Monday 5 December 2016

Leinster pay special tribute to the late Anthony Foley in Montpellier

Published 23/10/2016 | 13:49

23 October 2016; Leinster players stand for a moments applause in memory of the late Munster head coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 2 match between Leinster and Montpellier at Altrad Stadium in Montpellier, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
23 October 2016; Leinster players stand for a moments applause in memory of the late Munster head coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 2 match between Leinster and Montpellier at Altrad Stadium in Montpellier, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
23 October 2016; Jamie Heaslip and his Leinster team-mates wear red tops in memory of the late Munster head coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 2 match between Leinster and Montpellier at Altrad Stadium in Montpellier, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
23 October 2016; Leinster players wear red tops in memory of the late Munster head coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 2 match between Leinster and Montpellier at Altrad Stadium in Montpellier, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
23 October 2016; Leinster players stand for a moments silence in memory of the late Munster head coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 2 match between Leinster and Montpellier at Altrad Stadium in Montpellier, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
23 October 2016; Leinster players stand for a moments silence in memory of the late Munster head coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 2 match between Leinster and Montpellier at Altrad Stadium in Montpellier, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Leinster donned red jerseys adorned with the number 8 ahead of their Champions Cup clash with Montpellier today yo pay homage to the late Anthony Foley.

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A minute's silence is being observed at every Champions Cup and Challenge Cup game this weekend but Leo Cullen's men went a step further with their jersey tribute.

Many of the Leinster squad would have played under Foley when he was part of Joe Schmidt's Ireland backroom team.

Foley captained Munster in many high octane inter-provincial clashes with Leinster but it's abundantly clear there was a huge level of mutual respect.


Ulster fans showed their class last night by singing a haunting rendition of the 'Fields Of Athenry' moments after the kick-off in their dramatic 19-18 win over the Exeter Chiefs.

Watch below:


Today in Parma, Connacht are wearing red armbands as a mark of respect to Foley.

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