Did you know that women’s rugby actually started in 1881? In fact, did you know that women’s rugby actually exists? I’m guessing you don’t know much about it as it is seen as being less important than men’s rugby. Currently we have the men’s 6 Nations tournament being covered on national channels like the BBC and ITV. Yet women’s rugby you are lucky to even find a match being shown on TV.
The reason women’s rugby is seen to be less important is because there is no sponsorship deals for it for women and the media coverage is practically non-existent. If we made that happen, more people would know about the sport and would be more interested and show that woman’s rugby and any other woman’s sport on Freeview so everyone can watch the woman’s and men`s coverage on sport.
I play rugby, playing for a girls’ team, which I love. However, it is only in the past few years that these girls’ teams have actually started to exist. My brother started rugby before me, even though he is younger. The reason I was not allowed was because I was a girl and there wasn’t a team for girls. But then last season a girls’ team started and I was allowed to play like my brother.
I believe that in every sport any gender should have the right to be shown on TV, whether it is in the world cup or not. I also think that the same amount of money should be given if playing a match. We are supposed to live in an equal society, so some sports, including rugby, need to catch up to this quickly.
Written by Rosie, BBC School Reporter
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