The British minister was speaking at a Rugby World Cup event in St Helens
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries confuses league with union
In a gaffe that has since gone viral, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries told an event to promote the Rugby World Cup in St Helens that she enjoyed the time when England won the 2003 Rugby World Championship. Cup – which was famous for a union tournament.
Dorries said from the podium: “I’ve always liked the idea of rugby league. My long-time memory is that drop-goal from 2003.
“I’m going to let you in on a secret. I think we were drinking Bloody Marys back then. It was 11am but wow what a time it was.
Realizing her mistake, she tweeted later that day: “Like Jason Robinson, I may have changed code in my speech. Both the league and the union have a rich heritage in the UK. Obviously, I’ve followed rugby league a lot less in my life, but I can’t wait to see England (and all home nations) in the RL World Cup this fall.
Later in the speech, Dorries also said: “I think we have a lot in common and given that many media like to call me the Prime Minister’s attack dog, I sometimes wonder if I should try rugby. .”
There will be 61 Rugby World Cup matches played at venues across England, with the tournament taking place from October 15 to November 19.
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