1. David Ian Campese, AM , also known as Campo, is a former Australian rugby union player.
2. Campese was capped by the Wallabies 101 times, and held the world record for the most tries in test matches until Daisuke Ohata scored his 65th try playing for Japan on 14 May 2006.
3. He was voted player of the tournament at the 1991 Rugby World Cup after scoring nine tries in tests that season and six in the tournament.
4. He is famous for his “goose-step” — a hitch-kick motion which left opponents stumbling to try to tackle him.
5. Born on 21 October 1962, Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Campese played touch rugby in his late teens and early stages of his professional career.
6. After one year playing fourth grade for the Queanbeyan Whites, he was elevated to first grade club rugby.
7. After only three years playing rugby union for the Queanbeyan Whites, at age 19, he was selected at fullback for the Australian under 21 side.
8. He played for Australia as captain until 1996, playing with John Eales in more than 30 tests.
9. Campese was a standout performer at fullback for the Australian under 21s side.
10. Dwyer recalled in his autobiography, The Winning Way, that Campese had “cut the Fijian defence to shreds”.
11. One week later against the New Zealand under 21s, Campese scored a tremendous try to the astonishment of the Sydney crowd.
12. In the book, David Campese, former Australian coach Alan Jones recalls,
13. However, Campese continued his dazzling form in early provincial matches on tour, and at age 19, was chosen to play his first Test match for Australia.
14. Prior to his first Test Campese was asked by an Australian journalist how he felt marking the All Black great Stu Wilson and responded by saying “Stu who?”
15. Such a statement came as a shock to the New Zealand press, who were quick to write Campese as a brash and arrogant young player.
16. However, Campese made a tremendous impression on New Zealand soil by outfoxing the legendary Wilson, widely regarded then as the best winger in the world at the time, by utilising the goose-step.