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Former Irish women's coach Philip Doyle has landed himself a new job

Doyle will take charge of Ulster’s Womens team.

Doyle took Ireland to the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup in 2014.
Doyle took Ireland to the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup in 2014.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

FORMER IRISH WOMEN’S rugby coach Philip Doyle is back in the game, after being appointed head coach of the Ulster Women.

Doyle will take charge of Ulster for the upcoming interprovincial series, along with Australian Jarret Truscott, who has recently taken over the head coaching role at AIL Division 2A side Maolne.

Doyle lead Ireland to a first ever women’s Six Nations and Grand Slam title in 2013, and masterminded their run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2014, as they became the first ever Irish side to beat New Zealand.

‘Goose’, as he’s affectionately known, had two spells in charge of the women’s national side, the first from 2003 to 2006, before returning to 2010, spearheading their growth to one of the world’s top sides.

His first task as Ulster coach will be August’s interprovincial series, with Munster looking to retain their title.

The Blackrock native will take charge of his first game against last year-s runners-up Leinster, before travelling to Thomond Park to face Ulster, ending the campaign at home to Connacht on September 5.

IRFU Fixtures – Women’s 2015 Inter-Pro Series

22rd Aug
Ulster v Leinster Venue: Portadown RFC  KO: 15.00
Connacht v Munster Venue: Sportsground  KO: 15.00

29th Aug
Munster v Ulster Venue: Thomond Park  KO: 14.30
Leinster v Connacht  Venue: Donnybrook Stadium KO: 14.30

5th Sept
Munster v Leinster Venue: Thomond Park   KO: 14.30
Ulster v Connacht Venue: Portadown RFC   KO: 15.00

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