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Thursday 17 April 2014

Tony Ward: Anthony Foley appointment sends the right message

Tony Ward believes Anthony Foley's appointment will encourage Irish coaches
Tony Ward believes Anthony Foley's appointment will encourage Irish coaches

Former Ireland international Tony Ward has hailed the appointment of Anthony Foley at Munster, saying it sends “the right message” from the IRFU.

Holder of more than 200 Munster caps and the current forwards coach, Foley narrowly missed out on the role when Rob Penney was appointed two years ago and was widely expected to assume the role since it was announced that Penney would be leaving to take a coaching position in Japan.

Today Munster CEO Garret Fitzgerald confirmed the appointment of Foley and Ward says that not only is it the correct thing to do, but Munster have also got the “best man for the role.”

“This appointment seriously sends out the right message from the IRFU,” he said today.

“How many indigenous coaches are working within the provincial set-up at the moment?.

“You look at the likes of Conor O’Shea, Mark McCall, Bernard Jackman, Jeremy Davidson and they have left to get coaching opportunities. This will have the dual effect of motivating coaches here in Ireland”

“Not only is it correct in principle, Anthony is the best man for the role”

 

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