Philip 'Goose' Doyle has stepped away from his position as head coach of the Scotland women's team.

Doyle led his native Ireland to Grand Slam glory back in 2013. He took the reins in Scotland 15 months ago and had been contracted until this December, but the Covid-19 pandemic has forced him in to a change of plan.

Scottish Rugby said Doyle won't link up with the team when they resume training in the coming weeks because he's "shielding on medical grounds".

Doyle's assistant Bryan Easson takes over as interim head coach for the remainder of 2020. He'll lead the Scots into the upcoming Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

"While it is very frustrating not to be able to continue as Scotland head coach due to the restrictions around Covid-19, I feel it is the right thing to do both for me and also to enable the team to face the coming vital set of matches with some continuity in their coaching," said Doyle.

"I have greatly enjoyed working with the team and feel we're making good progress on and off the pitch as a group. I will miss being with the players and wish them well in the games ahead and will be watching with interest."