Monday 24 October 2016

'Why Anthony Foley? Why not a lesser being? Someone without kids' - Former team mate on the 'mind-boggling' tragedy

Published 17/10/2016 | 11:45

Anthony Foley alongside Munster team mate Alan Quinlan in 2001
Anthony Foley alongside Munster team mate Alan Quinlan in 2001

Former Munster and Ireland star David Corkery epitomised the hurt and shock that has engulfed the rugby family after the sudden loss of Anthony Foley at 42.

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Tributes have been pouring in from far and wide after the tragic passing of Munster's first Heineken Cup-winning captain yesterday.

It is understood that Foley was found dead in the team’s hotel yesterday morning after he failed to appear at a team meeting at 9am before Munster's opening Champions Cup fixture with Racing Metro in Paris.

Speaking on Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One,  Corkery, a teammate of Anthony Foley when Munster first competed in the European Cup in 1995, said: “It’s one of those days where everything is a blur. 

"When the news filtered through yesterday it was, personally, for me, like being hit with a sledgehammer.  Immediately the questions that you have in life, they ring out.  Why him? Why not me? Why not some other, lesser being? A lesser person? Someone without kids. It’s hard.”

"It poses the questions 'is there a God?', 'Is there someone up there?'... if there is, why would he take some like Anthony at such a young age, with a young family and his whole life ahead of him? It's hard.

“We had a few battles, playing for Shannon and Cork Constitution.  We went on to play Munster schools together, Irish schools, right up to senior level.  On numerous occasions I would have roomed with the guy.  It’s just mind-boggling.”

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