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Curious press conference raises more questions than answers around future of Irish women’s rugby

Brendan Fanning


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Ireland suffered a heavy defeat to France in the Six Nations last weekend. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Ireland suffered a heavy defeat to France in the Six Nations last weekend. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Ireland suffered a heavy defeat to France in the Six Nations last weekend. Image credit: Sportsfile.

In the first week of February, 2Fm’s Game On got around to the issue of domestic rugby and how it had been hammered by the pandemic. To get a handle on what the IRFU were doing they invited Colin McEntee, the IRFU’s Director of Rugby Development, on the show. To present a different angle, I got a call, as I had done on a regular basis over the previous year.

Over the course of his round-up of where the All-Ireland League stood and how rugby might get going again, McEntee said he was impressed by the energy shown by the clubs in trying to keep members involved through lockdown. Not only was he passionate about the clubs – he has a long track record in club rugby – but added: “And I know the IRFU are.”


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