Anthony Foley pictured with Munster scrum half Conor Murray
Anthony Foley pictured with Munster scrum half Conor Murray
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Foley Temporary Replacement For Smal
2 February 2012, 2:11 pm
By The Editor
Munster forward's coach Anthony Foley will temporarily replace Ireland forward's coach Gert Smal for the remainder of this year's six nations.
Ireland Coach Declan Kidney confirmed today that Gert Smal has been unwell during the week and will not be present at the RBS 6 Nations game between Ireland and Italy this weekend and will also not be involved for the remainder of the competition.

Anthony Foley has been appointed in Gert Smal's place to assist preparations for the last three weeks of the championship.

Ireland Coach Declan Kidney said, "Our hope is that Gert will make a quick recovery and that he will be back working with the squad as soon as possible. The medical advice given to us is that he needs rest and that he would not be with us for the rest of the championship.

"We felt that Anthony (Foley), as Munster and Ireland Wolfhounds forwards coach was the best person to help us out in Gert's (Smal) absence and we are delighted that both Munster and Anthony have agreed to our request.

Foley will complete his duties with Munster for their RaboDirect Pro12 game against Cardiff this evening and then join up with the squad ahead of tomorrow's game against Italy.

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