Anthony Foley has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of the current season.

Munster's most capped player (192 caps) made his 85th Heineken Cup appearance in Saturday's Pool Five victory against London Wasps.

His 23 Heineken Cup tries makes him Munster's leading tryscorer in that competition, and his overall total of 44 sees him lead the tryscoring list for the province.

Foley has been capped by Ireland at senior level on 62 occasions.

Speaking about his decision, the 34-year-old who led Munster to Heineken Cup victory in 2006 said: ‘It goes without saying that I have enjoyed my time immensely with Munster.

‘I've had a great career and I would like to say thanks to all those, starting in St Munchin's, then in my club Shannon and Munster for helping me in my career.

‘I don't want to mention names in case I leave people out, but my sincere thanks to those who have helped me along the way.

‘I'm not sure there is a good time to go, it certainly isn't easy to leave it behind but I think the end of this season is the right time to hang up the boots.’

Commenting on the news, Munster coach Declan Kidney said: ‘What can you say about an individual like Anthony Foley?

‘Those in the squad and management will remember his influence in the dressing room and his calmness and authority on the field.

‘Everyone knows him as a very good player. We know him as a very good man.’