'Something is wrong when a father buries his son' - Wood
Published 18/10/2016 | 02:30
Former Ireland captain Keith Wood has paid a heartfelt tribute to Anthony Foley, saying: "There's something wrong when a father buries his son."
Teammate and childhood friend Wood returned to Killaloe, Co Clare, to offer his condolences to the family.
"There's something wrong when a father buries his son. That's truly dreadful," he told 'Today with Pat Kenny' on Newstalk.
"For me you think of Brendan [his father], Sheila [his mother], Rosie and Orla, his two sisters, but it's Olive his wife who was so perfect for him and his two boys who at a young age have to go on without their father. It's heartbreaking. It's just wrong. It just doesn't make any sense... It brings the sense of mortality very close.
"I think there is a huge shock around the country for a young man to fall in his pomp, but also the fact that he would have touched a huge amount of lives."
Wood added: "There is a strange humanity that comes through it. My phone has hopped and it's been interesting about all the texts that have come in because they are coming in from people who knew that he and I were friends.
"He touched a huge number of people. Everywhere he played and did anything, there was a trophy in his hand at the end of it because it wasn't only that he was a good player, he knew how to win."