Saturday 3 December 2016

There will be a special tribute to Anthony Foley before all Champions Cup games this weekend

Published 19/10/2016 | 14:28

Tributes are paid to Munster head coach Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park at the Shannon RFC clubhouse gate. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/ Sportsfile
Tributes are paid to Munster head coach Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park at the Shannon RFC clubhouse gate. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/ Sportsfile

The rugby world will pay tribute to the late Anthony Foley when Munster play Glasgow Warriors this Saturday.

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Tournament organisers have confirmed that the Champions Cup pool game against Glasgow will be played as scheduled in Limerick on Saturday and there will be a special tribute to Axel before all games.

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European Professional Club Rugby said the decision had been made "after close consultation with the Munster management".

Munster head coach Anthony Foley died at the team hotel in Paris last weekend before Munster's scheduled Champions Cup match against Racing 92, which was postponed as a result.

The 42-year-old's funeral will take place in County Clare on Friday.

In a statement, EPCR said: "EPCR can officially confirm that the Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors Champions Cup, Round 2 match will be played as scheduled at Thomond Park on Saturday (kick-off 1300).

"The decision was made after close consultation with the Munster management.

"At this particularly difficult time following the passing of Anthony Foley, EPCR would like to once again convey its deepest sympathies to the Foley family and to everyone at Munster Rugby.

"EPCR has requested that a minute's silence or a minute's applause in Anthony's memory be observed at all Round 2 matches in the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup."

A French coroner said on Tuesday that Foley died due to a heart condition which led to a build-up of fluid in his lungs.

Former back-row forward Foley played 62 times for Ireland, led Munster to their first European Cup victory in 2006 and was central to the province's repeat success two years later.

He scored 39 tries for his province and made 86 appearances in European competition before taking on backroom roles from 2009. He was named head coach in 2014.

Additional reporting by PA

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