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Philip Doyle's just reward for women's rugby feats

By Steven Beacom

Philip Doyle has been rewarded for masterminding the success of the women's Irish rugby team at the World Cup by being named the Philips Ireland Manager of the month for August.

Doyle ended his final season in charge of the team on a high by inspiring Ireland's women to finish fourth in last month's World Cup in France.

Given that Doyle had stated, when his second spell as coach began in 2010, that his aim was to take the team into the top six of world rugby in the women's game, he has over achieved.

The highlight of the World Cup for Ireland, having defeated USA and Kazakhstan, was a stunning 17-14 victory over pre-tournament favourites New Zealand which ensured the Irish girls topped their qualifying group.

What made the shock victory even more special was that the women were the first Irish team to beat the All Blacks in any competition. Ireland's semi-final with eventual World Cup winners England proved a step too far and they went on to finish fourth in the tournament.

Doyle, who previously coached the Ireland women's team between 2003 and 2006, was also a winner of a Philips manager award in 2013.

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