Grieving Munster plan for Glasgow tie to go ahead on Saturday
Published 19/10/2016 | 02:30
Although no official decision has been taken on Saturday's European Champions Cup pool match between Munster and Glasgow Warriors going ahead at Thomond Park, the Irish province have given a strong indication that they will take the field.
In a statement issued yesterday, the province said they were "working and planning" towards the round two clash despite the tragic death of head coach Anthony Foley in Paris on Sunday.
Foley's funeral will take place in Killaloe on Friday after French authorities established his cause of death as heart disease last night. His body will be repatriated to Shannon today and he will lie in repose at St Flannan's Church from 1.0pm to 8.30pm tomorrow.
Munster's opening game against Racing 92 was called off and tournament organisers EPCR have yet to confirm that the second game will take place.
Tickets for the match, which is scheduled to kick-off at 1.0pm, remained on sale last night and are expected to sell out if the fixture is confirmed as fans flock to pay their respects to the man who led the Reds to their first Heineken Cup in 2006.
The squad and management yesterday began preparations for the game, but the statement made clear that their priority is to provide any help and assistance to Foley's family. The Munster 'A' game against Doncaster has been postponed.
"The Munster squad are working and planning towards Saturday's encounter," the statement read. "The squad are following a modified schedule with players and management yesterday signing books of condolence in memory of their colleague and friend Anthony Foley. The thoughts of the players, management and staff remain with the Foley and Hogan families. Assisting them at this time continues to be the priority.
"At an extremely difficult time, Munster Rugby could not be more grateful for the consideration and compassion shown from the wider community."