Sunday 24 September 2017

Munster fans 'blown away' by 'phenomenal kindness' and gesture by Racing 92

Munster supporters pay their respects following the passing of Munster head coach Anthony Foley in Paris
Munster supporters pay their respects following the passing of Munster head coach Anthony Foley in Paris

Harry Clarke

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus has called it a week "that we remember Axel passing away".

Munster are back in France this weekend as they face the rescheduled Champions Cup clash against Racing 92 that was called off in October due to the tragic passing of Anthony Foley.

The Munster fans who will make the trip back over to France will be overwhelmed by emotion and memories of their beloved Axel.

The travelling faithful have been be uplifted by the heartfelt gesture of the Racing 92 fans who have offered to open up their homes to the Munster supporters in Paris.

“We are absolutely blown away by it. As a supporters club, we are deeply appreciative of the offer, we don’t even have the words to express our gratitude to Racing supporters,” Ian Buckley, secretary of Munster Rugby Supporters Club, told the Limerick leader.

The paper reports that the Racing fans compiled a list before Christmas of visiting supporters who wanted to take up the offer for this Saturday's match in order to bring down the cost for the Irish.

“When the offer came in from Racing we, as a committee, were absolutely blown away by it,” added Ian.

“It’s different to being put up in a hotel - to invite us into their homes shows the whole human side to it and it brought home to us how much respect  that people had in world rugby for Axel for a start and then for Munster fans as well.

“One of our representatives will be going over and presenting a signed shirt to our counterparts in Racing on Saturday. We believe from Racing’s side that they are trying to get as many people as they can from both sides to welcome in both teams into the stadium on Saturday. It’s in the early stages but hopefully it will work out.”

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