Tuesday 6 December 2016

Stringer starts for Sale hours after saying last goodbye

Published 22/10/2016 | 02:30

Stringer lines up for Sale Sharks for last night’s game against Toulon. Photo: Getty Images
Stringer lines up for Sale Sharks for last night’s game against Toulon. Photo: Getty Images

Peter Stringer mourned the untimely death of his friend and former team-mate Anthony Foley in Killaloe yesterday before flying back to Manchester to start Sale Sharks' Champions Cup game.

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The former Munster scrum-half, who hailed Foley as his 'protector' this week, flew back on a private jet to take his place on the Sale team to face three-time champions Toulon at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Sale boss Steve Diamond revealed before the game that the 38-year-old Corkman was adamant he was not missing the funeral but was equally determined not to miss last night's game.

"The tragedy of last weekend everybody knows about. Strings made it clear that he wouldn't miss the funeral but he also didn't want to miss the game," Diamond explained to BT Sport.

"Ged Mason, the new owner, put on a private plane and we whipped him in and out.

"He said Anthony Foley would have wanted him to play. He's got his own motivations from his friendship there."

Irish Independent

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