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Last Updated: Monday, 15 December, 2003, 11:12 GMT
Campese completes walk of shame
By Chris Charles
In Oxford Street

David Campese on 'walk of shame'
A large helping of humble pie, please

Serial Pommie-basher David Campese has finally got his come-uppance, after being forced to parade through London saluting England's Rugby World Cup champions.

The Australian legend walked down Oxford Street on Monday morning, wearing a St George's Cross sandwich board bearing the message: "I admit the best team won".

Campese, who had repeatedly dismissed England's World Cup chances, labelling them "boring", joked: "This is the longest walk of my life."

The stunt was set up by Ladbrokes.com, who asked their readers to choose a forfeit for the former Wallaby captain.

Other alternatives included being dangled over Twickenham in a David Blaine-style box and being butler to old rival Will Carling for the day.

"I wouldn't have minded the Carling job," Campese confessed. "It's not as if he does much these days!"

But it was the walk that got the vote and, true to his word, Campo took up the challenge without so much as a whimper.

Bemused commuters had a novel excuse for being late for work, while bus drivers and cabbies were stopped in their tracks by the man who still holds the world record for the number of international tries.

Campese turned down the offer of an early-morning pie made from kangaroo, mushrooms and Australian red wine - saying: "I'll eat some humble pie later."

He continued: "It's no good shouting your mouth off and not delivering - although to be honest, I was expecting it to be a lot worse than this.

David Campese
Campo couldn't resist one last dig

"I thought people would be throwing fruit at me, but I have to say it's still the longest walk of my life!

"Fair play to England, though, they thoroughly deserved to win. I thought New Zealand and France were playing the best rugby early on, but when the pressure was on, the English showed they wanted it more than anyone else."

True to form, Campese - whose "walk of shame" raised thousands of pounds for Great Ormond Street children's hospital - could not resist having one last pop at the Poms.

He turned around to reveal another message on the reverse of the board - "3/1 we'll get it off you next time!" You wouldn't expect any less.





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