The Dallas Jackals obtained Ronan Foley from the Seattle Seawolves in exchange for 2024 salary cap considerations and the Jackals second-round pick from the 2024 MLR Collegiate Draft. The 25-year-old flanker/No.8 is 6’3″ and 233 lbs.
Ronan played 698 minutes in 11 matches, starting 8, and scoring 2 tries for the Seattle Seawolves in 2023.
Ronan played 1020 minutes in 15 matches, starting 13, and scored 3 tries for the Arrows in 2022. In 2022, he finished #1 in the MLR for the #8 position in run meters, meters gained, tackles made, and clean breaks, and was voted 2022 Player of the Year by the Toronto Arrows.
Ronan played 222 minutes in 4 matches, starting 3, after joining the Arrows late in the 2021 season as cover for the loss of players for internationals. He made 27 tackles (90% completion), 129 carry meters on 21 carries, 47 ruck arrivals, four tackle breaks, four lineout takes, and a breakdown steal.
Ronan played rugby for St. Mary’s in 2016 before attending University College Dublin. He initially played for the team’s U20s, but a year later joined the senior side. He was the Club Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season in 2017-2018 and was the team’s captain in the All-Ireland League in 2020-2021.
Ronan played for Ireland’s U20 in the 2017-18 U20 Six Nations against Italy, Wales, and Scotland. He also went through the Leinster Academy, played for Leinster A, and earned one cap with Leinster’s senior side in 2019.
Although from Ireland, Foley’s parents are Canadian citizens and Ronan has a Canadian passport and will be designated as a domestic player.