Campese: Players lack skill

2012-05-12 15:07

Cape Town - Former Wallaby wing David Campese believes most current rugby players wouldn't have made the grade in his era as they lack skill.

According the Planet Rugby website, Campese feels the skill level of the modern player is far inferior to that of his generation.

The 49-year-old Campese played 101 Tests between 1982 and 1996, scoring 64 tries.

"In reality, I think more than half of today's players wouldn't have cut it in my era. 

"Sure, the players today are faster and stronger, but they're no way near as skilful.

"Think about the great teams I played with. We played like a team. And we played because we enjoyed it.

"These days, players don't know how to play as part of a team. All they think about is themselves.

"So to all you critics who think that the modern players have it over players from my era, let me tell you this: Players from my generation would have run rings around them."

Campese says in his era players were taught to play the situation, rather than follow strict orders from coaches.

"We didn't need to watch a video to know what to do because players made the decisions back then.

"Coaches gave us the plan and we carried it out. If we didn't, we would get dropped.

"Back then, half-time breaks were often spent on the field itself, without the coach around.

"These days, the water runners are all over the park, running out directions for the team to follow.

"I know of a Super Rugby coach who used to sit on top of the grandstand and display coloured lights for players to know what to do," said Campese, referring to when Rassie Erasmus coached the Cheetahs and sat on top of the grandstand at the Free State Stadium.


  • martblore - 2012-05-12 15:28

    His head is so far up his own ass its a joke.. typical aussie...

      Inky - 2012-05-13 10:29

      Campo is right. I recently viewed the 1973/4 British lions and the skill levels 38 years ago are far superior to the current levels. They achieved this without high tech balls, boots etc and on grounds that were very crude compared to the modern fields.

  • Pagel - 2012-05-12 15:30

    Campese must be smoking something. Any super rugby team will likely destroy the Wallabies that won the world cup in '91. It is not a fair comparison though (and here is my only sympathy for Campese's argument) - that was before the official professional era so you could not expect the same form from players as you would today - judge a legend in the era he played. He is right though that players had more passion and was less focussed on money.

  • Craig - 2012-05-12 15:38

    Can I also have some of the hallucegenic stuff he's on???????

  • Peter - 2012-05-12 15:55

    A pity he is too old to prove it to us ! :-(

  • LongSword - 2012-05-12 16:04

    Typical old Australian arrogance. I wish he was on the field with Bakkies on the opposite side. Pls!

  • LongSword - 2012-05-12 16:04

    Typical old Australian arrogance. I wish he was on the field with Bakkies on the opposite side. Pls!

  • Alistair Collair - 2012-05-12 16:07

    Gents you probably tooo young to have seen the guys from his era and that include the Boks /Blacks /French etc ...

  • Noel - 2012-05-12 16:49

    As he now lives in SA ... he is probably right ... pity there is no way to test the opinion ...

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-12 20:36

    Before professionalism campo.

  • Tappies - 2012-05-13 06:29

    Today's players are show-ponies!!..guys like Danie Gerber, Mannetjies Roux, Gert Muller, Joggie Jansen, Hannes Viljoen, Ray Mordt , Carel du Plessis, jan Ellis, Hennie Muller , Rob Louw etc etc...and lots of others would run rings around today's professional players!!..I agree with Campese... the older guys had more skills and they played the game because the loved the its all about money and dancing and is not rugby's a boring game.

  • Addie - 2012-05-13 10:55

    Shame Campo!! It's is a pity your skills didn't include how to tackle an opponent properly, otherwise Pieter Hendriks wouldn't have scored his try in the opener of the RWC in 95!!

  • Addie - 2012-05-13 11:31

    It is a pity your skills don't include proper Tackling!!!! Remember 1995 - O sorry probably too old now?

  • aldrich.fritz - 2012-05-23 15:52

    Skill was when Pieter Hendriks showed you a clean pair of heals in the 1995 World Cup...Campo, you lacked tackling skill that day, hoor !!!

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