IRFU to charter a plane for the women’s team in France

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IRFU will charter a plane for the Six Nations women’s match against France in Lille on November 1.

Progress takes time. Eight years ago, the men’s team and officials completed a charter for Paris on the same day the women’s team was scheduled to make a connecting flight, in the same city, to arrive in Pau the day before their match. trial.

They missed the connection, due to rush hour traffic, and so began a 17-hour, 800-kilometer journey on a night train with six women forced to share each cabin. Some must have slept in the hallway. Arrived in Pau at 7:30 am, they played the match at 3:30 pm, bravely losing 8-7 to the French.

The IRFU rejected the accusation that their treatment was based on gender but agreed ” some responsibility“For the logistical collapse.

The following season, Fiona Coghlan’s team finished the grand slam, a year later they reached a World Cup semi-final.

In 2020, the IRFU is treating Ciara Griffin’s team like its male counterparts. Due to Covid, provinces must charter planes for this season’s Pro 14 away games.

The Irish squad and coaching staff depart for Lille on Saturday 31 October and return to Dublin on Sunday evening to ensure amateur players can return to work on Monday morning.

Although the Irish players have hardly made any competitive appearances since their 27-0 loss to England in February, they are set to avenge last year’s loss to Italy at Energia Park in Donnybrook this Saturday (kick off at 6.30 p.m.).

The team, who train at the IRFU High Performance Center in Abbotstown, received a huge boost in the availability of captain Leinster Sene Naoupu and Beibhinn Parsons, who missed the England game as they she was getting ready for his Leaving Cert teasing. The teenage wing has since accepted a sports scholarship to UCD where she is studying biomedical sciences.

The team will be announced Thursday.

When the 2020 Six Nations are over, Ireland will focus on their three December qualifiers to reach next year’s World Cup in New Zealand.

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