Anthony Foley He has earned 62caps in total 1991 saw the start of Anthony’s international career when he played for the Irish Schools. Indeed since’91 he has played for Ireland every year at least once at various levels. Whether it’s a record or not, it’s a fantastic achievement.
In 1995, after playing two seasons with the U/21s, his superb form for Shannon and Munster brought him to the attention of the senior selectors. Following in his father’s footsteps he was selected to play in the first match of the season against England as a 21-year-old blind side wing forward. It turned out to be a memorable debut as he scored Ireland’s only try. Although selected for the 1995 World cup, it turned out to be a disappointment as Anthony played only once when he came on as a replacement. Only three more appearances in green were to follow between 1995 and 2000, but his powerhouse displays for Munster in the European cup, could no longer be ignored and he added a further
Since his reintroduction, he has become one of Ireland’s most consistent selections. A natural leader on the field, he became Shannon’s first senior international captain when Samoa visited Lansdowne Road in 2001.