Ireland women: IRFU ‘address confusion’ over coaching position

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has said it “regrets any upset it has caused” over the decision to advertise for a part-time women’s XVs coach.

The IRFU has attracted criticism for deciding to appoint a six-month part-time successor to Tom Tierney, who left after a disappointing World Cup.

A statement indicated it may become full-time position following a review.

The IRFU said Tierney was employed as a full-time coach between the Sevens and XVs, not exclusively with the XVs.

The decision to appoint a new coach in a temporary part-time role had been criticised by the likes of current player Jenny Murphy and former international Ruth O’Reilly.

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