I hate to break it to him, but as it transpires, possessing emotions and being active members of intricate social groups (apart from drinking, jeering, “Nandos” eating, “bantering”, bicep comparing “lads”) is actually what makes us human… not feminine! The example used of player’s use of social media is interesting. I think it’s encouraging that rugby players are attempting to be a little more social and intellectually engaged over the Internet; he implies it’s girly. Well if that’s the case, I’m a right fucking little girl.
In our protein shake fed, gym pumped, aesthetically distorted, imaged obsessive generation, the rugby community have fused a jock culture borrowed from the Americans with a very English sense of self importance and class divide to turn the “gentleman’s game” into a very ugly and intimidating community. The wasps seem to be moving in the right direction, but I won’t be taking personality tips from them for now.
(Of coarse, I am generalising horrendously here. I happen to know some very keen and very pleasant rugby players. Don’t take me too seriously)