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IRFU and Leinster issue apology over women's changing facilities

Oisin McQueirns
Oisin McQueirns

21:03 12 Sep 2021

The IRFU and Leinster have issued an apology to Connacht and Ulster Rugby after what they deemed an 'unacceptable error' in relation to the positioning of changing facilities during the Women’s Interprovincial Championship.

Connacht and Ulster faced one another in the first of a Women's Interpro double header, which also saw Leinster take on Munster with both games taking place at Energia Park.

Footage circulated on social media however, showed how the Connacht team's changing facilities were located beside a bin and surrounded by rubbish and debris, ahead of the tournament.

On Sunday afternoon the IRFU released the following statement on Twitter in regards to the facilities, noting how they, along with Leinster Rugby, are 'extremely sorry for the inconvenience' caused.

"The IRFU and Leinster Rugby would like to apologise to players, management and representatives of Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby and are sorry for the inconvenience caused by an unacceptable error in relation to the positioning of temporary changing facilities.

"Due to current government guidelines, changing facilities are not available for amateur rugby teams. These temporary facilities should have been set up in a more appropriate area.

"The IRFU and Leinster Rugby are extremely sorry for the inconvenience to the teams and the upset this unacceptable error has caused."

Women's rugby publication Scrum Queens as well as the Irish Women's Rugby Supporters Club were among those who reacted to the statement from the IRFU.

Connacht Rugby also released a statement welcoming the apology from the IRFU.

“Connacht Rugby acknowledges and welcomes the apology issued to our women’s squad and management for the changing facilities provided at last night’s fixture at Energia Park.

“Connacht Rugby along with the IRFU are proud of the strides we have made with women’s rugby, and the increased backing and support we have given our players, coaches and volunteers. TG4′s live coverage of the Connacht women’s fixture was also a very welcome development – the benefits of which will be clear to see in both the short and long-term future.

“Finally, we’d like to thank this year’s playing squad and management for their incredible commitment since their first training session many months ago. They have represented the province with pride and we look forward to seeing continued development of women’s rugby in Connacht at all levels.”

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