Anthony started his rugby career at school and after playing for Irish Schools, he toured New Zealand with them (1992), he joined Shannon. During the 1993/94 season he played for the Irish Under-21s against England, Wales and Scotland and he played for the Irish Development side against the United States in November 94. A week later he helped Ireland Under-21s beat England at Ravenhill. In January ’95 he won his first cap against England and marked the day by scoring Ireland’s sole try. He went on to play in the three remaining Five Nations games and also in the pre-World Cup match against Italy.
Foley captained Ireland in the November (2001) Test against Samoa at Lansdowne Road. He scored a try against France in the 2004 6 Nations opener in Paris and followed up with another in the game against Wales at Lansdowne Road. Foley, former Munster captain, started both Tests against South Africa on the 2004 summer tour, also played in all three of the ’04 autumn Tests and started all five of Ireland’s 2005 6 Nations fixtures.
Foley finished his career on a high with Munster by winning the 2008 Heineken European Cup and has remained with his winning side joining the management team as Assistant Coach 2008/2009. Foley was also involved in the Ireland setup as a forwards coach.
Anthony tragically passed away in October 2016 while in Paris with his beloved Munster for the Champions Cup tie with Racing 92.
He is sorely missed but his memory will live on.