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Monday, November 16, 2009

Open letter to the BBC...

To: the ignorant, misogynstic dinosaurs responsible for the BBC Sports' rugby "coverage"

Dear Sir
(I think it is a safe bet that you are a "sir")

Which was the more important of two rugby games played over the weekend...

a) England Women (no. 2 in the world) vs New Zealand (world champions), or
b) Llangennech vs Whitland in Welsh National League Div 1(West)?

Well clearly the latter as BBC Sports' rugby news pages on the internet managed to ignore the former COMPLETELY. No preview, no report, no pictures - not even the match score on the results page. On the other hand Llangennech did rather better than that, with its fixture listed before the game and score appearing on the results page afterwards.

I am sure that they are a popular local club but in what possible way were events at Llangennech RFC more newsworthy than a match involving the an international team that had won 23 consecutive internationals prior to the match (now 24) - comfortably a world record - playing against an England team unbeaten at home for 19 internationals?

What on earth does women's rugby have to do before the blinkered dinosaurs responsible for the BBC's rugby coverage acknowledge that women play the game? That one player in 12 is now female? That the only England team capable of winning anything of any significance in the next x years is the women's team? And that the most exciting young player in the game is called Emily?

You cover women's cricket, and women's football, and women's golf, and women's tennis but you IGNORE women's rugby (apart from the odd random six nations article). Why? Really, why?

Yours sincerely

John Birch.

If you feel in a similar way about the BBC's failure to even mention that the Black Ferns are here, why not drop them a line too via the BBC Complaints Page. Remember to say "yes" to the question "do you want a reply".

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