James Haskell apologises for ‘disrespecting women’s game’ after social media comment to Bristol’s Simi Pam

Bristol’s Simi Pam responded to post which listed England’s most capped front-row forwards to point out that retired Red Roses prop Rocky Clark has more than any of the men listed. Haskell replied saying: ‘Have a day off’, claiming ‘we have championed women’s rugby more than anyone else’

Last Updated: 17/05/22 2:07pm

James Haskell has released a video apology via Instagram, for comments made to Bristol player Simi Pam

James Haskell has apologised for “disrespecting women’s rugby” after comments he made on social media to Bristol player Simi Pam on Monday.
In response to an Instagram post put out by Haskell’s rugby podcast The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, which listed the most capped England ‘front-row forwards’ including Jason Leonard, Dylan Hartley and Steve Thompson, Pam pointed out that retired England Women’s player Rocky Clark (137 caps) actually has more than the men listed, but was left out. The original post, which read: Most England Caps, Front-row forwards She posted: ‘I think you meant to say ‘most England caps – MALE front row forwards’. Please stop disrespecting the women like this. Because the way you’ve named this list, we know Rocky Clark tops it. Please do better @goodbadrugby’. Haskell’s response was first to reply ‘@simipam have a day off.’, before deleting the comment and posting: ‘We have done more to champion woman’s [sic] rugby than anyone else. We created a show called good scaz rugby all about the female game. If we were talking on that show we would have said women, female …

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