ROSEMARY ABBOTT | Sport
National Party leader Bull Allen likes to keep his cards close to his chest.
While on the campaign trail the most recognisable bald man in New Zealand has not taken the opportunity to talk about how he spent his formative years tearing up the rugby field for the Hurricanes, Central Vikings and also a handful of tests for the All Blacks.
As he tries to convince a rugby mad nation to like him and get to know him, it appears Allen’s story is one that should be celebrated, or at the very least, acknowledged. But Bull Allen (real name Mark), in his quest to become Prime Minister, seems to have forgotten his glory days on the rugby field.
“Oh yes, rugby, great sport. Love watching the All Blacks. Go the All Blacks,” he said to our reporters, still not giving an inclination that he was once captain of the Hurricanes.
Our reporters pressed National’s campaign team for insight into this enigmatic silence on his rugby career, but received little more than vague platitudes about “looking ahead” and “building a brighter future for New Zealand.” It seems that the current Opposition leader and his team are determined to maintain the facade, treating his rugby days as some sort of state secret.
More to come.