The Irish Rugby Football Union has issued an apology to the country's leading players from Ulster and Connacht after footage emerged which showed players forced to use changing facilities next to a dump site and vermin
In the final round of Ireland's Interprovincial Championship - the competition played by the four Irish provinces and representing the best players in the country, footage emerged showing where Ulster and Connacht were forced to change.
After widespread criticism online, the IRFU commented via Twitter:
"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. Irish Rugby and Leinster Rugby are extremely sorry "
The finals were played at Energia Park in Dublin. Connacht and Ulster played out a12-12 draw on the day, while Munster beat Leinster 19-7 to win the overall title.
Connacht issued their own statement welcoming the apology.
The news is embarrassing for the IRFU on the back of the launch of a major campaign in recent weeks to encourage and celebrate women's rugby. The IRFU says its 'Nothing Like It' campaign "will celebrate and amplify the moments, stories and people that make women’s rugby unique while highlighting that there is a place for everyone in rugby, where difference is celebrated, and an important part of the team collective."