Women’s Sport: Irish Rugby issue apology to Wales over shower conditions, following their bonus-point victory in the Six Nations

Wales Women v Ireland Women - Women's Six Nations

It was lucky not to join the extensive list of wash-outs on Sunday, but Ireland’s win against Wales in Dublin was nonetheless subject to washing controversy.

Ireland dealt with the treacherous conditions superbly to secure a four-try, 31-12 win over Wales, but this performance was overshadowed by the revelation that the Welsh players were forced to endure cold showers, despite the freezing conditions throughout the match. 

As a stand-alone incident, perhaps this inconvenience could be overlooked, but this news comes during a time where the lack of recognition and support for women’s rugby has been exemplified by former internationals and coaches.

Only last week, Catherine Spencer highlighted that women receive no prize-money for the Six Nations, whilst criticism has also been directed towards the BBC for their decision to show highlights during anti-social hours of the night.

In a statement, the IRFU stated that “The IRFU has apologised to the Welsh team following an issue with the water heater in the clubhouse they were changing in. “

“Onsite match managers made every effort to resolve the problem, while additional heaters and hot drinks were provided to the team."

Despite this apology, however, the point still remains. International Rugby players, whether male or female, should not be subjected to inadequate facilities and no prize money.

Today it was also announced that the postponed game between Scotland and England will be played behind closed doors later today at Murrayfield.

Instead of attempting to re-schedule the game and allow fans to buy tickets, the women will now be forced to play with no atmosphere, no excitement and no anticipation.

Whilst we cannot categorically say that the same would not be the case for a men’s game, it does seem hard to believe that alternative measures would not have been taken to schedule the game at a later date and re-distribute tickets.

England can move to the top of the table with a bonus-point win later and draw level on points with leaders Ireland who has won both their games so far.

In this week’s other game, France demolished Italy by 45-10 to get their campaign up and running. Unfortunately, though, this was the only game this week where Rugby itself was the main talking point.

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