdub Bill McLaren when he's speaking.Other than that, great compilation, and good song choice.

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Anonymous December 29, 2008 7:20 pm

I hope Aussie fans won't take offense to this as it really is a compliment. I never looked at Australian players in the legendary category, tho you do have and have had dozens of players who could be called so. I always viewed Wallaby greats as part of amazing teams, as opposed to say several NH and Kiwi teams which were amazing individuals in good team set ups. (Johna, Johnny, Habana in their respected "great years" etc) I always reveled in the fact that when the wallabies were great, it was down to overall team quality and the fact selection was never dominated by past achievements or popularity of the players, rather form and relative experience dictated the team. Campese was always the exception to this. When i was 5/6 watching rugby he was my hero in a string of great Australian teams, he always stood out as legendary where other players, regardless of talent did not appear greater then the sum of the Aussie team.Hope Wallaby's understand what i mean. A Campese loving Englishman

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Cheyanqu December 29, 2008 8:31 pm

Campese loving Englishman,Great insights on Campo. In watcing the clips, you do see definitely that he capitalized on the class of many players around him -- some brilliant kicks from Lynagh and Ella to set up quite a few of his tries.There are however, plenty of "something from nothing" tries on this compilation -- which look very similar to what Shane Williams has been doing over his career. One quick step and gone.

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mitch December 30, 2008 1:33 pm

top 4 wings of all time1.lomu2.campo3.shane williams4.gerald daviesthanks rd and keep the tributes comin

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Anonymous January 02, 2009 3:20 am

to "campese loving englishmen",who thinks that there is no Australian players in the "legendary category" how is it then that Australia has consistently been one of the best teams in world rugby? i don't think Australia could be so competitive, for so long just because of their "overall team quality" there is always "legendary" players in the great teams.anyway great video, great playerGood work rugbydump

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Full Back September 17, 2011 2:36 pm

I think you missed the point

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Raul January 05, 2009 11:59 pm

Awesome. Great music, great video!

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Anonymous November 07, 2009 1:00 am

He made me want to play the game. Legand! Campese, Blanco, Geoghan.

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Scarlet Beast May 03, 2012 11:20 pm

Great video but why no goose step?

Thanks Rugbydump.

I don´t know why everybody rates Jona Lomu so highly. He had size and speed, but no skills. Yes he was arguably the first rugby superstar, but it was for the wrong reasons. People saw a giant running over some players and some teams. He couldn´t defend at all.
Dont get me wrong I´m not anti Lomu or anti Kiwi he seems like a great guy but would you pick him over someone like Jeff Wilson or Joe Roff that could help out the fullback?

Sorry for posting this here but so many mention Lomu I had to ask

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