Ciara Griffin wants a clear emphasis on the pathway for players in order to improve standards in the women's game.

The former Ireland captain, who retired at the age of 27 last November, was one of the highest-profile signatories of a letter sent by dozens of past and present players to the Irish Government outlining their frustration and loss of trust in the IRFU leadership over the structures in the game.

In the letter the group said they were "deeply discouraged" and had "lost all trust and confidence in the IRFU and its leadership after historic failings."

Since then the IRFU have committed to fully publishing two on-going reviews and said they would meet Government officials and a delegation of players to further the process.

Asked if the game was in a better place since she made her debut in 2016, the Kerry native told RTÉ’s Countrywide: "It’s growing nationally in that you can see in all the different areas and provinces a lot of girls taking it up.

"Look, I think we need to see more people coming up through the systems and get those structures in place so you can have a clear feeder system in place from club to province to international.

"That’s something that needs to be looked at and I hope it is looked at to make sure we can keep driving the standard of rugby here in this country."

The former flank forward also reflected on her final game last autumn, when she was woman of the match and scored two tries in a narrow win over Japan.

"To play my last game was tough but it was the right time for me personally," she said. "The crowd were amazing, it's gives me goosebumps still, I think it will for a long time.

"My sisters were there, my mom, my dad, [husband] Damien, my family, were there, it was a very special day."

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