Monday, 31 July 2017

A question of discrimination

Back from my hols this weekend and slap bang into the row over the proposed culling of England Women's professional contracts by the RFU after the World Cup.

Look, the RFU can quite rightly point to the fact that they have led the way internationally with professional contracts for England's elite female players, that they have invested considerable sums in the women's domestic game of late, that the nature of the women's international game is cyclical - alternating between emphasis on the World Cup XVs and the Olympic VIIs - and that England's Women have been fully informed for some time of the RFU's plans.

The bottom line, however, is that the RFU would never contemplate treating England's elite male players in a similar way.

By its very nature the RFU's position on female professional contracts is therefore discriminatory.

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