Sunday 25 June 2017

Foley welcomes external influences

Munster head coach Anthony Foley:
Munster head coach Anthony Foley: "It's important to see what other teams are doing and you learn and have conversations. Not everybody has it mastered."

Declan Rooney

Munster coach Anthony Foley said it is important that the professional game in the province is not 'insular' and is open to sharing knowledge and learning from other coaches.

Foley said he was delighted to open the province's doors to the technical director of the Italian Rugby, Franco Ascione, who joined up with the Munster coaches last week.

Munster take on Italian side Treviso in the Pro12 at Irish Independent Park tomorrow and Foley says that it is important rugby can transcend boundaries and borders in order for the sport to grow.

"For a lot of my coaching career I have sat in lectures with Franco and he is a very intelligent man, he comes across very well, he has got a good point of view, he is a great man to talk to," said Foley.

"It was good to have him over here last week for our academy and our under-age coaches, our rugby development officers and also we sat down with him for three or four hours with the senior staff and we had a good conversation with him around certain aspects of the game.

"He took part of our training session last week, the boys really enjoyed it. It's something to try and get more engagement. Not being insular and making sure that we get other points of view.

"We can do it through that and do it through other coaches. A lot of S&C and physios would cross over, I've gone down to Australia, I've gone over to France and I have sat in on other coaches and teams.

"It's important to see what other teams are doing and you learn and have conversations. Not everybody has it mastered," added Foley.

Irish Independent

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