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Huge imbalance: Adam Griggs
Huge imbalance: Adam Griggs

By Cian Tracey

Adam Griggs called on World Rugby to look at the balance of the Women's Six Nations as the Ireland head coach reflected on a disappointing campaign.

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Griggs saw his team finish fifth of the six sides after winning only one of their five matches (against a very poor Scotland squad).

Ireland signed off with an underwhelming 24-5 defeat to Wales in Cardiff as England, whose players are fully professional, won the Grand Slam.

Griggs admitted that the Red Rose are streets ahead of the rest, adding: "England went and won the Championship 80-0 (against Scotland) and I think that has got to be looked at by World Rugby more than just ourselves.

"Our players will now go back to club rugby in Ireland and that's just not at the same level as the English Premiership or French Championship.

"That's where we struggle in terms of getting high-quality games week in, week out. Then you come into a tournament like the Six Nations. We had a lot of tired bodies against Wales and couldn't get up for the game."

Asked how World Rugby or the Six Nations could ensure a more level playing field between the fully professional and part-time teams, Griggs added: "You tell me. I don't have the answers.

"England have technically been fully professional since January and they'll have a full year together before the next Six Nations comes around. That's a daunting thought.

"But we've got to keep battling, make sure we keep challenging each other in camp and we need as many high-profile games as we can get to learn."

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