Openside flanker Sean Doyle is determined to make his mark at Ulster after joining the Province last month. "I didn’t come here for the sightseeing or the weather; I came here to play rugby," states the 23 year old.
“I think I was pretty close to making that next step back home but I wasn’t going to sit there and wait for it and Ulster gave me the opportunity so I’ve come over to make the most of it,” he added.
Elaborating on his reasons for making the move, he said: “I got a few games for Waratahs ‘A’ and Western Force ‘A’ but nothing really eventuated. Being Irish qualified, I looked into getting an Irish passport and got it sorted my manager put me in touch with Ulster.”
Doyle, whose Grandfather hails from County Clare continued: “Leaving my family and everything like that was tough. It was hard to leave my club team, I was captaining them and we were sitting second in the table. But at the end of the day it wasn’t a hard decision to leave.”
The likeable Aussie has settled in well to his new city and is enjoying the hospitality from his team mates and other locals. “The people are great. All the boys are good ‘craic’ as they like to call it. They’re all looking after me and taking me out to see a few things. Everyone else I’ve met has been really nice too.”
Doyle, who left his job as an electrician in Sydney to hook up with Ulster, is enjoying pre-season. “The rugby has been great so far, I’m enjoying playing with such a professional outfit. The training and facilities here are very good and the coaching staff are really on the ball and we’re all working towards the same goal.”
On new coach Mark Anscombe he said: “He’s got a very smart rugby brain. He’s pretty straight down the line and doesn’t beat about the bush which is the way it should be. He’s had a lot of emphasis on the ruck at the minute which is good, I like that. There’s lots of rucking in a game so if you can be effective at that, you’ve got a good chance of winning the game.”