Michael Foley (rugby union)

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Michael Foley
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Michael Foley as NSW Waratahs head coach
Full name Michael Anthony Foley
Date of birth (1967-06-07) 7 June 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 233 lb (106 kg)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Apps (points)
1996–2001 Reds 111
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
1995–2001 Australia 50 (20)
Coaching career
Years Club / team    
Western Force

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

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 Souths 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.


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] Foley was the Western Force's third coach and remained in the role for four years before vacating the position in 2016.