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Irish Rugby apologises after no hot water for Wales women following Six Nations game

A rugby club in Ireland has apologised after the Wales Women team were forced to have cold showers following their Six Nations match.

Welsh centre Robyn Wilkins told ITV Cymru Wales that the team had returned to their changing room at Bective Rangers FC to discover there was no hot water.

It was after Wales suffered a 31-12 defeat against Ireland on Sunday.

Speaking to ITV Cymru Wales’ Sports Reporter Beth Fisher, Robyn Wilkins revealed: “We’re all cold – it doesn’t help that we got cold showers.”

An investigation revealed the hot water tank at Energia Park, Dublin, had been damaged by stormy conditions overnight, according to Bective Rangers FC.

The Irish Rugby Football Union said “every effort was made to resolve the problem and extra amenities were provided.”

In a statement, the club apologised Wales Women’s team, the Welsh Rugby Union and the Irish Rugby Football Union, emphasising that “the issue did not come to light until after the game ended.”

Former Wales full-back Lee Byrne described the incident as “shocking” on Twitter.

Storm Ciara brought high winds and pelting rain during the final quarter, which made playing conditions difficult.

The storm left thousands of people without power, some homes were evacuated and buildings were damaged as heavy rain and strong gusts swept across the UK on Sunday.

Wilkins insisted Wales would come back stronger following the defeat.

“We’re a tight-knit bunch, this will make us stronger, we’ll come together, and then we go again. We’ve got a good two weeks off now to train hard for that French game.”

Wales Women will face France Women at home on Sunday 23 February.

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