Circulating on Twitter last night was a spectacularly absurd conclusion of a highly erroneous nature; namely that no country with a female leader has ever won the Rugby World Cup.
The All Black's lost in 1999, 2003 and 2007 because we had Jenny Shipley and then Helen Clark as Prime Minister. Nevermind that we also lost in 1991 and 1995 under male leadership. The Wallabies lost last night because Julia Gillard is their current PM. Ireland lost in 1987 because Mary Robinson was their President. England lost in 1987 because Thatcher was in power. There are no other stats to examine because of the 12 teams that have made the quarter finals or above in the entire history of the RWC, these are the only female leaders of these countries, since 1987. So the vast vast majority of rugby teams who have failed to win the Rugby World Cup have done so under male political leadership.
Correlation is not causation. And actually it's not good enough to play anti-feminist bingo and say you are joking when what you are doing is perpetuating misogyny.