The IRFU has moved to clarify its position regarding the confusion and upset caused by their advertisement of the vacancy for a new Ireland women’s head coach earlier in the week.
The vacancy detailed the role as on a ‘part-time basis’ for six months which was seen by many as a backward step in the progression of the women’s national side. However, the union have stated that they regret any upset caused, stating:
“The IRFU has not downgraded the coaching role in relation to the Ireland Women’s team.”
They continue to clarify that former head coach Tom Tierney was employed on a full time basis to look after XVs and Sevens. The six month role they are advertising is looking for a head coach to focus solely on XVs up to the conclusion of the 2018 Women’s Six Nations. Beyond that it appears, is under review.
“The IRFU confirms that it is in the process of reviewing the entire structure of the women’s game in order to develop the next long-term strategy as we build to the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup, and beyond.”
While the clarification is welcome, it remains frustrating for many followers of the women’s game that the search for an interim head coach has taken so long to begin and that Ireland are without any opponents for any autumn international matches.