Scotland Women appoint new Head Coach
Former Ireland Women’s Head Coach Philip Doyle has been named as the new Scotland Women Head Coach.
Doyle comes with a wealth of international experience in the women’s game developed over two spells with the Irish team which saw a Grand Slam achieved in 2013 and qualification to the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
He first coached the Ireland Women’s National team in 2003 for three years.
He returned as head coach in 2010 and led the team to its first Women’s Six Nations title, achieving a Grand Slam and Triple Crown in the process, in 2013.
Doyle also created history when Ireland Women defeated the NZ Black Ferns in the pool stages of the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup, becoming the first Irish international side to beat a New Zealand national team. They reached the semi-finals before finishing in fourth place.
He replaces former Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Shade Munro who led the Scotland Women team from 2015 to March this year.
Gemma Fay, Head of Women and Girls Rugby at Scottish Rugby, said, “I am delighted we have been able to secure a coach who has the experience and proven record of success in the women’s international game that Philip has.
“We are at an important moment in the Scotland Women squad development cycle as we prepare for the World Cup qualification process and I believe that Philip has the right experience to be able to take us through this period and compete for a place in the tournament.”
Since stepping down from the Ireland Women coaching team in 2014, Doyle has continued to be active in coaching and has had roles at Ulster Women’s Rugby and Blackrock College RFC.
Doyle said, “I am very excited to take on this appointment and look forward to getting stuck in and getting to know the Scottish players.
“We don’t have long in real terms until the World Cup Qualification process begins but I am confident that with some hard work we will have sufficient time to develop further in working towards this objective.”
Technical Director at Scottish Rugby, Stephen Gemmell said, “Given where we are in the performance calendar it was important this group of players could be led and developed by a coach with international experience ahead of the qualification phase of the Rugby World Cup.
“We wanted someone with a proven track record at this level and Philip’s achievements made him the outstanding candidate.”
Doyle’s contract initially runs until the end of the qualification period for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup when both parties will have an opportunity to review the role going forward.
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