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Philip Doyle: 'I am awful proud of these great role models'

Published 13/08/2014 | 19:10

A tearful Niamh Briggs at the end of the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final
A tearful Niamh Briggs at the end of the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final

Ireland manager Philip Doyle has lauded his Irish team after they succumbed to England in the semi-finals of the Women's Rugby World Cup today.

While optimism was high that Ireland could build on their historic win over New Zealand, it wasn't to be as a powerful English side responded from going behind to an early Irish try to emerge victorious 40-7 at the Stade Jouen Boin in Paris.

Manager Doyle paid tribute to the Girls in Green and said his team are great role models.

"I'm awful proud," he said following the heavy defeat.

"They have been making history for a few years. It's fantastic from where we began a few years ago."

He also insisted that perspective is needed when analysing the 33-point defeat in Paris.

Ireland's Sophie Spence attempts to retain possession after being tackled by Rachael Burford, England. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Sophie Spence attempts to retain possession after being tackled by Rachael Burford, England. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A dejected Grace Davitt, left, and Jenny Murphy, Ireland, after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A ladies shoe hangs from an England banner during the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Larissa Muldoon, Ireland, breaks through the England defence. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Dejected Ireland supporters look on during the final moments of the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland players, from left, Laura Guest, Siobhan Fleming and Alison Miller leave the pitch after defeat to England. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A dejected Sophie Spence, Ireland, after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A general view of a lineout between England and Ireland. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A dejected Grace Davitt, left, and Claire Molloy, Ireland, after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A dejected Fiona Hayes, left, and Heather O'Brien, Ireland, after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A tearful Niamh Briggs, Ireland, waves to the crowd after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland head coach Philip Doyle speaks to his players after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A tearful Lynne Cantwell, Ireland, after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Gillian Bourke leaves the field after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Siobhan Fleming, right, and Jenny Murphy after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan speaks to her team-mates after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A tearful Niamh Briggs, Ireland, after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A tearful Claire Molloy, Ireland, after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Larissa Muldoon, Ireland, breaks through the England defence. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ailis Egan, Ireland, races clear of Katy Mclean, England. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A tearful Niamh Briggs, Ireland, after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A tearful Lynne Cantwell, Ireland, after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Fiona Coghlan, Ireland, is tackled by Tamara Taylor, left, and Sarah Hunter, England. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Niamh Briggs, Ireland, indicates to referee Amy Perrett before Ireland were awarded their first try, judged by the TMO to have been successful. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Niamh Briggs, Ireland, is tackled by Emily Scarratt, England. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
ireland's Tania Rosser, 9, celebrates after being awarded a try in the 18th minute, having been awarded by the TMO. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

"Coming into this World Cup, I would have pulled my hair out, or what is left of it, for a semi-final spot."

He again paid tribute to their character and added that Ireland can be proud of the women following their achievements in France.

"They are great role models and I hope people admire what they have done."

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