Wednesday 17 January 2018

Loss of Axel is really hard to comprehend

Anybody lucky enough to have known Anthony Foley is richer for the experience. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Anybody lucky enough to have known Anthony Foley is richer for the experience. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

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There have been lots of tributes pouring in for the late, great Anthony Foley all this week and rightly so - he was a legend of the game in this country, writes Johnny O'Connor.

I remember my first time in an Irish set-up, when there weren't that many Connacht players involved, and it was hard for me to fit in initially.

He was the guy who stood out and made me feel welcome. He was the true embodiment of what Munster people are like, and what that province pride themselves on.

Any time I dealt with him, I always found him very helpful, very friendly and he was so easy to talk to.

He was a true leader - there was a reason he got to captain big teams throughout his career.

It was fitting that he led Munster to their first European Cup and no doubt, that meant so much to him and his family.

He really was an incredible rugby player, he was really intelligent on the field and was such a calming influence to the players around him.

He had the great sense of humour, and was able to have a bit of fun too, when it was needed.

It's always terrible when someone passes away so young. I cannot imagine the shock that his family, and the whole of Munster Rugby are feeling.

Irish Independent

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