Irish Rugby Mourns the Loss of a Legend

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Irish rugby was yesterday mourning the death of their 1985 Triple Crown-winning coach Mick Doyle. The 63-year-old, who was killed in a road accident yesterday, will be remembered as a giant of the sport who helped mastermind one of Irish rugby's finest achievements.

A larger-than-life character, back-row forward Doyle won 20 caps for Ireland between 1965-68, three with his younger brother Tommy in the same team, and scored a debut try against France at Lansdowne Road. He toured South Africa with the 1968 Lions, while his club career included spells with Garryowen, Blackrock College, University College Dublin, Edinburgh Wanderers and Cambridge University.

As a coach, Doyle enjoyed success with Leinster where he oversaw inter-provincial championship honours five years in succession between 1979-83. Those triumphs provided an obvious springboard to the national set-up, and he was at the helm when Ireland secured Five Nations championship and Triple Crown glory in 1985. …