In a period full of coms. screw-up's this is up there with some of the worst. This may have been planned for, scheduled at the outset and internally well communicated but it should not have happened. The squad have performed well, attracted considerable interest and there is a long way for the women's game to go in England. Surely also there is substantial sponsorship potential in the women's game? It could be that the route to mass participation is through the 7's set up, but this is a very plodding short-sighted decision and represents a coms own goal no matter how well defended.
Women's Rugby World Cup 2017: 'Deep concern' over end of England contracts