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Munster coach Anthony Foley says he has addressed the email issue with his squad and with individual players and hopes they have moved on. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Munster coach Anthony Foley says he has addressed the email issue with his squad and with individual players and hopes they have moved on. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

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Munster coach Anthony Foley says he has addressed the email issue with his squad and with individual players and hopes they have moved on. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Anthony Foley has attempted to draw a line beneath the email controversy that is threatening to overshadow his first match in charge, saying it will "galvanise" his Munster squad.

The province moved to clarify the events of the last week yesterday, with chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald revealing the office of the Data Protection Commissioner had been informed that an internal player review document had been circulated to the squad last Wednesday.

An internal review has confirmed that the document was attached to a standard squad schedule email in error, but Fitzgerald conceded that the contents could "upset" some members of the squad.

Munster sought legal advice and were advised to inform the DPC of the breach.

Foley promised such an error would never happen again, while Fitzgerald said current processes would be reviewed in the wake of the incident.

The coach has addressed the issue with his squad and with individual players and hopes they have moved on ahead of Friday's fixture against Edinburgh.

"It's not bad in terms of assuming everybody is out there to help you and give you a pat on the back and hope you well and wish you well and all that," he said. "There is a clear reminder that there's people out there that want to get you and want to see you fail. That's me as an individual, that's us as a team.

"There's people out there that have that in their mind. It's great going into the season knowing that, it can give us a galvanising effect. We want to make sure that we keep rugby in mind.

"Going into the season we are quite excited around where we are in terms of our preparation."

Meanwhile, Foley's former team-mate Ronan O'Gara is in hot water in France. The Racing Metro kicking coach will face a Top 14 disciplinary committee on September 17 after being reported for his "behaviour" during the club's superb win over Toulon last Saturday.

Irish Independent