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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday newspaper recognises rise of women's and girls' rugby

It shows how far we still have to go that the mere appearance of a positive article on women's rugby in a national newspaper should be a matter of note, but the article in today's Independent on Sunday is not only good to see, but also one of the most well researched articles I have seen for a long time.

Its not perfect - it still relies on the wildly inaccurate RFU player number data (see the previous article), which is based on player registrations and massively underestimates the numbers of women and girls who play - because (for various reasons) a lot of women and girls are either not registered, or are registered as boys(!). It also probably doesn't tell you anything that you do not already know (especially if you read this blog regularly), but nonetheless its good to see.

So... please let's reward the Independent. Please go to the article and leave a comment. Anything. "Yipee - coverage at last!" would do. Just show them that coverage of women's rugby gets them readers.

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