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