Over to former Ireland international Shane Byrne, appearing on Irish TV3′s Ireland AM the following morning, to fill in the gruesome details:
"The ladies lost by one point, right down in the south of France. And just to [be] very critical of the IRFU, they had 27 hours travel. They arrived down there [in Pau] at 3 o’clock in the morning [on] the day of the game [that kicked off at 2.30pm].
You know, these are all part – they’re representing the country. They’re putting on the green jersey for us. And they’re amateur, they do it for the joy of it. And to be treated like that, absolutely terrible.
They flew into Paris and got the cattle train down to the south of France, when there was umpteen options to fly down south.
You know, I just think it’s a disgrace, in this day and age. We’ve heard long ago when the women’s game was set together that that’s the way they were treated, but nowadays it shouldn’t happen.
It has to change."If you treated a racehorse like this before a big race you'd probably be prosecuted for cruelty.
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