02 Jul 2022

PROFILE: Limerick’s All Time Great - Anthony Foley

PROFILE: Limerick’s All Time Great - Anthony Foley

ANTHONY Foley left an indelible mark on Limerick, Munster and Ireland rugby, from his time as a player and coach.

Munster Rugby coach Anthony Foley died suddenly, aged 42, at the province’s team hotel in Paris in October 2016 on the morning of their Champions Cup clash with Racing 92.

News of Foley’s death was met with a sense of shock and disbelief throughout the country.

He took over as Munster head coach in July 2014. As a player, Shannon clubman Foley won 62 caps for Ireland — three of them as captain.

The St Munchin’s schools star played in the World Cups of ’95 and 2003, and his final Ireland appearance was against Wales in the 2005 Six Nations.

He captained Munster to their first Heineken Cup triumph in 2006 and played over 200 times for his province.

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