Monday 5 December 2016

'Heartbroken. We have lost an incredible man' - Ronan O' Gara pays tribute to Anthony Foley

Published 16/10/2016 | 22:51

Ronan O'Gara said he was 'heartbroken'
Ronan O'Gara said he was 'heartbroken'

Irish rugby player Ronan O'Gara said he is "heartbroken" at the tragic passing of Munster rugby coach Anthony Foley.

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O'Gara took to Twitter to mourn the Irish rugby legend saying "we have lost an incredible man. Too sad to tweet further. Sleep well Axel. We love you."

Thousands of mourners have paid tribute to the Munster coach Anthony Foley (42) who died suddenly in France on Saturday night.

Munster were in Paris to play Racing 92 in the Champions Cup today and that clash has been postponed.

A book of condolences has been opened for thousands to remember the sporting legend.

Rugby commentator Tom McGurk said: "It was a great leader - he was the heart and soul of that Munster team. It's absolutely shocking.

With Ireland too Anthony Foley had lots to offer. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
With Ireland too Anthony Foley had lots to offer. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

"A great great Munster rugby family - his father Brendan played for Ireland, his sister Rosie played for the Ireland women team.

"He went from captaincy to coaching of Munster. The whole rugby family of Ireland and across Europe is in mourning.

Tributes are paid to Anthony Foley at Shannon RFC clubhouse gate in Thomond Park last night. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Tributes are paid to Anthony Foley at Shannon RFC clubhouse gate in Thomond Park last night. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

"My deepest sympathies to his wife and young children.

""He was a tremendous leader and a massive, massive loss to Irish rugby.

"He was always very friendly, always up for a bit of craic. Always at the heart of it and had huge respect and was a really hard man in his physicality and in his attitude.

"I think he brought to that Munster pack a sense of steel and a sense of strength and naturally he emerged as a leader and when he captained the Irish side as well he brought that same leadership.

"He died in a hotel in Paris. Munster were there playing this afternoon against Racing. It's ironic that the team coach there is Ronan O'Gara, a close friend on that team."

Mourners are being asked to wear Munster colours on Monday to remember rugby legend Anthony Foley.

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