Sampson talks up a storm on flying visit

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am

There's a famous Australian play about another football code in Australia - AFL. Alan Hopgood's play is titled And the Big Men Fly. But in the case of Justin Sampson, the big men fly to Hong Kong and around the region to commentate on games and be MC at various rugby dinners.

Singapore-based Sampson has been studio commentator for the past three Rugby World Cups with ESPN Star Sports.

Yesterday, he was at the KPMG lunch at the HKFC with Stephen Larkham, then darted faster than any player to the tryline to the HKRFU/IME hospitality tents on the grounds of the Indian Recreation Club, across the road from the stadium.

'These days, the definition of optimism is an investment banker ironing five shirts on a Sunday evening,' he said.

Sampson hails from a farm in the western New South Wales town of Cobar.

At least it's not up there with the silliest place names in Australia like: Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Diehard, 1770, Come-By-Chance, Yorkey's Knob, Whisky Creek, Gin Gin, Wineglass Bay, Cape Disappointment, Bald Head, Windpassing, Innaloo, Iron Knob, The Bruce Highway, Poowong, Tittybong, Bong Bong, Dunnydoo, Noggerup, The Devil's Marbles, Balls Head, Bradley's Head and Bobbin Head.