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