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We didn't perform: Doyle

IRISH coach Philip Doyle says his side "didn't perform" is yesterday's crushing World Cup semi-final defeat to England.

"It is what it is," said Doyle. "They deserved the win.

"All credit to England, I genuinely hope that they go on to win it.

"We just unfortunately didn't perform.

"The first 15 minutes we were in the game and then we turned off the taps.

"But we get huge encouragement from our tournament overall," he added.

There was some small consolation for Ireland full-back Niamh Briggs as earlier in the day she was nominated for the IRB Women's Player of the Year 2014 Award.

The 29-year-old is one of four candidates for the prize. Two Canada players, wing Magali Harvey and No o8 Kelly Russell, and France No 8 Safi N'Diaye have also been nominated.

Players were shortlisted on the basis of votes by management from each of the 12 competing countries and commentators after each round during the pool stages.

The winner will be announced after the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday.

The International Rugby Board did not hand out an official award last year but Waterford's Briggs did win both the prestigious Scrumqueens Player of the Year award and the Irish player of the year award for 2013.