David Campese has never been shy to offer some advice to his former New South Wales colleagues. Now he officially arrives at the Sydney Football Stadium as the enemy when the Sharks play the Waratahs in Vodacom Super 14 action.
Campo, the legendary Wallabies and Waratahs wing, was often critical of the Tahs performance, by way of a weekly newspaper column. It won him few friends.
Now he is being judged himself, in the capacity of Sharks assistant coach. And it is hardly like the Sharks backs are setting the world on fire.
It won’t be easy for Campo at his old stomping ground, despite the Sharks courageous fight in going down 22-20 to the Crusaders in Timaru.
The Waratahs will be desperate to get their campaign back on track after a first tournament defeat against the Bulls in Pretoria, but will have to do so without the services of Donut Dunning and Rocky Elsom, who were both suspended for fighting. Lock Dan Vickerman is still doubtful, but on the positive Mat Rogers could make an appearance from the bench. Wendell Sailor may also be considered, depending on what transpires when an internal enquiry is concluded on Tuesday. Big Dell was sent home during the Tahs tour of South Africa for being a drunken sailor.
The Sharks, on a confidence high, are expected to name a full-strength team. They also expect to get back their injured Bok skipper John Smit for round five of the tournament.
Most eyes this weekend, though, will be on King Campo.