Justin Sampson is a rugby expert and commentator, professional master of ceremonies, auctioneer, motivational speaker and management trainer who has worked with a wide variety of companies, charities and media outlets in Asia, Australia and the Middle East. He is based in Singapore. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Sampson
A former player and coach in his native Australia and elsewhere, Justin was a commentator at ESPN STAR Sports Asia for eight years and is now a regular contributor to Fox Sports Asia and Channel News Asia, along with radio stations and newspapers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
In 2006, he set up Sampson Marketing Services, which provides support on sponsorship, event management and corporate hospitality. As a speaker and celebrity auctioneer, he works with global and local organizations at corporate events, fundraising galas, conferences and seminars.
His clients include Australian Rugby Union, DHL, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC, AIG, MasterCard, Credit Suisse, RBS, KPMG, Hawker Pacific, Australian Chamber of Commerce, British Chamber of Commerce, Tyler Foundation Tokyo, Singapore Rugby Union, Indonesia Rugby Union, Victoria Rugby Union and various charities throughout the region.
Teamwork and leadership – and the similarities between sport and corporate management – are the focus of his motivational talks, presentations and sales training.
Rugby has been a big part of Justin’s life and career. Highlights of his roles as an expert commentator include:
- Started with the Singapore Sevens in 1997
- IRB Sevens series in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia since 1997
- ESPN STAR Sports Asia from 1999 to 2007 during Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby, Six Nations and Tri-Nations tournaments. He also was part of the weekly panel on the Rugby Show
- Other media outlets: Australia’s ABC TV, World Sport Group, Hong Kong’s RTHK Radio, The New Paper in Singapore and espnstar.com
- Fox Sports Asia and Channel News Asia Rugby World Cup 2015
Justin has hosted various events for the Australian Rugby Union, including the 2013 Lions tour of Australia, all of the Wallaby Tests in 2012 and 2013, and the Bledisloe Cup (2008-2015).
He has hosted hospitality events for DHL throughout the Asia Pacific region, including the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011 and in London 2015, and the Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne in 2012 to 2014. In 2011 and 2012, he hosted the Weary Dunlop and Chairman’s Club hospitality for the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby team at home games.
Justin was a national coach with the Singapore Rugby Union for more than five years after spending three years in Tokyo as a player/coach for Kubota Corporation in the mid-1990s. He was also the assistant coach and technical advisor for Indonesia’s national rugby team in 2007 to 2009.
He played provincial representative rugby for Country Origin in Sydney and for New South Wales Country, where he lined up against the All Blacks in 1988 and the British Lions in 1989. He was captain of his 1st Division club in Sydney for three years and was a runner-up for the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best and Fairest Award in 1990 and the Rothmans Medal in 1991.
Justin, who grew up on a massive sheep and cattle station at Cobar in the Australian outback, has lived and worked in Asia for more than 20 years.