Ireland rugby international with 62 caps to his name who was a central figure at Munster as a player and head coach
The first game of the Five Nations rugby championship in 1995 was not a happy one for Ireland. Will Carling’s England team swaggered into Dublin and in wretched conditions – the tournament still began in January in those days – their gargantuan pack of forwards helped them to a first win in what was to become a grand slam campaign. There was some consolation for the bedraggled Irish supporters, though. In the dying seconds, Anthony Foley, a 21-year-old flanker from the Shannon club, and one of three debutants in their side, marked his first game with a try from a tapped penalty. A great international career had begun.
Foley, who would go on to win 62 caps in the following decade, became a central figure for Ireland and Munster, whom he would lead to a Heineken Cup victory over Biarritz in 2006. His 202 appearances for Munster are a record. At the time of his sudden death, at the age of 42, he was head coach of Munster and had been preparing his side for their opening game in the European Champions Cup against Racing 92 in Paris. As a mark of respect the game on Sunday afternoon was postponed.