Legends at the Melrose Sevens -The stars who’ve graced the hallowed turf
-National team; Australia
-No. of Caps; 101
-No. of points; 315
World Cup 1991
-Appeared at the 1990 Melrose Sevens with Randwick RFC
In 1990 the Melrose faithful were fortunate enough to witness the epic try scoring ability of David Campese, when he was already a long established name in world rugby. The flamboyant Australian had turned heads on the “Grand Slam” tour of Britain and Ireland in 1984, before his disastrous mistake cost Australia the test series against the British Lions. Among the members of that victorious Lions side was Melrose captain Craig Chalmers. But if he thought that Campese’s confidence was gone then he was rudely mistaken. The Australian’s unrivalled swerve, combined with ruthless last-minute opportunism, allowed his club Randwick FC to scrap past the hosts in the semi final.
Fittingly Randwick’s Melrose campaign climaxed in final victory, with Campese finishing as the top points scorer with 44. Many a Melrose Sevens veteran can better the majority of rugby lovers, who first glimpsed at Campese’s majestic rugby at the World Cup of 1991. A lucky 14,000 saw the most entertaining winger in rugby history give one of the most dominant performances in tournament history.