JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Campese in Twitter sexism row

Date
Hot water ... Wallabies legend David Campese.

Hot water ... Wallabies legend David Campese. Photo: Steve Christo

FORMER Wallaby David Campese has apologised for making a sexist remark about Fairfax Media's rugby union correspondent, Georgina Robinson.

Having caused a stir with his comments via social networking site Twitter, the ex-winger sent a message to Fairfax Media on Wednesday night via text message from South Africa which read: ''Please pass on to Georgina that I am sorry about the comment. Thanks David.''

Campese had been slammed by current and former players for questioning whether a female journalist should cover rugby.

''Why does the smh get a girl to write about rugby,'' Campese posted on Twitter. ''[Former Fairfax Media rugby union journalist Greg] Growden who was great jornio [sic] and now we have someone who has no idea about the game.'' Campese later tweeted: ''Sometimes it is good to see some people react to thing you say. Please relax and see the light side of life. All press are the same.''

Georgina Robinson is currently reporting on the Wallabies' tour of Europe. She has been reporting on rugby on a full-time basis for Fairfax Media since September last year and covered the Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship.

Campese deleted the tweet but was roundly condemned for it.

Wallaby David Pocock tweeted: ''Really sad to see journos attacked based on their gender. Or a grown woman referred to as a 'girl' #destroyingthejoint.''

Dual international Wendell Sailor wrote: ''Well good morning to u Campo & i have to say u are on ur own with this comment it's 2012 champ''.

A vocal critic of Australian coach Robbie Deans, who is under pressure due to the Wallabies' roller-coaster form, Campese later tried to explain his initial tweet.

''I was trying to say is that the coach is under pressure and sometimes males give it to the coach as some females go a lot easier on them,'' he wrote.

The managing editor of sport for Fairfax Media, Ian Fuge, said Robinson was an excellent sports journalist. ''Fairfax Media is lucky to have Georgina,'' he said. ''I couldn't be happier with the quality of her coverage of the rugby round and nor could our readers.''

smh.com.au

Related Coverage

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR vs AUS 01:30Twic
USA vs NZL 07:00Soldier Field
View All Fixtures
Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs SAM 01:00Stadio Del Duca
ENG vs NZL 01:30Twic
WAL vs AUS 01:30MilS
FRA vs FJI 03:45Stade Velodrome
IRE vs RSA 04:30Lansdowne Road
SCO vs ARG 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
View All Fixtures
Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs ARG 01:00Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
ENG vs RSA 01:30Twic
WAL vs FJI 01:30MilS
SCO vs NZL 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
FRA vs AUS 07:00StdF
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE vs GEO 01:30Lansdowne Road
View All Fixtures
Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs RSA 01:00Stadio Plebiscito
SCO vs TGA 01:30Rugby Park
IRE vs AUS 03:30Lansdowne Road
WAL vs NZL 04:30MilS
ENG vs SAM 06:00Twic
FRA vs ARG 07:00StdF
View All Fixtures
Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
View All Fixtures
 
Win an iPad mini by entering our Sport survey
Featured advertisers