The hallowed turf at Ballymore in Queensland is where every young rugby wannabe from Australia’s ‘Sunshine State’ yearns to pull on the jersey for state or country and run out to the roar of a sell-out crowd. Lance Peatey didn’t quite fulfil that desire, but he did line up for GPS Colts One against Brothers at Ballymore in an intense curtain-raiser to a Queensland Reds Super10 fixture in 1995. He can even lay claim to scoring the first try under lights in what was the first night game at Queensland rugby headquarters. The match turned out to be the pinnacle of a sound teenage playing career.
Since unlacing the boots for the final time a year or so after that, Lance has fulfilled various sports media roles spanning print, broadcast and the internet throughout Australia, North America and the United Kingdom across the past two decades. A keen interest in rugby came early during his schooling at Marist College Ashgrove – renowned for producing many Australian rugby stars, including former Wallabies captain and dual Rugby World Cup winner John Eales – and his enthusiasm for the game is now channelled through words rather than the sorry state of aching limbs on a Sunday.
Lance is currently based in Sydney, where he is Director of Digital Products & Partnerships for ESPN Australia/New Zealand. Prior to that he was Executive Producer of sport at Ninemsn after a stint in London with the BBC and IMG Media, managing a series of sports projects including a major international online media campaign for a worldwide partner of Rugby World Cup 2007. From the humble playing fields of junior club rugby to the spectacular cauldrons of Rugby World Cup finals, Lance has been living and breathing the game across both hemispheres for more than a decade. In Pursuit of Bill showcases some of his finest interviews to date, while bringing to the fore one of the most interesting stories of modern day sport.