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Training routine in the women's game not good enough: Peat

 

Review needed: Lindsay Peat has called for an overhaul
Review needed: Lindsay Peat has called for an overhaul

By Cian Tracey

If women's international rugby in this country is to stand a realistic chance going forward, it needs people like Lindsay Peat to continue to stick their head above the parapet.

Perhaps it is easier for a player who is in the autumn of her career, but given that Peat has been one of the leading female sports stars in Ireland, when she feels the need the speak out, her opinion commands huge respect.

Many people still feel that the future of the women's game lies in sevens, but that isn't much use to the hundreds of young girls who one day dream of following Peat in the 15-a-side code.

The Six Nations was always likely to be a tough campaign given the need to blood new players, but it's difficult to get away from the fact that it has been a major disappointment.

Defeat to a French team operating on another level was inevitable and the reality facing the squad now is that they will not have a pitch session to put it right until tomorrow - six days after the game.

"It can't go on the way it is," warns Peat, who missed the first two rounds of this year's Six Nations with a shoulder/neck issue.

"We need to look at how do we get to train or have training matches.

"We're stuck between a rock and a hard place on how we fix those things because it is pitch time, it is contact time. It is doing the review on video and now going out to fix it.

"We saw it with the men, just bringing it back to simple things, but they got to do that during the week.

"We just don't have that contact time midweek. We're in at camp and trying to fit everything into two days. Even one day."

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