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'You were everything I wanted to be' - Jerry Flannery tweets poignant message remembering his 'hero' Axel

Published 19/10/2016 | 22:11

Jerry Flannery has joined the chorus of former players who have paid tribute to Anthony Foley, sharing a message on social media tonight remembering his friend.

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As well as soldiering alongside Foley in the Munster team, Flannery was also a coaching colleague at the southern province for the last two seasons as well as attending the same school, St Munchin's, as the legendary back row.

Video: Mourners sing emotional rendition of 'There is an Isle' in guard of honour for Anthony Foley's remains outside Thomond Park  

Earlier in the week, John Hayes revealed how Jerry Flannery broke the news of Foley's death to him, as the former hooker had been over in Paris with the Munster team preparing for their Champions Cup opener with Racing 92.

Tonight, Flannery paid tribute to his 'hero' Anthony Foley with a touching message:

"St.Munchins, Shannon RFC, Munster and Ireland. I am heartbroken. You were everything I ever wanted to be and you will always be my hero. RIP"

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