Part-time Ireland Women coach 'a kick in the teeth' - Jenny Murphy

Jenny Murphy in action for Ireland against Australia during August's Women's Rugby World Cup. Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Ireland Women's centre Jenny Murphy has described the Irish Rugby Football Union's (IRFU) decision to offer only a part-time contract to the team's new coach as "disheartening".

Earlier this week, the IRFU advertised for ex-women's coach Tom Tierney's replacement, revealing that it would be only a part-time, six-month contract.

Tierney, who had been on a full-time contract since 2014, stepped down from the role following a disappointing World Cup campaign in which Ireland finished eighth and failed to secure automatic qualification for the 2021 tournament.

Murphy, who was a member of the Ireland squad at the last two World Cups, stated on social media that she was "absolutely gutted" by the IRFU's decision.

She tweeted:

In reply to international colleague Ruth O'Reilly, who claimed the IRFU had shown the women's game a lack of respect, Murphy tweeted:

The IRFU has defended its position, with a statement insisting: "The decision to return the coaching role to a part-time basis follows feedback from coaches the IRFU has spoken with, and a further decision on the nature of this role will be completed post the 2018 Six Nations."