David Campese became famous for a goose step during his rugby
playing days. Now he's just looking like a goose.
The former Australian wing posted a sexist tweet this morning
questioning the credentials of Fairfax journalist Georgina
Robinson, who is covering Australia's current tour of Europe
for Fairfax's group of newspapers including the Sydney
"Why does the smh get a girl to write about rugby. Growden
who was a great jornio (sic) and now we have someone who has
no idea about the game!" Campese posted on his twitter
Campese, who holds the test try-scoring record for Australia,
has since deleted the tweet which drew widespread criticism
from inside and outside the rugby community.
"Really sad to see journos attacked based on their gender,"
Australian loose forward David Pocock tweeted. "Or a grown
woman referred to as a 'girl' #destroyingthejoint."
Australian dual international Wendell Sailor also hit out at
"Well good morning to u Campo & i have to say u are on ur
own with this comment it's 2012 champ," Sailor said.
Iain Payten, a Daily Telegraph journalist covering the
tour with Robinson for the Fairfax group, also joined the
debate when he tweeted: "You could not be further off the
mark @davidcampese11. Way wrong."
Campese was outspoken in his playing days and it didn't stop
when he retired in 1998. The 50-year-old, who now lives in
South Africa, later responded to the controversy on his
"Sometimes it is good to see some people react to [things]
you say," Campese said. "Please relax and see the light side
of life. All press are the same."