Tuesday 23 January 2018

Fergal Keane: Foley had Munster way - respect built on old-fashioned manliness

The rugby legend knew victory and defeat but in it all he gave everything he had... just like his father Brendan had done before him

'Anthony Foley could be as hard as nails. You have to be in rugby. But he embodied an old-fashioned manliness. It was built on the idea of respect. For yourself, your team, your family, your community' Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
'Anthony Foley could be as hard as nails. You have to be in rugby. But he embodied an old-fashioned manliness. It was built on the idea of respect. For yourself, your team, your family, your community' Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Fergal Keane

I did not know Anthony Foley but I knew what he stood for. It went far beyond what happened on the pitch. It was bigger than cups and medals.

I do not claim the values that defined him belonged exclusively to Munster, or indeed to the game of rugby. But I write as a Munster man and pay tribute to a lost leader of exemplary virtues.

In the figure of Anthony Foley, we saw the supreme expression of the values of courage, honour and humility.

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