One of the oft-stated ambitions of those promoting Women’s sport is that it should be seen as the norm. Yesterday’s coverage of the announcement of the Guinness Six Nations squad was a marker that this is happening.
Joe Schmidt’s announcement of the 38 players who will wear the green jersey through the first two rounds of the Championship was made later in the day than would be normal and that gave room to breathe for the announcement by Adam Griggs of his 29 woman squad.
He announced eight uncapped players in the group with three of them coming from Old Belvedere and two from Railway Union.
Those two clubs together with UL Bohemians provide 18 of the players.
Galwegians provide another four and there was a similar story of recognition for Connacht when Schmidt named three uncapped players, all of them from the province, in his squad.
Irish Rugby, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, The Journal and RTÉ all gave broadly equal online space to the two announcements.
With each of the Six Nations games taking place on different days over each of the game weekends starting with Ireland at home to England on Friday, February 1st for the Women and Saturday, February 2nd for the men, it will be interesting to monitor how the parity of coverage extends.