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Botha gives his blessing to possible Foley appointment

Guinness PRO12 Editor

29 Feb 2012

Munster prop BJ Botha has backed calls for forwards coach Anthony Foley to become head coach at the end of the season after his call-up to Ireland’s Six Nations backroom staff.

Munsterman stalwart Foley, 38, is favourite to succeed outgoing coach Tony McGahan at the end of the RaboDirect PRO12 season and Botha is championing his cause.

The South African, who joined from Ulster at the start of the campaign, has seen first-hand the qualities of the former Ireland back rower in day-to-day training for the Thomond Park outfit and believes he is well suited to the top job.

Declan Kidney has seen enough of Foley to entrust him with Ireland’s forwards coach position following Gert Smal’s eye complaint, and the RaboDirect PRO12 champions can reap the benefits according to Botha.

He told the Irish Independent: "I know Anthony as our forwards coach so he deals with us much more often.

“As a player you like to be settled and have consistency and Munster create an environment where we look after ourselves on and off the field.

"Tony has been a sensational coach. He really made me feel part of the side straight away, he's a really big loss to Munster."