It is Derby Week on these our Northern Beaches and that means one thing: Old boys holding court. And Warringah Rats have no more famous one than the great Steve Lidbury.

Two Tests for the Wallabies, dozens of first class fixtures for Sydney and NSW, and with Dave Purll and Rick Black part of an infamous and feared Warringah Rats forward pack.

Lidbury retired in 1990 – after a stint in rugby league – as one of the last – if not the last – genuine, old-fashioned “enforcers”, as Sir Clive Woodward‘s jaw – busted in a pre-season “friendly” when the England centre was running about for Manly – could attest.

In this episode of the “Locals” podcast – recorded in the middle of 2020, deep in Covid lock-down, Lidbury spoke with Matt Cleary about: Bob Dwyer; Alan Jones; David Campese; Argentina; Milan; Rat packs; Rat Park; Ricky Stuart; Hillbillies; Bundy Rum and rugby of both persuasions.

Great old yarn with a great Old Boy.