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Sky Sports aired the 2006 Heineken Cup final in tribute to Anthony Foley and the response was huge

David Smith

Published 18/10/2016 | 09:50

Munster captain Anthony Foley lifts the Heineken Cup at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, in 2006. Photo: David Davies/PA
Munster captain Anthony Foley lifts the Heineken Cup at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, in 2006. Photo: David Davies/PA

While Liverpool and Manchester United played out a drab 0-0 draw in Anfield on Sky Sports One last night, rugby fans were treated to a fitting tribute to Anthony Foley over on Sky Sports 5.

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The channel aired the 2006 Heineken Cup final between Munster and Biarritz. Anthony Foley was captain on the day, and played a massive role in the province's first European triumph.

It was a day of glory for Munster in Cardiff, and the decision to show the match as a tribute to Foley sparked an emotional response on Twitter.

Here is the best of the reaction:

First half at Anfieldbig let-down unlike '06 Heineken Cup final now on @SkySports 5 Munster v Biarritz full-blooded & hard-nosed #RIPAxel

— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) 17 October 2016

Watching #Munster v #Biarritz in 06 HC Final on @SkySportsRugby & feel so privileged to have been there that day & see #AnthonyFoley triumph

— Sinead Ryan (@SineadRyPiano) 17 October 2016

Standing ovation as Foley goes off with 10 minutes to go. Barnes: "Foleyhas been heroic again!"

— Michael McCarthy (@McCarthyMick) 17 October 2016

Went to watch Liverpool v united at 8 ,Munster v Biarritz 2006 Heineken cup final on ss5 .still spine tingling 10 years on .#ripaxel

— Jerry Moloney(@JerryMoloney1) 17 October 2016

Munster won 23-19 on the day, and were welcomed back to Limerick as heroes.

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