Un­like Trump, Clin­ton and Bush knew how to dish it out

The Rugby Paper - - News / Championship -

AMER­I­CAN pres­i­dents have never been known to let a game of rugby in­ter­fere with the busi­ness of run­ning the Land of the Free and Don­ald Trump was not go­ing to let last night’s match in Chicago get in the way of busi­ness.

While Ire­land were re­turn­ing to the scene of their won­drous beat­ing of the All Blacks two years ago, Trump was oth­er­wise en­gaged at a rally in Pen­sacola, Florida.

He may not know his rucks from his mauls but some of his pre­de­ces­sors would have had a rough idea.

Bill Clin­ton spent two years at Ox­ford in the late Six­ties when he is said to have played a bit of rugby.

“Be­ing an Amer­i­can I didn’t know the rules,’’ he once said. “I was the big­gest in the team and the coach said: ‘Go out there and get in some­one’s way.’ So that’s what I did.’’

His suc­ces­sor, Ge­orge W Bush, played his rug­ger at Yale and the rev­ered seat of learn­ing has a pho­to­graph of ‘Dubya’ in ac­tion show­ing Bush in fight­ing mood.

The cap­tion states, “Ge­orge Bush de­liv­ers an il­le­gal but grat­i­fy­ing right hook on the op­pos­ing ball-car­rier.’’

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