As Ireland's first women's rugby coach it saddens me to say game is doomed
Poor decisions have meant a century of experience has been lost to a fledgling sport writes George Hook as he tells of wasted opportunities
The arrival of the Women's Rugby World Cup tournament to Ireland was hailed as an opportunity to showcase the female game and lead to its expansion, as it would be the most televised women's tournament ever.
Instead it almost certainly marks the first step in the demise of the event and the end in any meaningful way of 15-a-side women's rugby.
Before a ball was kicked, the RFU in England announced that it was not renewing the professional contracts of the national team and instead putting the money into Sevens rugby.