The IRFU have accepted “some responsibility” for the debacle that led to the Ireland women’s rugby squad’s 17-hour odyssey to Pau for last Saturday’s Six Nations match against France.
On Friday the team flew to Paris only to miss the connection for the 800km TGV trip to Pau after being stranded in rush hour traffic. It meant an overnight train was boarded, with six women forced to share each berth. Despite three hours sleep in their hotel, on arrival in Pau at 7am, ahead of a 3.30pm kick-off, they bravely lost 8-7.
Scott Walker, the IRFU’s newly appointed director of rugby development and the club game, was part of the entourage. At the post-match reception, Walker apologised to the players on behalf of the union.