'To say that we were touched is an understatement' - Anthony Foley's family overwhelmed by amazing tribute
Published 06/11/2016 | 11:34
The family of Anthony Foley have revealed just what Saturday night's tribute to Axel meant to them.
The Ireland team formed a figure of eight during the All Blacks' Haka, putting the Munster players to the fore as a mark of respect to the recently departed former back-row who won 62-caps for his country and passed away three weeks' ago.
Ireland beat the world champions following the tribute with an outstanding performance at Chicago.
In a post on the Axel Foley Memorial Facebook page, the family admitted they were touched by the thoughtful tribute and added that, ironically, Anthony Foley played against the All Blacks 15 years ago and lost on a scoreline of 40-29 - the exact score Ireland won by last night in Soldier Field, Chicago.
"To say that we were touched by how Ireland faced the New Zealand Haka, drawing inspiration from the No. 8, would be an understatement. Ironically, 15 years ago Anthony played for Ireland against and lost to New Zealand on a score of......40-29.
"Last night's Irish response to the Haka was incredible remembrance. Today is our second #8masses4no8 Sunday and we'll be remembring Anthony and all who have gone before us by lighting our candle.
"We will also dedicate it as thanks to Anthony's former colleagues for this special moment, for his life and for the lives of all others who have gone before us, and to all for their support.
"Today is, of course, a special Sunday - the first Sunday in that month dedicated to remembering those who have gone before us. We'll be lighting our candle this morning, please join us and do so for your loved ones also."
Watch the Irish team form a figure of eight as New Zealand perform the Haka.