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Saturday 24 June 2017

Rassie Erasmus: Anthony Foley still has major role to play

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and head coach Anthony Foley in Limerick Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and head coach Anthony Foley in Limerick Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Rassie Erasmus has insisted that Anthony Foley still has a major role to play at Munster as they look to put recent disappointments behind them.

The new director of rugby will assume full control but Erasmus is adamant that Foley will remain an integral part of the set-up. Foley's contract runs until the end of next season but Erasmus sees a long-term future for him at Munster.

"The most important thing is to have Munster guys helping drive the culture," Erasmus said.

"You get myself and Jacques (Nienaber) coming in and if you were looking at another assistant or five different (foreign) players you would bugger up the Munster culture.

"To get Axel (Foley), Jerry (Flannery) and Felix (Jones) in the mix is unbelievable and will help to drive it the Munster way and not an international way.

"For me, Axel is still the head coach. He worries about the day-to-day things and setting up the team for the next opponent. I put the tactics in place and make sure we have the right strategies, but he puts it into action."

Meanwhile, Peter O'Mahony is set to miss the start of the season as he continues to recover from the knee injury he picked up at the World Cup.

The Munster captain is understood to have suffered a setback and Erasmus admitted that he would not rush him back into action.

"He's touch and go until round two or three (of the Pro12). We won't push it, we will be conservative with him because he is such a leader."

Irish Independent

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