Munster legend Foley would consider coaching abroad

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster forwards coach, Anthony Foley
MUNSTER forwards coach Anthony Foley is not ruling out the possibility of moving abroad to further his coaching career in the coming years.

MUNSTER forwards coach Anthony Foley is not ruling out the possibility of moving abroad to further his coaching career in the coming years.

Foley’s contract as the province’s forwards coach - along with other senior members of the province’s management team - is up at the end of the season.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Limerick Leader this week, Foley said: “I think you always have to look at everything. You take everything into account. It’s not just a whim. You can’t not look at the experience other people get from coming to Ireland, getting coaching jobs over here and the experience they get on foot of that experience (get) other jobs elsewhere.

“If young, foreign coaches are coming in getting their experiences and because they are getting those experiences, the Irish coaches aren’t getting them, then we probably need to look somewhere else to get those experiences. It doesn’t matter what job you are in, you need experience to grow. Those experiences are got from being in it, rolling up your sleeves and doing it.”

Asked whether the issue of a new contract had come up for discussion, former Munster and Ireland number eight Foley said ‘there isn’t any chat around that’ at present.

Foley, who was the bookies’ favourite to succeed Tony McGahan as Munster’s head coach prior to the appointment of Rob Penney in May 2012, has received plenty of plaudits for the work he has done with the province’s pack since succeeding Laurie Fisher as forwards coach in the summer of 2011.

Forty-year-old Foley, who won 62 caps for Ireland and played 201 times for Munster, initially worked as a technical adviser and assistant coach (defence) with the province after retiring form playing at the end of the 2007/08 season.

Shannon clubman Foley also spent two Six Nations Championships and an autumn international series assisting Declan Kidney in the Ireland coaching set-up after Gert Smal became unavailable.

However, new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt opted not to extend Foley’s involvement with the national team.

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview in this week’s sport section of the Limerick Leader, Foley gives his insight on the pros and cons of playing in France for top Irish professionals, the pressures of his time working as an assistant coach with Declan Kidney’s Ireland, the possibility of moving abroad in order to further his coaching career at some stage and his firm belief that a long-awaited Irish win over the All-Blacks is not far away.

For the full interview see this weekend’s print edition of the Limerick Leader