Ireland captain Ciara Griffin says she and her teammates were disappointed with comments made by women’s rugby director Anthony Eddy earlier this week.
Eddy said it was “incorrect” to suggest that the IRFU have neglected the 15-a-side game, in favour of the sevens program, which he also heads up.
Hooker Cliodhna Moloney compared the comments to “slurry spreading”, while further criticism came from former international Jenny Murphy who labelled his take as “spineless”.
When asked if she was disappointed by Eddy’s comments, Griffin said: “Yeah, I was. We all were.
“People have their comments, that’s fine, that’s what the review is for, we can put our feedback into that, we’re just going to trust the review process.
“Anthony has addressed me in terms of that, he apologised in case people took offence to his comments. His comments were made, we now need to focus on the game, on the game at hand and we’ll look at the review process after that and give our opinions there.”
Griffin also insisted that there was no split in the camp over Moloney’s criticism of Eddy’s comments.
She added: “There’s no split in camp.
“It hasn’t really caused disruption because we have an international game in just over 24 hours.
“First game in the RDS and it definitely hasn’t caused a split in camp. We all back each other, we all have each other’s back, nobody is alone in this group and it’s important that point gets across that we have each other’s back at all times.
“I support Cliodhna 100%, we all do. This whole team backs Cliodhna, have her back, she’s not alone. It’s really important we get that point across, that this group is very close-knit, it’s very tight and we have Cliodhna’s back.
“We want to focus on this game as well, but we have Cliodhna’s back, we support her, she’s very passionate about this game, we all are, and we all just want the best and put our best foot forward.”
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