The IRFU and Leinster Rugby have issued a joint apology after a video of the Connacht women's team changing in an area surrounded by rubbish and rats went viral.
People were disgusted at the shocking changing conditions before Connacht's clash with Ulster at Energia Park in Donnybrook on Saturday.
“Wow great job getting changed beside the dump (face palm emoji) don't mind the rats," read the caption accompanying the widely shared video, with sponsors also tagged to highlight the issue.
Just got sent this
Absolutely disgusting and disgraceful that the Connacht women had to get changed with the rats for the #WomensInterpros today
I've walked lyrical about this tournament but to see this I'm horrified
I'm lost for words at this
Equally Saddened & infuriated pic.twitter.com/Wh1cvBQbdg
— The 2nd Row (@the2ndRow) September 11, 2021
The apology from the IRFU and Leinster Rugby read: “The IRFU and Leinster Rugby would like to apologise to players, management and representatives of Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby and are sorry for the inconvenience caused by an unacceptable error in relation to the positioning of temporary changing facilities.
“Due to current government guidelines, changing facilities are not available for amateur rugby teams. These temporary facilities should have been set up in a more appropriate area.
“The IRFU and Leinster Rugby are extremely sorry for the inconvenience to the teams and the upset this unacceptable error has caused.”