Friday 24 March 2017

Woodward: Hero Axel was an 'ever present'

Clive Woodward yesterday in Dublin Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Clive Woodward yesterday in Dublin Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ryan Nugent

World Cup winning England rugby coach, Clive Woodward led the tributes to Anthony Foley saying he was "ever present in the most amazing games" between Ireland and England during his time as manager.

Woodward managed England between 1997 and 2004.

In 2003, he coached his side to Grand Slam victory in a winner-takes-all match against Ireland, featuring Foley.

England won 42-6 at Lansdowne Road.

Speaking at the One-Zero conference at the RDS in Dublin yesterday, Woodward made a point of paying his respects to Foley, before any interview took place.

"I just wanted to pass on my own personal wishes to his family and everyone in Ireland," he said.

"It was a huge shock, especially for us over in England as well. Axel was ever present . . . in the most amazing games."

Less than an hour previously, hundreds in attendance at the conference stood together in unison to recognise Foley's tragic death.

A minute's applause was held inside the conference centre shortly after radio stations across the country played out the 'Fields of Athenry' in tribute at the time of his funeral.

One Zero was co-founded by entrepreneurs Ross O'Dwyer and Richard Barrett.

Irish Independent

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