American Baumann living the dream on logs and dishes

Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:05pm EDT
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By Ed Osmond

LONDON (Reuters) - United States prop Chris Baumann does not get paid for playing rugby -- he does it for the sheer love of the game.

The 28-year-old trundled over the line to score his team's second try in their opening 25-16 defeat by Samoa at the Rugby World Cup and ahead of the Americans' game against Scotland he recalled his journey to the global showpiece tournament.

"I’ve done a bunch of different jobs, but the one where I didn’t need to work out was working at a woodmill in Steamboat Springs (Colorado)," Baumann told reporters on Tuesday.

"You get real big logs where you need machinery to move them, but some of the smaller ones you can move yourself."

Baumann has traveled the world to pursue his passion for rugby after giving up on his ambition to play American college football as an offensive lineman.

He has played in Scotland, New Zealand, Japan the Philippines and Argentina as well as a spell with the Randwick club in Sydney.

"I decided I needed to play in a better club competition, so I went down to Australia and played for Randwick and that really helped," he said.

Baumann washed dishes in a bar in New Zealand to earn money.   Continued...