Gen­der fail­ure

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Rugby -

Af­ter ad­mirable at­tempts by World Rugby to make gen­uine strides to­wards gen­der equal­ity they go and do this. Slop­pi­ness in nam­ing seven men – Fa­bien Galthié, Ge­orge Gre­gan, Richie McCaw, Brian O’Driscoll, Agustín Pi­chot, John Smit and Clive Wood­ward – and for­mer Eng­land flanker Mag­gie Alphonsi (right) on the judg­ing panel to se­lect the women’s player of the year was com­pounded by the short-list they de­cided upon.

“I think [New Zealand’s] Fiao’o Faa­mausili is a won­der­ful player but I’m sure she’d agree, it’s odd to be named on a short­list for the World Player of the Year on the back of just two (fairly straight­for­ward) wins,” said Ali Don­nelly of scrumqueens.com. “It is bla­tantly im­plau­si­ble that any of the seven [men] have ei­ther seen a sin­gle women’s game in full over the past year, or could in­tel­li­gi­bly dis­cuss the mer­its of the best women’s play­ers on the cir­cuit with­out some­one else’s notes or a high­lights reel. There is not even a pre­tence of gen­der bal­ance on the panel.” Maybe WR couldn’t find any women. Maybe they couldn’t care less. Ei­ther way we can’t wait to hear these male le­gends ex­plain their re­search when de­cid­ing the win­ner.

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