Clonmel rugby player Dave Foley’s star continues to rise, after he was called into the Irish squad for the autumn internationals.
The Munster lock has been included in the 37-man list for the games against South Africa, Georgia and Australia.
His call-up completes a memorable year for the 26 year-old, who made his Heineken Cup debut last January in Munster’s penultimate pool match away to Gloucester.
He has been a regular in the team since then and starred in their opening European Champions Cup game a fortnight ago when Munster staged a superb second half comeback, scoring 20 points after the break to beat Sale Sharks 27-26 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Munster faced another stiff test last weekend when Saracens visited Thomond Park, but Munster were in control from an early stage to wrap up their second win of the campaign.
Dave is son of Alice and Mark Foley. He was introduced to underage rugby in Clonmel by his uncle Shane and also played Gaelic football and hurling, as well as rowing, as a teenager.
He gave up rugby for a year when he was 16 but on his return quickly rose through the ranks, earning promotion from the East Munster Youths and Munster Youths, Irish Youths and the Munster Academy.
He is now in his fourth year as a pro, with his current two-year deal expiring at the end of this season.
A past pupil of Clonmel High School, he has a sister Jessica and a brother Daragh, who has returned from St Mary’s to play with Clonmel.