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    Campo 'wouldn't cut it today'

    Campo 'wouldn't cut it today'
    By Iain Payten in Durban
    August 27, 2008 12:00am
    Campo | The Daily Telegraph

    FORMER Wallabies captain George Gregan has launched a stinging attack on Australian rugby legend David Campese, questioning whether the try-scoring maestro would have cut it in the professional era.

    In his newly-released autobiography, Gregan asserts Campese would not have been so successful playing in the modern game due to his dodgy defence and his trademark scything attack being shut down by improved tackling standards.

    And the controversial halfback also accuses Campese - an ARU Hall of Fame member and still the world record holder for most Test tries (64) - of being a bully towards younger teammates and playing "master-servant" mind-games with them.

    "I only played with Campo at the back end of his career but based on that experience I wonder if he would have survived for long in the professional game because he did have weaknesses in his game the opposition would hone in on," Gregan writes.

    "He was fragile in defence and though he wasn't slow he wasn't lightning quick either. His awareness on the field was ahead of his time, his kicking game was excellent and his sense of anticipation was uncanny, but there are quite a few guys like that in 21st century rugby. Only faster.

    "Similarly, he was fantastic at creating space but defensive strategies in modern rugby have evolved dramatically in the past 15 years. In his day, for example, he'd cut back inside and be confronted by slow-footed forwards, but nowadays the forwards make those tackles eight times out of 10. For his time he was a quality player with wonderful skills.

    "But that was then . . ."

    Gregan says his early experiences of touring involved Campese making rookie teammates change outside their hotel room if he was sleeping - but watch TV in the middle of the night himself - and also fetch him fruit from the hotel lobby.

    "Ricky Stuart had once advised me if I was ever dealing with Campo not to get caught in the master-servant game," Gregan continues.

    Asked for a response yesterday, Campese refused to get drawn into a slanging match with Gregan and didn't want to legitimise Gre- gan's criticisms.

    "George is trying to sell a book and everyone is entitled to an opinion," Campese said.

    "For example, my opinion is that Gregan will go down as being remembered for making one tackle and then living off it for the next 15 years."



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    George that was then this is now, you cannot compare grounds, players, fitness all was different. Let us remember all for what they were when they played.

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    hows that not getting into a slanging match bud?

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    thats a pretty cheap shot, I don't see how you can compare between Amatuer and Professional eras.

    I dont see how you compare between eras in any sport

    I liked Campos rebuttal

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    ahaha Gregan ur a little man and your big words don't make up for it. Campo's response is gold

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    It is a good response but it doesn't change the fact that Campo, achievements with the Wallabies aside, is a complete tool. Plus his try scoring record has been broken for about the past two years by one of the Japanese wingers- can't remember his name.

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    I had respect for Gregan, but his comments as expressed above considerably diminish it.

    Campesi has his faults, but aggrandising himself at the expense of others is not one of them.

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    Campo - when playing - was then, and will still remain, one of my all-time heroes and favourite players. He's a bit of a dick in his media role but still an absolute legend of the game.

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    disapointing to see greats of the game slanging off to sell books

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    I've always liked Campo, even more now that he says what he thinks, backs his beliefs 100% and doesn't buy into PC crap.

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    what is it with ex "greats" (players) coming out and bagging previous players and present.

    Gregan could talk the ear off the refs (with crap) and is doing the same now with the public with this rubbish.

    Go to Japan and enjoy your life and shut up about rugby in OZ being a bore and getting stuck into another super stars who pulled on the gold of the wallabies strip

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    obviously pre-sales of his book aren't going so well
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    no one ordered in advance...

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    there you go
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    i dont see what he said that was bad, its pretty much true!
    (i dont know about the bully part, i mean the defensive part!)
    but campo has bagged the crap outta gregan in recent years so he cant really take offense to gregan giving it back!

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