Michael Foley (rugby player)

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Michael Foley as NSW Waratahs head coach

Michael Foley (born 7 June 1967 in Sydney, Australia) is a former hooker for the Australia national rugby union team and current head coach of the Western Force in Super Rugby.

Playing career[edit]

A product of St Patrick's College, Strathfield, he represented New South Wales Schoolboys, Australian Schoolboys and NSW U21s. Foley played his club rugby for the Wests rugby club in Brisbane and, despite being born in Sydney, went on to win 111 state caps for Queensland Reds, 63 in the Super 12 competition.

He made his test debut 31 May 1995 at the age of 27 as a replacement against Canada during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He was a key member in the 1999 Rugby World Cup winning side and again in the side that was victorious over the 2001 British Lions. His final cap was a victory against Wales on 25 November 2001.

He retired from top-flight rugby in 2001 after notching up 50 international caps.

Coaching[edit]

Immediately after retiring in 2001, he became the forward coach of Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership league. In 2006, he left Bath to become an assistant coach for the Wallabies. He then signed on to become an assistant coach for the NSW Waratahs under Chris Hickey, whom he replaced at the end of the 2011 season.[1] He became the Waratahs' seventh head coach in the team's history, but only remained in charge for one season before taking over at the Western Force.[2]

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