Doyle: Women's sport in Ireland has come a long way
Ireland manager Philip Doyle has praised the progress of women's sport in the country following his team's qualification for the rugby World Cup semi finals.
Ireland saw off Kazakhstan 40-5 today to secure a semi spot next Wednesday, and while Doyle was full of praise for his side afterwards, as well as women's sport as a whole in Ireland.
“I think women’s sport has really come up in the last couple of years," said a jubilant Doyle.
"And I think it’s about time a lot of people stood up and took notice of what’s going on in the women’s game, in all games.
“Rugby, obviously, is at the moment at the forefront. I'm delighted for our ladies.
“It just brings a huge momentum to the country. And I know everybody is getting behind us, which is fantastic.
“We feel it here with our great supporters, and we know it through the media back home, and we can’t thank them enough for all their good wishes. Just bear with us; just one game at a time.”
Doyle revealed that it took a half-time team talk to really galvanise his team, who looked a little out-of-sorts at times in the first period.
"Analysing the win over Kazakhstan, Doyle said that he told Ireland’s pack at half-time that they needed to deliver more ball to the backs.
“I just said they have to shore it up, go forward, clean it all up. The breakdown was a mess. Scrums were a little bit of a mess.
"We had a few issues with the technicalities of the scrum through the referee, but we just said 'stick to your game-plan'.
“To be fair to the starting eight, they picked it up early in the second half, and [then] it’s all about squad rotation, resting people, getting everybody ready for game four.”