Foley waiting for Saili impact

Date published: November 12 2015

Munster head coach Anthony Foley is eager to see the impact that destructive runner Francis Saili can make when his charges take on Treviso on Saturday.

The New Zealand-born centre has four caps for Munster where he has shown glimpses of his talent.

"Francis definitely brings something different to our midfield," Foley told the EPC Rugby website. 

"We know he can be a devastating runner and he has some wonderful offloads up his sleeve, but he is also very solid defensively.

"We have already seen some really nice touches from him and he is someone we expect to make an impact. I played alongside guys like Lifeimi Mafi and Rua Tipoki who were tremendous centres, and Francis is very much in the same mould. He is a high calibre player, and we hope he will bring a lot to us as a team."

Foley added that he is looking to make Munster's home ground a fortress this season.

"We know no-one is going to want to come and play us in front of a packed house at Thomond Park," he said.

"Winning your home games is going to be critical and we have a proud record at home. So we will be looking to make it an uncomfortable as possible when sides come to us and then it is about picking up points on the road.

"It is a very tough pool – let's face it there are no easy ones – but we have a proud history in Europe and we should have guys back as part of the group from the World Cup so we will be ready to go."