Bernard Jackman believes a "massive review" is needed in the wake of Ireland missing out on next year's Women's Rugby World Cup.
A 20-18 loss to Scotland via the last kick of the game in the final qualifier on Saturday meant Adam Griggs' side not only missed out on automatic qualification for the delayed 2021 tournament but also the last-chance saloon repechage.
It means the World Cup will go ahead without Ireland for the first time in its 30-year history.
Speaking on RTÉ's Sunday Sport, former Leinster and Ireland hooker Jackman described the setback as "absolutely massive" and pointed to the need for significant soul-searching in order to get Irish women's rugby back on the right track.
"To be honest, since the home World Cup in 2017 where we didn't cover ourselves in glory both on and off the field, it's been putting plasters on the wounds without any deep strategy to fix the game and we haven't grown it enough at domestic level," he said.
"This is a real low point. To go from being semi-finalists to being hosts to not qualifying is a really big blow.
"And let's be honest, we should be able to beat the teams (Spain, Italy and Scotland) that were in this qualification group, even if it meant finishing second to go into the repechage.
"But that defeat to Spain really knocked their confidence and they just couldn't get it done and I think there's a massive review needed and hopefully the game will get some love now from the IRFU and we're not in a situation in four years' time where we don't qualify because it's a huge thing for young players to aspire to play in a World Cup and we're going to miss out on that next year in New Zealand."