Munster legend Ronan O'Gara and his Racing 92 players paid tribute to Anthony Foley on a poignant afternoon at the Stade Yves-Du-Manoir.
O'Gara, who won two Heineken Cup crowns alongside Foley as a player, donned a red t-shirt with Anthony Foley's name and the iconic number 8 on the back during Racing's warm-up for today's Champions Cup clash.
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The Pool One fixture was postponed last October after Munster head coach Anthony Foley died at the team hotel in the French capital on the morning of the game.
Munster and Racing fans greeted both sets of teams as they entered the stadium with Ronan O'Gara getting a huge ovation from members of the Red Army.
Racing unfurled two large banner ahead of the game. One will read 'AXEL', while the other says 'Red Army welcome back'.
Red smoke was also be released during a minute's applause ahead of the game in memory of 'Axel' Foley.
Munster ran out comfortable 32-7 winners to secure a winning bonus point and go three points clear at the top of Pool One
I guess we all have many and varying memories of that extraordinary few days in our lives back in October. When news came through from Paris that Munster head coach Anthony Foley had passed away in his hotel room overnight I guess it didn't register straight away. Certainly that was the case with me.
If there's such a thing as a month's mind in rugby, well then this it. Munster are back in Paris to play Racing Metro in a match that is more than a game. On this very day Racing Metro host a memorial service for the late and present Anthony 'Axel' Foley in the place where he took his last breath.
Pride is the overriding emotion that I feel as Munster return to the city where so many hearts were broken. I'm proud of how the players have responded since Anthony's passing. I'm proud of how the rugby community has rallied around the Foley family. I'm proud to be a Munster man.
It's a very poignant day in the history of Munster rugby as the province return to Paris for their rescheduled Champions Cup clash with Racing 92. The original fixture was postponed following the tragic death of head coach Anthony Foley.