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Dave Foley made his Irish debut against Georgia on Sunday and put in a man of the match performance. Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Dave Foley made his Irish debut against Georgia on Sunday and put in a man of the match performance. Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Dave Foley made his Irish debut against Georgia on Sunday and put in a man of the match performance. Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Dave Foley's Irish debut on Sunday brings the number of full senior internationals in the current Munster squad to 18.

The most capped of them is Paul O'Connell, who has 95 caps to his name, with 260 shared out amongst the rest of the Irish contingent, while tighthead prop BJ Botha has featured for South Africa on 25 occasions.

Foley was named man of the match and emphasised the significance of his first cap, but he wished he didn't have to wait this long to get his chance.

"It is very important, I am 26 years of age now, I would have hoped it would have come two years sooner but I am delighted to get the opportunity and hopefully I can kick on from here," he said.

Twelve of Munster's internationals are forwards, with O'Connell edging past Donncha O'Callaghan in the list.

Injuries ruled out several players during the November internationals, preventing them from adding to their caps.

The forwards who have been capped are: O'Connell (95), O'Callaghan (94), Donnacha Ryan (28), BJ Botha (25 - SA), Peter O'Mahony (24), Dave Kilcoyne (11), Tommy O'Donnell (6), Damien Varley (3), Stephen Archer (2), James Cronin (1), Foley (1) and Mike Sherry (1).

Six backs have been capped with Keith Earls leading the way but Conor Murray is closing the gap all the time.

The backs who have played senior international rugby are: Keith Earls (39), Conor Murray (29), Simon Zebo (10), Felix Jones (7), Ian Keatley (3) and Denis Hurley (1).

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