Point out to me one place where I question gender? Otherwise I expect an apology.
Your point was as per mine. I don't care what sex they are, were, will be in the future or whether they are gender fluid. Their experience of rugby as a relevant attribute for this role was and is my only point.
When we are told that two of the panel are women that is great if they have prior rugby playing experience however the probability of that is miniscule given the short history of women's rugby and the typically (late) middle-aged profile of the panels.
I also said that seeing as there were two women unlikely to have played the game that it made me think again of the rugby exerience of 'ALL'
members of the panel - but that was typically ignored. The reaction to my post is part of a consistent pattern by some and also of the armchair nature of many of the territorial, Uber-posters on this public forum whose PC-obsession prevents them from seeing the wood from the trees.
I hope they appeal. If not I would have great faith in Dooley. He is the grade and I don't think Bent has played Loose-head in some time. At this level that matters. Also the game will be helter skelter in the last 30 which the great Rossy was never suited to and is even less so now at this stage of his career. I would see a last 30 mins combo of Dooley-Bent surviving in the scrums and contributing best to our style of play than the Bent-Rossy option.
I'm not really interested in a ding dong but as a response.
I've never seen questions about the probity of disciplinary panels arise before but as soon as it was mentioned there were two women involved it became a hot topic.
You assume women don't have experience of rugby, I think that's pretty parochial and disrespectful and I'm calling you on it. My wife and mother in law are both deeply involved in rugby but you assume because they are women they have no prior rugby experience.
Or do you mean professional experience at Pro 12 level? Do we need that for every official who is involved in the game? Refs, ARs, TV assistants? That's an impossible bar to clear, and not one that has ever been mentioned before when the panel has been male.
Nigel Owens never played serious rugby, Garces never played serious rugby? Should we assume they wouldn't know a clear out if they saw one?
So yeah, if that's PC culture that's fine but it seems to me that your expectation of what constitutes a fit disciplinary panel is informed by the gender of those who sit on it.